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Holland America unveils fall US cruises, cancels Asia, Australia, South America

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All Holland America Line Caribbean cruises in the new fall program call at private island Half Moon Cay
Holland America Line plans to resume operations from San Diego and Fort Lauderdale this fall, while 2021 cruises to Asia, Australia and South America are canceled.

From San Diego, the line will offer an expanded season of cruises to Mexico, Hawaii and along the California coast aboard Koningsdam and Zuiderdam. Four ships will also begin sailing the Caribbean round-trip Fort Lauderdale.

Open to fully vaccinated travelers

All these cruises are open to passengers fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

From San Diego, HAL added six new cruises for Zuiderdam and two for Koningsdam, making a total of 40 sailings from the California port September through April.

The East Coast season from Port Everglades will begin Oct. 23 with Nieuw Amsterdam, to be joined by the brand-new Rotterdam Nov. 3, Eurodam Nov. 14 and Nieuw Statendam Nov. 21.

Caribbean cruises range from four to 14 days, span the entire region and all include a call at private island Half Moon Cay.

'Delivering the experience our guests remember and expect'

'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,' HAL President Gus Antorcha said.

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, BB King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard and Rolling Stone Rock Room.

Travelers may explore ports independently or on ship-sponsored tours, following the local health guidelines. 

San Diego highlights

Zuiderdam will sail 17 cruises from San Diego — eight Mexico, four California coast, three Hawaii and two Panama Canal. Koningsdam will offer 23 cruises— 15 Mexico, six California coast and two Hawaii.

Seven-day cruises along the California coast include a new itinerary with Catalina, Santa Barbara and San Francisco (late evening stay), along with Ensenada, Mexico. Additional 'Classic California Coast' cruises call at Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Avalon and Ensenada.

A new 21-day Panama Canal cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam from Seattle to Fort Lauderdale departs Oct. 2 and visits San Diego, Puerto Vallarta, Panama City, Aruba and Half Moon Cay. Two 14-day cruises through the Panama Canal from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale on Zuiderdam depart Jan. 2 and Jan. 30, 2022.

All weeklong Mexican Riviera cruises call Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

Mexico and Sea of Cortez itineraries range from nine to 12 days and visit a combination of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas, Guaymas, Topolobampo, Pichilingue (La Paz) and Loreto.

Hawaii cruises of 17 or 18 days visit Lahaina, Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili and Kona, plus Ensenada.

Caribbean highlights

Nieuw Amsterdam will sail 24 cruises to the eastern, western and southern Caribbean. All itineraries are seven days except a nine-day holiday voyage on Dec. 30.

Rotterdam kicks off its maiden season in the Caribbean with 22 cruises of three to 11 days covering a wide offering of ports.

Eurodam's 15 cruises include a dozen 10- and 11-day 'Panama Canal Sunfarer' sailings featuring a partial Panama Canal exploration of Gatun Lake and three seven-day eastern Caribbean itineraries.

Nieuw Statendam will sail 15 voyages of seven to 11 days throughout the Caribbean.

Asia, Australia, South America cancellations

HAL canceled cruises in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and South America through the remainder of 2021, along with the 'Collectors’ Voyages' (combined cruises) associated with those departures. This affects itineraries on Noordam (Asia), Oosterdam (Australia) and Westerdam (South America).

Volendam and Zaandam cruises canceled

In addition, sailings on Volendam and Zaandam through the end of 2021 are canceled.

Impacted travelers will be moved automatically to a comparable 2021 voyage or an equivalent 2022 departure at the current fare paid and in the same or equivalent stateroom category. Or, instead, they may opt for a 110% future cruise credit or a full refund.

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