International cruise ships have not been allowed in Japan for more than 2.5 years, though domestic ships have been able to operate more recently.
'We’re grateful for the work that the Japanese authorities have done to allow for a return to cruising,' HAL President Gus Antorcha said. 'Holland America Line’s guests love longer voyages to unique parts of the world, and we’ll be sailing to some incredible locations as our season in Japan and the rest of Asia begins.'
Feb. 3 Asia start
Westerdam, currently sailing in Australia and New Zealand, will start its Asia season following a January drydock in Singapore. Beginning Feb. 3, the ship is scheduled to sail a series of Far East voyages.
Eleven- to 14-day cruises round-trip from Yokohama or Singapore, or between Yokohama and Singapore, may be combined to for nonrepeating Collectors’ Voyages.
Besides Japan, destinations include Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.
Five different itineraries
Five different itineraries are offered. Overnight calls are planned in Singapore; Kobe and Osaka, Japan; and Phuket, Thailand. The season concludes April 24 with a 14-day 'North Pacific Crossing' from Yokohama to Seattle, where Westerdam will homeport for its Alaska season.
As protocols for cruising in Asia are finalized, each departure will be added to HAL's Voyage Lookup tool, which allows passengers to see any specific health requirements for their trip.