Canadian Cruise Procedures Clear Way for Full Alaska and Canada/New England Seasons

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 Border Services Agency, Public Health Agency of Canada, and port officials will allow us to sail our Alaska and Canada/New England seasons as planned,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “This is a positive step for everyone who loves to travel to these regions and for all of the businesses in Canada that we support through tourism.

“Many of the protocols Canada is applying were successfully implemented in the United States after the restart of cruising, and they are working well,” Antorcha continued. “We are well-positioned to follow Canada’s direction and continue delivering memorable cruise vacations that include Canadian ports.”

The resumption comes as Holland America Line gets ready to celebrate 75 years of Alaska exploration in 2022. Ships in Alaska use Vancouver, Canada, as a homeport for roundtrip cruises and itineraries between Vancouver and Whittier, Alaska. Cruises that sail roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, to Alaska call at Victoria, Canada.

Scenery of Glacier Bay in Alaska

In Canada/New England, ships cruise between Montreal and Quebec City, Canada, and Boston, Massachusetts. Itineraries range from six to 24 days and call at 13 Canadian ports in Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Labrador and Prince Edward Island.

“We greatly value our longstanding partnership with Holland America Line, which was the first cruise line to call at the new Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver in 1986,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We’re pleased to see the return of cruising in Canada, and we look forward to welcoming cruise lines, guests and crew back to Vancouver.”

“As people return to travel this summer, we know some will choose to stay a little closer to home,” Antorcha said. “Our Alaska land and sea packages and our Canada/New England sailings are great ways to resume exploring the world without traveling a great distance.”

The line’s first ship to arrive in Canada is Koningsdam, which calls at Victoria April 9 en route to Vancouver for an April 10 arrival. On the eastern seaboard, Zaandam calls at Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 17 while on a nine-day Atlantic Coast cruise sailing Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Montreal.

Alaska Cruises Sail from Vancouver and call at Victoria
In 2022, Holland America Line will resume cruises to Alaska from the port of Vancouver and between Vancouver and Whittier.
• Seven-day “Glacier Discovery Northbound” and “Glacier Discovery Southbound” itineraries between Whittier and Vancouver aboard Nieuw Amsterdam and Noordam. Ports include Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska.
• Seven-day “Alaska Inside Passage” cruises sail roundtrip from Vancouver on Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam and Zuiderdam. Ports include Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway.
• Seven-day “Alaskan Explorer” cruises sail roundtrip from Seattle aboard Eurodam and Westerdam. Ports include Victoria, Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait and Sitka.

Beautiful view of Inner Harbour of Victoria, B.C., Canada

Canada/New England Cruises Resume for Summer and Fall
From May through October, Nieuw Statendam and Zaandam offer a series of six to 24-day departures between Boston and Quebec City or Montreal.
• Seven-day “Canada & New England Discovery” cruises between Montreal and Boston in summer and fall. Ports include Bar Harbor, Maine; and the Canadian destinations of Quebec City; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
• Six- or eight-day “Canada & New England Discovery” cruises between Quebec and Boston in the fall. Ports include Bar Harbor, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax.
• 10- and 11-day “Newfoundland and New England Discovery” cruises between Quebec and Boston visit a combination of Bar Harbor; Halifax; St. Johns, Corner Brook and St. Anthony, Newfoundland; and Baie-Comeau, Quebec; and Havre-Saint-Pierre, France (located off Quebec). The 11-day includes an overnight at Quebec.
• 24-day “Canada, New England and Iceland” departing Aug. 3, 2022, roundtrip from Boston. Calls at Sydney, Corner Brook, St. Anthony, St. Johns, Halifax, Saint Pierre & Miquelon and Red Bay, all in Canada; along with Qaqortoq and Nanortalik, Greenland; Isafjordur, Seydisfjordur, Djupivogur, Reykjavik and Grundarfjordur, Iceland; and Bar Harbor.
• Leisurely nine-day repositioning cruises along the Atlantic Coast between Montreal and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in May and October feature calls at Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney and Quebec. A 14-day cruise in fall from Quebec to Fort Lauderdale adds Portland, Maine; and Charlottetown, Gaspe and Saguenay, Canada.

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  1. Marilyn Carricker September 14, 2022 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Why do I have to pay $92 for a covid test to travel from Montreal to Boston when I am fully vaccinated and I am leaving Canada after touring the last 6days from Toronto to Montreal?

