Holland America Line’s Caribbean cruise season begins in mid-October and we look forward to providing our guests the great cruise experience they are looking forward to, as well as the economic support that the region depends on, now more than ever.
No cruises are being cancelled as a result of the hurricane. Ports on Western Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings have had no impact. Most ports on Southern Caribbean sailings have had very minimal impact and will be ready to receive guests by the time our cruise season begins.
Our private island, Half Moon Cay, received only minimal damage which has been repaired and the island is now fully operational.
For 2017 Eastern Caribbean cruises, we are currently assessing our itineraries while closely monitoring the effects from Hurricane Maria this week. An update will be provided by Tuesday, September 26. If changes are necessary we will make every effort to provide alternative ports.
Guests facing an increase in cancellation fees between September 20 and 26 are encouraged to contact our Reservations Department for an extension in lieu of cancelling their Caribbean cruise to avoid fee increases while waiting for itinerary updates.
2018 itineraries are also currently being evaluated and an update will be provided on October 5.
Statement from Sept. 14:
All of us at Holland America Line are holding those close in our thoughts who have been impacted by the recent storms. As rebuilding efforts begin, we are assessing the best way to provide on-going support. Our parent company, Carnival Corporation, has already begun outreach and support for those islands impacted on behalf of the family of cruise lines. They have been in communication with officials in many of the Caribbean islands and have activated a plan to deliver supplies on both an immediate and sustained, longer-term basis. These deliveries will be worked into ships’ cruise itineraries as part of ongoing operations. We stand ready to provide support to affected ports and communities.
Holland America Line’s Caribbean cruise season begins in mid-October and we look forward to continuing to provide the great cruise experience our guests expect and the economic support that the region relies on, now more than ever. Only a few ports visited on Holland America Line itineraries this coming season were impacted by Hurricane Irma. Our private island, Half Moon Cay, was not damaged and is fully operational. No cruises will be cancelled and should any port substitutions need to be made in the future, booked guests and their travel agents will be notified.
We sincerely encourage booked guests and anyone considering a Caribbean cruise to move forward with their plans. There is no better show of support for the area and the people than to continue to visit.