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Dear Valued Guest,

I hope this finds you safe and healthy.

It’s official! We’ve just announced our plans to return to cruising the West Coast and the Caribbean this fall. All of us at Holland America Line are thrilled to see cruising begin again and hope you are as excited as we are about these new plans, as well as our previously announced sailings in Alaska and Greece. As we continue to work with governments and port authorities in correlation with the phased resumption of cruising in other areas of the world, we have made the difficult decision to cancel additional 2021 departures in South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, including your upcoming voyage (booking #XXXXX).

We will be transferring your booking automatically to a comparable voyage one year later at your current fare (or your current per-day fare if the voyage length is different) and in the same or equivalent stateroom category, with incentives and promotions protected.

Please click here to see a list of the voyages being cancelled and the voyage you will be rebooked to. Non-cruise-fare purchases through Holland America Line such as Flight Ease air, shore excursions, gifts, dining and spa will be refunded to the original form of purchase. Taxes, fees and port expenses will be recalculated based on your new voyage.

We anticipate you or your travel advisor will receive your new booking confirmation by July 30. There is no action required at this time from you, and we will be unable to make changes, accept special requests or process cancellations until after the replacement booking is confirmed.

If any portion of your travel was not booked through Holland America Line, other booking and cancellation conditions and policies may apply. Most airlines and other travel-related services such as hotels, transportation, and tours are allowing refunds or waiving change fees due to COVID-19; please work directly with your travel advisor and those operators regarding their charges. The above terms are not applicable to guests booked on charter sailings.

Please note that due to the significant volume of bookings impacted by these changes, we ask for your patience in affording us the time to work through processing these voyages. We are working hard to make sure every booking is handled accurately and efficiently. Should you have any questions, please contact your travel advisor or reach out to us at the appropriate office:

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These relate to Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South America and the September 26 Baltic cruise on Rotterdam and the 10 day European Capitals also on Rotterdam.

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Thanks Colin for the update.  

Sorry about your cruise being cancelled.

 

Sadly, it makes sense but it’s always disappointing when plans get dashed 😢 

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1 minute ago, kazu said:

Thanks Colin for the update.  

Sorry about your cruise being cancelled.

 

Sadly, it makes sense but it’s always disappointing when plans get dashed 😢 

😭

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There is also a press release on Carnival Corp site:

https://www.carnivalcorp.com/news-releases/news-release-details/holland-america-line-announces-fall-cruise-2021-plans-two-ships

 

Holland America Line Announces Fall Cruise 2021 Plans with Two Ships Operating West Coast Departures from San Diego and Four Ships Sailing in the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale
Koningsdam to make West Coast debut with cruises to Mexico, Hawaii and California coast; Rotterdam sails maiden season in Caribbean

SEATTLE, June 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line is gearing up to restart cruising out of Port of San Diego in California beginning with a season of cruises to Mexico, Hawaii and along the California coast aboard Koningsdam and Zuiderdam. The cruise line has expanded the season with the addition of six new cruise departures for Zuiderdam and two new cruises on Koningsdam, offering a total of 40 cruises from San Diego from September 2021 through April 2022.

Holland America Line will restart cruising from San Diego with cruises to Mexico, Hawaii and the California coast.

With the resumption of service on the West Coast, Holland America Line also is looking toward cruising in the Caribbean with four ships. All sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the season will begin Oct. 23, 2021, with Nieuw Amsterdam. The ship will be joined by the new Rotterdam Nov. 3, Eurodam Nov. 14 and Nieuw Statendam Nov. 21. Caribbean cruises range in length from four to 14 days, span the entire region and include a call at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's award-winning private island.

"San Diego has always been an incredible homeport for our ships, and we are eager to restart on the West Coast with two ships operating an expanded season, including the debut of Koningsdam on these itineraries and close-to-home California cruises that our guests are going to love," said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. "We've also been anticipating announcing our plans for the Caribbean and we're thrilled to have four ships in the region, including our new Rotterdam. Cruising is back and having vaccinated ships for these cruises in 2021 ensures that we can deliver the experience just how our guests remember and expect. We're ready to cruise!"

A Cruise Experience That is a Cruise
The on-board cruise experience will offer amenities that are a hallmark of the brand. Dining will be available in all restaurants and specialty venues, as well as room service. Entertainment will be in full swing in the main show lounge, and live music and dancing will be featured in Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King's Blues Club, Billboard Onboard and Rolling Stone Rock Room.

Port-to-Table culinary demonstrations, EXC Talks and other enrichment programming will bring regional cultures on board through engaging activities and special presentations. Guests may choose to explore port destinations independently or on ship-sponsored tours, following the local ports' health guidelines.  