  2. Hedley Finger August 1, 2022 at 4:10 am - Reply

    We are taking the Inside Passage 7-day cruise to Skagway departing 3 September, 16:30 hours. In a previous post of yours you stated that HAL would be administering rapid antigen tests (RATs) at the dock before boarding. Is this still the case for our cruise? I would appreciate it if, as well as posting to the blog, if you could also send an email to the mail address given.l

  3. Sharlene April 26, 2022 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    We too have asked the question about the land portion of our land sea tour and never got an answer. Yes they say that they will give you a test but how if you don’t have the equipment to send it via a dedicated place.
    Are they going to do it the day of at the port? Or will they give you the test under their supervision at the lodge?
    Also you have stated that the US does not need a test to renter. That is not what it says on the cdc site and the Canadian site for Vancouver airport. Will they do one on board ship before we get off or on the dock as suggested by others. We never get a straight answer. Please respond.

  4. Laura April 21, 2022 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Is the ArriveCan app still required if cruise embarks in Boston, but we have Canadian port excury?

  5. Susan Harris March 13, 2022 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Please let me know when you no longer require the covid vaccine !!!

  6. Timothy Frink March 11, 2022 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    My wife and I have a land and sea journey planned starting July 17 2022 Fairbanks is beginning of land journey. Cruise starts on July 24 th . Of every thing I have read so far on the website is not giving me the information I require. No luck on phone or chat can’t get through . So here goes the anitigin or pcrtest that is required 2 days before embarkation how will this be accomplished while on our land portion . It’s says that it must be done in front of a teleheath professional. The wife and I are old school no fancy phone with data only flip phones and no portable pc. Also I use a bypap machine for sleeping the humidifier requires distilled water. Is this item available on the cruise vessel? We are both vaccinated and bosted as required so far.

  7. bob March 11, 2022 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    when will HAL post the canadian requirements for boarding cruise ships like they have for boarding in the US ?

  8. Cori March 11, 2022 at 8:31 am - Reply

    You are excluding a huge portion of your customer base. Shame on you. You need to adjust your jab policy immediately.

  9. Doug March 9, 2022 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I have heard that HAL expects guests to get their test done 2 days prior to boarding. In some of my readings it seems like the Canadian government requires the test to be done 1 day before sailing. What is require to be able to board the ship

  10. Jan March 9, 2022 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Will HAL provide needed Covid tests on board for sailing from Boston into Canadian ports?? And for return to Vancouver terminal? And for return to US after disembarkation in Vancouver?

  11. Marjorie Gordon March 8, 2022 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    How wonderful it will be to see the ships back in Vancouver!

    Welcome back, and looking forward to seeing you soon!

  12. M Flaherty March 8, 2022 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Do you still require that children under 5 be vaccinated? Some of our states are advising against it. Want to book but this is holding us up

  13. Gary N Brinkmann March 8, 2022 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Thank You…. Looking forward to our trip.

  14. Don March 8, 2022 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    When will you allow non-vaccinated people to cruise? And if you’re waiting for the U.S. and Canadian governments to change the rules AGAIN then please push them.

  15. Elenor komadowski March 8, 2022 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Does anyone know, leaving for the Konigsdam in Vancouver do we need the Covid rapid test 1, 2, or 3 days before departure. We are getting conflicting information, and it will make a big difference in cost as to how soon we have to get it done.

  16. christian weixelbaumer March 8, 2022 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I see no mention of the tenth of April cruise from vancouver ,with Koningdam , to Hawaii and back

  17. Jean nelson March 8, 2022 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Do you have to be vaccinated to sail on a cruise?

  18. Mike Feeney March 8, 2022 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Great to see you back to full strength in Canada and Alaska. One correction to this post is that St. Pierre and Miquelon is not in Canada. It is officially a self-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France. The Euro is it’s currency and its inhabitants are French. .

  19. Jeri March 7, 2022 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Fabulous news!

  20. Noam Meppen March 7, 2022 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Such great news!!
    I personally have two departures from Vancouver booked in summer of 2022 on Holland America Line– an Alaska cruise in August and Pacific Coastal in October. Can’t wait to sail out of Canada Place and experience the gorgeous shores of western Canada.

  21. Kenneth Rutt March 7, 2022 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Must passengers be vaccinated?

  22. Richard Lundin March 7, 2022 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Great news.ove HAL. May 7. Cruise 16out of Vancouver.

  23. Connie Schlegel March 7, 2022 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Does this affect the CoVid testing to enter Canada
    If still needed does Holland do them on board.

  24. John Salzer March 7, 2022 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Are all guests required to “Take the jab”?

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