Cruise Safe, Travel Well

Updated December 1, 2021

You’re ready to explore again, and we’re here for you. Sailing with Holland America Line isn’t just one of the best ways to see the world — it’s also one of the safest.
On board and ashore, we're going above and beyond with exemplary standards for health, cleanliness and extraordinary guest service so you can get back to what you love: cruising, connecting with loved ones and celebrating every step of the journey with confidence.


Vaccinations & Testing

For everyone’s safety and peace of mind, all guests must be fully vaccinated and provide a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within the 2 days before sailing. If you’re required to take a test before you return to your home country, we’ll provide one for you at no charge. Review our FAQs to learn more.

Onboard Experience

On Board Our Ships
All staterooms and public areas are frequently and thoroughly sanitized with medical-grade disinfectant proven to kill coronaviruses. Hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout every ship. Our staff are always masked, and guests are asked to wear face masks in the embarkation terminal and select indoor areas on board (signs will be posted).

Enhanced Air Filtration
We have enhanced the air-handling systems on board all ships using a combination of increased circulation of fresh air together with upgraded air filtration.

24/7 Medical Care
Every ship has a team of experienced doctors and nurses trained to manage a broad range of medical conditions, including COVID-19. Our award-winning onboard medical centers are fully equipped with testing and treatment capabilities if needed.

On-Shore Experience

On Shore
Keeping you safe on shore is one of our highest priorities. All ports welcome Holland America Line shore excursions and while some ports allow independent tours and self-exploration, others may require a shore excursion provided by Holland America Line to go ashore. Throughout your cruise, we constantly review all local health and safety guidelines to keep you informed and ready to explore safely.

Worry-Free Promise

Protection Program
Our Worry-Free Promise, including the COVID-19 Protection Program, gives you complete flexibility and peace of mind. You can change your travel plans if needed and enjoy cruise protection before and during your journey if you or someone in your party is no longer able to travel, is denied boarding or needs to disembark early. See here for full details.


U.S. Cruise Protocols PDF   |    FAQs for U.S. Sailings

Health and Safety Awards

We’re proud of our commitment to health and safety. Thousands have named our state-of-the-art medical facilities “the best.” Our accessibility also wins readers’ choice year after year. Leave your worries behind with our exceptional care and award-winning facilities.