Koningsdam Kicks Off West Coast Cruises and Makes First Call at Catalina Island

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 through April 2022 on cruises to the California Coast and Mexico.

Koningsdam at the Port of San Diego. Photo: Michael Allerton

Koningsdam at the Port of San Diego. Photo: Michael Allerton

Surrounded by Holland America Line President Gus Antorcha and Captain Steve MacBeath, Mariner Jeff had the honor of cutting the ribbon to welcome guests on board.

Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne is on board and sent in some snaps from his first visit to Catalina Island. The island’s distinctive landscape a mix of mountains, canyons, beaches and coves — is mostly undeveloped outside the charming port town of Avalon. Here you’ll find a beach community with a Mediterranean flair reminiscent of a quieter time.

welcome sign

Koningsdam and Avalon.

boats in the port of avalon

boats in the port of Avalon

catalina casino

Catalina Casino is a social gathering place from the 1930s that exemplifies the style and romance of the island.

sea lions

You can explore Avalon in a few hours, as nearly everything is concentrated in a few blocks. That leaves the afternoon for exploring the rest of the island. Purchased in 1919 by William Wrigley, Jr., the chewing-gum magnate, Santa Catalina Island (to use its full name) once served as the spring training ground for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Today most of the island is owned by the Catalina Island Conservancy, which works hard to preserve its flora and fauna, from Catalina Island foxes to the bald eagles flying overhead and the schools of bright orange Garibaldi fish swimming in the bay.

If you’d like to visit Catalina Island and Avalon, check out our California Coast cruises.


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  1. Claudia Anderson January 3, 2022 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    How do you cancel because your sick ?

  2. Don Lentz October 29, 2021 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I travel single bit I have to pay for two and I get nothing for paying for two even though the cruise company makes much more money on single cruisers but when waiting to get on the ship we were stopped and had to wait for atleast 20 minutes while the orange club were allowed to go ahead of me!! They pay 25 dollars extra per day and I had to pay double for the same trip which was about 1700.00 dollars extra a lot more then 25 dollars per day. I had rented a balcony suite for the cruise so hence the price but Holland America cruise lines does not seem to care just keep paying and to hell with getting a wheel chair or with paying so much cuz if you are part of the orange club that makes you special according to Holland America cruise lines!!! What a joke they are now days.

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