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A Humanitarian Crisis: Response to Cruise Ships Stranded at Sea Tests Our Deepest Human Values

A Humanitarian Crisis Response to Cruise Ships Stranded at Sea Tests Our Deepest Human Values By Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line The coronavirus (COVID-19) has run rampant through neighborhoods, businesses and nations, catching all us off guard. Stoked by fear of contagion, millions of people around the world are sheltering in place waiting out…   read more of “A Humanitarian…”

Holland America Line Extends Temporary Pause of its Global Ship Operations for 30 Additional Days

Holland America Line Extends Temporary Pause of its Global Ship Operations for 30 Additional Days

Due to the continued port closures and travel restrictions surrounding global health concerns, Holland America Line has made the decision to extend its pause of global cruise operations for an additional 30 days, cancelling sailings scheduled to depart through May 14, 2020. Guests currently booked on cruises from April 14 through May 14 and their…   read more of “Holland America…”

VIDEO UPDATES: Zaandam and Rotterdam

(March 29, 6:45 PT/9:45 pm ET) This video from Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford regarding the transit of the Panama Canal was shared on board Zaandam and Rotterdam. (March 29, 2:45 pm PT/5:45 pm ET): Please take a moment to watch an update from Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford that was broadcast on in-stateroom…   read more of “VIDEO UPDATES:…”

Statement Regarding Zaandam

(March 28, 8 pm PT/11 pm ET): We are aware of reported permission for both Zaandam and Rotterdam to transit the Panama Canal in the near future. We greatly appreciate this consideration in the humanitarian interest of our guests and crew. This remains a dynamic situation, and we continue to work with the Panamanian authorities…   read more of “Statement Regarding…”

Holland America Line Ship Disembarkation Update

Holland America Line Ship Disembarkation Update

UPDATE March 21 (2:15 p.m. PT/5:15 p.m. ET): The following is an update for Amsterdam, Maasdam and Zaandam. We will provide further updates as they are available. AMSTERDAM: The ship is alongside at Fremantle, Australia, where disembarkation began today, March 21, local time. Full disembarkation of all guests is expected through March 23. Carnival Australia…   read more of “Holland America…”

Holland America Line Announces a Voluntary and Temporary Pause of its Global Ship Operations for 30 Days

Holland America Line Announces a Voluntary and Temporary Pause of its Global Ship Operations for 30 Days

Due to the continued port closures and travel restrictions surrounding COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution, Holland America Line has made the decision to voluntarily pause global cruise operations of its 14 ships for 30 days, impacting sailings scheduled to depart through April 14, 2020. “These are unprecedented times, and while no guests or…   read more of “Holland America…”

Canada Suspends Cruise Season Until July 1, 2020

Canada Suspends Cruise Season Until July 1, 2020

We are aware that this morning it was announced that effective today, Transport Canada has suspended the cruise season across Canada until July 1, 2020. We will be evaluating our Alaska and Canada & New England cruises scheduled within this time frame and when more information is available we will share it. Guests booked on…   read more of “Canada Suspends…”