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Holland America Line Extends Pause in Cruise Operations

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 line also will cancel all Alaska cruises through mid-May, Alaska departures on three ships through early June, any Land+Sea Journeys connected with canceled Alaska sailings, Mediterranean cruises through early June and Zaandam’s Canada/New England itineraries through August.

Cruises impacted by this pause in operation are:

• All cruise departures through April 30, 2021.

Alaska: Eurodam and Oosterdam through the first week of June (roundtrip from Seattle); Koningsdam through mid-May (roundtrip from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); Nieuw Amsterdam and Noordam through mid-May (roundtrip Vancouver and between Vancouver and Whittier, Alaska); and Zuiderdam though early June (roundtrip from Vancouver).

Mediterranean: Volendam cruises through early June (between Venice and Civitavecchia [Rome], Italy); Westerdam though early June (roundtrip from Venice or between Venice and Piraeus [Athens], Greece).

Canada/New England: Zaandam cruises through August (between Boston, Massachusetts, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada).

Guests and their travel agents are being notified of the cancellations and options for Future Cruise Credits (FCC) and rebooking.

Holland America Line is closely following the protocol set forth by the CDC, and is preparing ships and implementing procedures to meet all requirements for approval to sail following the pause.

Guests Automatically Receive Bonus Future Cruise Credit
Cruises impacted automatically will be canceled, and no action is needed when opting for the Future Cruise Credit. All guests will receive an FCC per person as follows:

• Paid in Full: Those who have paid in full will receive 125% FCC of the base cruise fare paid to Holland America Line.

• Not Paid in Full: Those with bookings not paid in full will receive an FCC of double the amount of their deposit. The minimum FCC is $100 and the maximum will be an amount up to the base cruise fare paid.

The FCC is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and may be used to book sailings departing through Dec. 31, 2022. Noncruise fare purchases — such as shore excursions, gifts, dining and spa — will not be transferred to a new booking and will be refunded to the original form of payment. Other funds such as air fares paid to Holland America Line may be transferred to a new booking or will automatically be refunded via the method of payment used to purchase the services.

Full Refund Option Also Available
Guests who prefer a 100% refund of monies paid to Holland America Line can visit the Cancellation Preferences Form to indicate their preference no later than Feb. 15, 2021.

The above options are not applicable to guests booked on a charter sailing. Other booking and cancellation conditions and policies may apply if the cruise was not booked through Holland America Line. See the terms and conditions in the Cancellation Preferences Form for all details.

Holland America Line previously paused global cruise operations and canceled all departures on all ships through March 31, 2021.

  • Rebecca Vickery

    How confident are you that Alaskan cruises, in August, out of Vancouver will be allowed?

  • Catherine M Sullivan

    I just purchased my trip on the Statendam out of FT. Lauderdale for April 11-18, 2021. It took me over 4 hours to get set up, including airfare on American. what in the world do I do now? Will Holland america cancel the flights also, as they were the ones who got them. Being 84 years old, this is just a bit hard to interpret. I would like a response as to what I should do for Mary Franks and Catherine Sullivan. Thank you..thank you …

  • Belinda

    So, now we’ve had three cruises cancelled since the original pause of operations in 2020 (we were two weeks from sailing then). The most recent being sailing on the Nieuw Statendam on 4/11/21. We had not put a deposit down since final payment wasn’t due until 2/10/21. Now we will receive no compensation for the cancelled cruise because we had not put a deposit down? I really think that is unfair. We have been loyal to cruising and are eager to sail again. We has also received a great Casino/Black Friday offer that included free wi-fi and $150 Casino cash on this cruise. Now we will not have that when re-booking our next cruise.

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  • Judith Milnet

    What about cruises for late July to Alaska … are those set to go? I’m going for my 66 Birthday!!!
    Please advise .
    Thank you!!!!—Judith

  • Dwi Susilo Nugroho Hadi Kusumo Putro

    Please stay safe and keep healthy

  • Brenda Apsey

    I have a Land Sea round trip from Seattle in August 2021. What is the chance that this will be cancelled. Also, if we decide the risks are too great-as we are older and have underlying medical conditions- when would we need to cancel by to get a refund of our money?

  • Julie

    Hi Brenda, please call reservations to discuss this further. Unfortunately, we don’t have access to bookings at the blog.

  • Julie

    Hi Catherine, we apologize for any inconvenience you may have had. We know it’s disappointing, and we share your disappointment. If you booked through Flight Ease, Holland America Line should cancel. But please call reservations to be sure.

  • Kenneth Dick

    So far my May 23, 2021 Nieuw Amsterdam Double Denali is a “go”. Realistically (I realize no one had a crystal ball) when might the next pause (if any) drop?

  • Diana

    I am booked on the konigsdam 29 th may 2021 from Vancouver inside passage and back to Vancouver can you let me know if it as been cancelled

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