Highlights of the 2021-2022 San Diego Cruise Season:

  • Zuiderdam: Sept. 18, 2021, to April 22, 2022: 17 cruises from San Diego — eight Mexico, four California coast, three Hawaii and two Panama Canal.
  • Koningsdam: Oct. 10, 2021, to April 3, 2022: 23 cruises from San Diego — 15 Mexico, six California coast and two Hawaii cruises.
  • Seven-day cruises along the California coast include a new itinerary that calls at Catalina, Santa Barbara and San Francisco for a late evening stay, along with Ensenada, Mexico. Additional "Classic California Coast" cruises include California calls at Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Avalon, and at Ensenada.
  • A new 21-day Panama Canal cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam from Seattle, Washington, to Fort Lauderdale departs Oct. 2 and includes calls at San Diego; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama;; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Half Moon Cay.
  • All seven-day "Mexican Riviera" cruises feature three Mexican ports of call: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.
  • "Mexico and Sea of Cortez" itineraries are between nine and 12 days and call at a combination of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, Guaymas, Topolobampo, Pichilingue (La Paz) and Loreto, Mexico.
  • "Circle Hawaii" cruises are 17 or 18 days and call at the Hawaiian ports of Lahaina, Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili and Kona, and Ensenada.
  • Two 14-day cruises through the Panama Canal from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale on Zuiderdam depart Jan. 2 and Jan. 30, 2022.

Highlights of the 2021-2022 Caribbean Cruise Season:

  • Nieuw Amsterdam: Oct. 23, 2021, to April 7, 2022: 24 cruises to the eastern, western and southern Caribbean. All itineraries are seven days except a nine-day holiday cruise departing Dec. 30.
  • Rotterdam: Nov. 3, 2021, to April 10, 2022: The ship kicks off its maiden season in the Caribbean with a series of 22 cruises, ranging from three to 11 days covering a wide offering of Caribbean ports.
  • Eurodam: Nov. 14, 2021, to April 10, 2022: 15 departures, including 12 10- and 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruises featuring a partial Panama Canal exploration of Gatun Lake and three seven-day eastern Caribbean itineraries.
  • Nieuw Statendam: Nov. 21, 2021, to March 27, 2022: 15 cruises to the eastern, western, southern and tropical Caribbean ranging from seven to 11 days.
  • All itineraries include a call at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's private Bahamian island. This quintessential sanctuary features the finest beaches in the Caribbean; a natural 700-acre lagoon; incredible two-story villas and private cabanas; delicious dining venues like Lobster Shack; and a variety of fun-filled shore excursions for nature lovers, adventurous travelers and explorers.

 

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Gee, I've long wondered if the December cruise was going to go; now it looks as though it is.  We've had 3 canceled, understandably, but boy are we ready to go! As is everyone else.  Best part is seeing all the familiar faces, crew and past passengers.  And, of course, the Pinnacle grill luncheons! Some things to look forward to.

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@VMax1700Thank you so much for posting this!  I received the email, but in my fat-fingered haste to print, I managed to hit the heretofore unknown keystroke combination that sends email COMPLETELY away, not retrievable from trash.  It's been that kind of a day.

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It appears that Zaandam Christmas / New Years has also been canceled. FB reports that it has been moved to Eurodam 2 days later but my TA can't find that.

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I am booked on the cruise out of San Antonio Chile that follows the now cancelled Westerdam cruises.  I am now assuming that all of the SA and Antarctica cruises will be cancelled for 2021-2022. If so, I hope they do it soon.

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I guess I am confused (to say the least)! Does the Replacment Cruise PDF imply that all of the European Rotterrdam sailings will be cancelled, and ( at least for now) the TA on 20 Oct will be the Maiden (Inagural) Voyage??

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33 minutes ago, richwmn said:

It appears that Zaandam Christmas / New Years has also been canceled. FB reports that it has been moved to Eurodam 2 days later but my TA can't find that.

I am actually crying tears right now.......................

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40 minutes ago, Yipper said:

The TA on 20 Oct is not showing up on the HAL website either.

I think that is because it is "sold out".

EDIT: Another CCer just got an email that indicated that in fact the TA will be the first. His 10 day + TA collector was cancelled and he was rebooked on just the TA...

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Good stuff!

 

  • Seven-day cruises along the California coast include a new itinerary that calls at Catalina, Santa Barbara and San Francisco for a late evening stay, along with Ensenada, Mexico. Additional "Classic California Coast" cruises include California calls at Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Avalon, and at Ensenada.
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1 hour ago, Vict0riann said:

No mention at all of Volendam....

The Zaandam and Volendam Christmas Cruises were also cancelled. Nothing for the Volendam nd Zaandam in 2021.

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40 minutes ago, Sharon in AZ said:

I am actually crying tears right now.......................

It is cancelled, I e-mailed my TA to ask if it was true after reading that it had been cancelled. It is also listed under cancelled cruises on HAl website. Replacement is the Eurodam.

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6 minutes ago, Storylady said:

It is cancelled, I e-mailed my TA to ask if it was true after reading that it had been cancelled. It is also listed under cancelled cruises on HAl website. Replacement is the Eurodam.

unfortunately the itinerary on Eurodam is nowhere near what Zaandam had

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