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Holland America Line Announces Fall 2021 Cruise Plans

Holland America Line is gearing up to restart cruising out of Port of San Diego in California beginning with a season of cruises to Mexico, Hawaii and along the California coast aboard Koningsdam and Zuiderdam. The cruise line has expanded the season with the addition of six new cruise departures for Zuiderdam and two new cruises on Koningsdam, offering a total of 40 cruises from San Diego from September 2021 through April 2022.

With the resumption of service on the West Coast, Holland America Line also is looking toward cruising in the Caribbean with four ships. All sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the season will begin Oct. 23, 2021, with Nieuw Amsterdam. The ship will be joined by the new Rotterdam Nov. 3, Eurodam Nov. 14 and Nieuw Statendam Nov. 21. Caribbean cruises range in length from four to 14 days, span the entire region and include a call at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island.

“San Diego has always been an incredible homeport for our ships, and we are eager to restart on the West Coast with two ships operating an expanded season, including the debut of Koningsdam on these itineraries and close-to-home California cruises that our guests are going to love,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “We’ve also been anticipating announcing our plans for the Caribbean and we’re thrilled to have four ships in the region, including our new Rotterdam. Cruising is back and having vaccinated ships for these cruises in 2021 ensures that we can deliver the experience just how our guests remember and expect. We’re ready to cruise!”

A Cruise Experience That is a Cruise
The on-board cruise experience will offer amenities that are a hallmark of the brand. Dining will be available in all restaurants and specialty venues, as well as room service. Entertainment will be in full swing in the main show lounge, and live music and dancing will be featured in Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard and Rolling Stone Rock Room.

Port-to-Table culinary demonstrations, EXC Talks and other enrichment programming will bring regional cultures on board through engaging activities and special presentations. Guests may choose to explore port destinations independently or on ship-sponsored tours, following the local ports’ health guidelines.

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Highlights of the 2021-2022 San Diego Cruise Season:
• Zuiderdam: Sept. 18, 2021, to April 22, 2022: 17 cruises from San Diego — eight Mexico, four California coast, three Hawaii and two Panama Canal.
• Koningsdam: Oct. 10, 2021, to April 3, 2022: 23 cruises from San Diego — 15 Mexico, six California coast and two Hawaii cruises.
• Seven-day cruises along the California coast include a new itinerary that calls at Catalina, Santa Barbara and San Francisco for a late evening stay, along with Ensenada, Mexico. Additional “Classic California Coast” cruises include California calls at Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Avalon, and at Ensenada.
• A new 21-day Panama Canal cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam from Seattle, Washington, to Fort Lauderdale departs Oct. 2 includes calls at San Diego; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Half Moon Cay.
• All seven-day “Mexican Riviera” cruises feature three Mexican ports of call: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.
• “Mexico and Sea of Cortez” itineraries are between nine and 12 days and call at a combination of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, Guaymas, Topolobampo, Pichilingue (La Paz) and Loreto, Mexico.
• “Circle Hawaii” cruises are 17 or 18 days and call at the Hawaiian ports of Lahaina, Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili and Kona, and Ensenada.
• Two 14-day cruises through the Panama Canal from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale on Zuiderdam depart Jan. 2 and Jan. 30, 2022.

Highlights of the 2021-2022 Caribbean Cruise Season:
• Nieuw Amsterdam: Oct. 23, 2021, to April 7, 2022: 24 cruises to the eastern, western and southern Caribbean. All itineraries are seven days except a nine-day holiday cruise departing Dec. 30.
• Rotterdam: Nov. 3, 2021, to April 10, 2022: The ship kicks off its maiden season in the Caribbean with a series of 22 cruises, ranging from three to 11 days covering a wide offering of Caribbean ports.
• Eurodam: Nov. 14, 2021, to April 10, 2022: 15 departures, including 12 10- and 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruises featuring a partial Panama Canal exploration of Gatun Lake and three seven-day eastern Caribbean itineraries.
• Nieuw Statendam: Nov. 21, 2021, to March 27, 2022: 15 cruises to the eastern, western, southern and tropical Caribbean ranging from seven to 11 days.
• All itineraries include a call at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private Bahamian island. This quintessential sanctuary features the finest beaches in the Caribbean; a natural 700-acre lagoon; incredible two-story villas and private cabanas; delicious dining venues like Lobster Shack; and a variety of fun-filled shore excursions for nature lovers, adventurous travelers and explorers.

Awards and Accolades for Top Destination Cruise Experiences
Holland America Line took home the Editor’s Pick Award for the best Hawaii sailings in the 2020 TravelAge West Wave Awards. In 2019, the company was named “Best in the Mexican Riviera” in the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards, solidifying the line as the number-one choice in the region. Both Porthole Cruise Magazine and Travel Weekly readers have named Half Moon Cay the industry’s Best Private Island.

Cruise and Stay Healthy
These Holland America Line cruises in 2021 are available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. Holland America Line will continue to monitor the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local, state and federal officials in the homeports and ports of call. Onboard protocols and vaccination requirements will be adjusted as necessary. Shipboard crew vaccinations will also be in accordance with CDC guidelines.

2021 Cruises to Asia, Australia and South America Canceled
While Holland America Line continues to work with governments and port authorities in coordination with the phased resumption of cruising in other areas of the world, the company is canceling cruises in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and South America through the remainder of 2021, along with the Collectors’ Voyages (combined cruises) associated with those departures. This affects itineraries on Noordam (Asia), Oosterdam (Australia) and Westerdam (South America). In addition, fall sailings through the end of 2021 on Volendam and Zaandam also are cancelled.

