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  • Post: New Canadian Procedures are a Win for Guests Cruising to Alaska and Canada
    Published On: Sep 26, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 549|
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    Holland America Line is pleased with the recent announcement of the lifting of Canadian pandemic border restrictions. Under the new guidelines, Canadian border vaccination and testing requirements are no longer necessary, which is an important step for the cruise industry in simplifying the travel process for itineraries to Alaska and Canada. Under the new procedures, there is no longer a ...

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  • Post: New Health Protocol Search Tool Makes Cruise Preparation Easier
    Published On: Sep 23, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 764|
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    Holland America Line recently relaxed our health requirements on most voyages, which opened cruising to a wider range of guests. Now we’re making it easy to find out what protocols are required for your cruise. With a new Health Protocols Tool on Holland America Line’s website, booked guests can simply enter their booking number and the exact vaccination and testing ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Simplifies COVID-19 Procedures
    Published On: Aug 15, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 5306|

    Holland America Line is updating its “Travel Well” COVID-19 protocols and procedures, including requirements for vaccinations and pre-cruise testing that meet public health goals while recognizing the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation. These changes will go into effect for cruises departing on or after Sept. 6, 2022. Under the simplified procedures, for most voyages up to 15 nights, vaccinated ...

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  • Post: One Year Back to Cruising Since End of Industry-Wide Pause
    Published On: Jul 25, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 273|
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    Holland America Line’s guests and team members celebrated an important milestone this weekend, marking one full year of a return to sailing after the cruise industry pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nieuw Amsterdam was the line’s first ship back, resuming cruising July 24, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. The ship reached the one-year mark while in port in Whitter, Alaska. ...

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  • Post: VeriFLY and mBark Make Getting On Board Quicker and Easier
    Published On: Mar 18, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 874|

    Holland America Line is enhancing the preboarding guest experience and making embarkation easier by adding the use of mBark facial recognition and the VeriFLY vaccine verification program in all U.S., Canadian and European homeports. mBark is a mobile system that enables guests to check in for their cruise in less than 10 seconds, while the VeriFLY digital wallet for COVID-19 ...

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  • Post: Canadian Cruise Procedures Clear Way for Full Alaska and Canada/New England Seasons
    Published On: Mar 07, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 435|

    Publication of procedures for the safe resumption of cruises to Canadian ports allows Holland America Line to complete preparation for a full season of Alaska explorations and Canada/New England sailings. Holland America Line will sail itineraries as scheduled that include Canadian homeports and ports of call from late spring through fall. “The completion of this guidance by Transport Canada, Canada ...

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  • Post: Koningsdam Kicks Off West Coast Cruises and Makes First Call at Catalina Island
    Published On: Oct 12, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 331|

    On Sunday, Oct. 10, waving flags, cheering team members and a “Welcome Home” sign greeted guests as they joined Koningsdam at the Port of San Diego for our first West Coast departure since the start of the industry-wide pause. Koningsdam is the largest Holland America Line ship to be sailing from the West Coast, and she will spend the season ...

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  • Post: VIDEO: Dr. Brenda Answers Your Top Questions on Our Health Protocols
    Published On: Sep 27, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 263|
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    What are the policies for vaccinated guests? What recommendations do you have for guests traveling internationally? Dr. Brenda Barnetson, senior director of clinical services, answers your top questions on health protocols for Holland America Line cruise departures from the U.S. and Europe. For more details about our TravelWell® health protocols, please visit the Holland America Line website.

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  • Post: Holland America Line Extends Cruise Pause to Include Europe Departures Through June 2021
    Published On: Mar 09, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 428|

    While Holland America Line continues to work with government and port authorities to develop its plans to return to cruising, the company is extending its pause of European cruise operations to include departures through June 30, 2021. The pause will impact cruises departing in May and June on Nieuw Statendam, Volendam and Westerdam, along with the Collectors’ Voyages associated with ...

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  • Post: Cruise Pause Extended to Include All Departures Sailing to or From a Canadian Port in 2021
    Published On: Feb 24, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 198|
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    As Holland America Line continues to review and assess its plans around the Canadian Transport Ministry’s Interim Order that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, the company is extending its pause of cruise operations to now include all sailings that depart from or conclude in a Canadian port in 2021. This will include several Alaska, three Canada/New England ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Extends Pause in Cruise Operations
    Published On: Jan 06, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 255|
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    As Holland America Line continues to prepare and develop its plans to meet the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the company is extending its pause of cruise operations for all departures through April 30, 2021. This includes Alaska, Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Canada/New England departures. The ...

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  • Post: A Humanitarian Crisis: Response to Cruise Ships Stranded at Sea Tests Our Deepest Human Values
    Published On: Mar 30, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 475|

    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 the storm. During a time ...

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