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Oct. 10 update: Holland America restarts from San Diego

Passenger Jeff Farschman cuts a ribbon as the first to embark Koningsdam. At left, San Diego Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos and, at right, ship's Capt. Steve MacBeath and Holland America President Gus Antorcha
Waving flags, cheering crew and a 'Welcome Home' sign greeted passengers as they joined Holland America Line’s Koningsdam at the Port of San Diego Sunday for the line’s first West Coast departure — apart from an Alaska mini-season — since the pandemic shutdown.

The Pinnacle-class vessel is the largest HAL ship to be sailing from the West Coast, and Oct. 10 begins a series of 23 seven-day cruises to the California coast or Mexico that run through April 3.

'We are thrilled to get back to cruising from San Diego and to supporting this wonderful city and the ports we visit along the West Coast — from Mexico to Washington,' Holland America President Gus Antorcha said.

In addition to Koningsdam, Zuiderdam will sail round-trip from San Diego on longer Mexico cruises, a monthlong voyage to Tahiti and to the Panama Canal. Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam each make one call in spring 2022.



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