Options for Guests on Canceled Cruises
Guests currently booked on canceled departures will be moved automatically to a comparable 2021 voyage or an equivalent 2022 departure at the current per-day fare paid and in the same or equivalent stateroom category. They may also opt to receive a Future Cruise Credit of 110% of any cash paid that will be placed in the guest’s loyalty account. Any guest on a canceled voyage also can request a full refund of all monies paid to Holland America Line.

  • Sam Cosentino

    Any news about the Eurodam crossing from Barcelona to Ft Lauderdale? It’s listed as Inactive, but don’t believe HAL would sail the ship empty while there are many passengers ready to go.

  • Kevin

    I have $2,297 in credits from two 2019 cancelled cruises around Japan and I had intended to take advantage of the Xmas/new year cruise or later ones to nz. When do you expect that Holland America will resume cruises from Australia to New Zealand?

  • Theodore Steckel

    We’re booked on the January 2, 2022 Panama Canal trip!

  • Julie

    Hi Kevin, we understand your desire to cruise to Australia. It all depends on when their boarders open, which is uncertain at this time.

  • Julie

    Hi Sam, if it’s inactive, it might be at capacity. We are still working through bookings.

  • Michael Enkelis

    Had first Alaska cruise on July 24th.
    We’re rebooked from December 2020 to the January 2, 2022 Panama Canal trip!

  • Emma Verkist

    what port will be sustitued for santa barbarar on pacific costal cruise departin san ego on novemer 7 2021

  • Julie

    We are still working through the details and it will be announced when everything is finalized.

  • Rhonda

    Holland America cancelled my cruise scheduled for October 2021 and now they don’t know when I will get refunded!! My 25th wedding anniversary is ruined because I can’t get my money to schedule a different trip. THANK YOU HOLLAND AMERICA!!!

  • Julie

    Hi Rhonda, you should have your refund within 60 days. If it has been longer, please email your booking details to so we can have someone look into the delay. We apologize for this inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding as we work through an unprecedented amount of refunds that all have to be done manually. We are sorry to have affected your special occasion.

  • Troy E Johnson

    What is status of scheduled visit to Grand Cayman for: Nieuw Statendam: Nov. 21, 2021?

    Will another port be included instead of Grand Cayman if Grand Cayman is closed?

  • Julie

    Hi Troy, we’re still working through our Caribbean cruises to see if we have to make modifications.

  • Cathy Martin

    will the Eurodam 12/05/2021 still be going ?
    i see a few of our spots we are suppose to go to say do not travel to. such as aruba, etc.

  • Ellen Berdan

    We are celebrating our 50th anniv in Jan. It has been our dream to take our entire family, son and daughter, their spouses and 5 grand children on an Alaska cruise. My son and his wife are RN’s and my don in law is a nurse pravtioner. My husband and I are not vacvinatef and likely never will be
    All my friends that have got the vaccine either had horrible reactions or got covid even though they had the vaccine. Two of them died from it
    Obviously the vaccine prevents zero and appears to cause more harm than good. I see you require vaccinatiom. Do you ecpect that to change? Havd ssiled with yoi twice but may never again unless you remove your vac requirement. What is your forecast?

  • Julie

    Yes, it is a go.

  • Julie

    Hi Ellen, at this time we do not have information on whether or not we will remove the vaccine requirement.

  • Helaine morrow

    Hearing rumors that konigsdam nov 28, Mexican riviera is canceled. Also no longer showing on Hal cruises. Can you comment on this?

  • Julie

    Hi Helaine, Koningsdam is set to begin cruising this weekend from San Diego. If it’s no longer showing it could be at capacity.

  • Mary Forman

    Hi! My daughter and I will be on the Dec. 4th cruise from San Diego to Mexico and we were wondering if there will be any formal nights. Really looking forward to this!

  • Ana Lillian Martin

    Do all your cruises leave from the US ? I have taken 2 cruises with you but one left from Vancouver.
    I would like to take a cruise in December but my US visa has expired and since they are behind , they sent me a February 2022 date for my new application.

  • Julie

    Hi, we depart from all over the world. However, this past season we did not cruise from Vancouver because Canada was closed to cruise ships. We will resume next summer. Please visit for our full list of departures.

  • Pat Mulhall

    What is the status of the Zuiderdam 35 night Hawaii, Tahiti, and Marquesas itinerary, departing San Diego on Feb 27/22? This itinerary is not even listed on your website among the 17 Zuiderdam departures between Sept/21 and Apr/22.

  • Julie

    Hi Pat, it’s not showing because it’s sold out. If you go to the drop-down menu and click on “sold out” when you look for a cruise under “Plan” in February it is there:!tag=destinationTag%7DdestinationIds=&%7B!tag=departTag%7DdepartDate=2022-02-01T00:00:00Z&%7B!tag=durationTag%7Dduration=17-*&%7B!tag=embarkTag%7DembarkPortCode=&soldOut=true

  • Kim

    Hi Julie, Thanks for trying to answer all our questions. My wife and I are booked on Nieuw Statendam mid-January for an 11-night Caribbean cruise. As I look at all the individual port call government web sites, most say a PCR test is required before traveling to the islands, but seems in response to a tourist staying on the island that arrives by air. How are they handling cruise ship passengers? Will our pre-cruise PCR test satisfy them all? Does HAL currently have agreements with all ports to allow the port call and let all it’s vaccinated passengers visit for the day? Thanks

  • Julie

    Hi! Yes, if you are arriving by cruise ship your test will cover their requirement. It is for those arriving by air. However, some islands are going to require that guests are on an organized tour to go ashore, and reservations should have a firm answer on which ones. It’s not many, and many not be any on your itinerary.

  • Donnelle Gooch

    We are booked on Jan 2023 world cruise. Has been canceled twice. Is it a go this time?

  • Julie

    So far so good!

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