Holland America Line to Restart Cruising Fall 2021: Itineraries, Cancellations Announced

Holland America Line (HAL) announced its plans to restart operations beginning with fall 2021 departures from Port of San Diego, California, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

HAL will sail from the Port of San Diego with a total of 40 cruises beginning SEP 2021 through APR 2022, including six new cruise departures for Zuiderdam and two new cruises on Koningsdam. From San Diego, the line will cruise to Mexico, Hawaii, and along the California coast.

“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!”

Highlights of the 2021-2022 San Diego Cruise Season include:

  • Zuiderdam: 18SEP 2021 to 22APR 2022: 17 cruises from San Diego — eight Mexico, four California coast, three Hawaii and two Panama Canal
  • Koningsdam: 10OCT 2021 to 03APR 2022: 23 cruises from San Diego — 15 Mexico, six California coast and two Hawaii cruises
  • Seven-day cruises along the California coast that includes calls at Catalina, Santa Barbara and San Francisco 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 02OCT 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 02JAN and 30JAN 2022
Holland America Line's Eurodam
The Eurodam

HAL's season in the Caribbean will begin 23OCT 2021 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam. It will be joined by the Rotterdam on 03NOV 2021, the Eurodam on 14NOV, and the Nieuw Statendam on 21NOV. Caribbean cruises will range from four to 14 days, and will span the entire region.

Highlights of the 2021-2022 Caribbean Cruise Season include:

  • Nieuw Amsterdam: 23OCT 2021 to 07APR 2022: 24 cruises to the eastern, western and southern Caribbean. All itineraries are seven days except a nine-day holiday cruise departing 30DEC
  • Rotterdam: 03NOV 2021 to 10APR 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: 14NOV 2021 to 10APR 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: 21NOV 2021 to 27MAR 2022: 15 cruises to the eastern, western, southern and tropical Caribbean ranging from seven to 11 days

These HAL cruises in 2021 are available to guests who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before departure and must provide a proof of vaccination status.


HAL also announced that the line will cancel 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). In addition, fall sailings through the end of 2021 on Volendam and Zaandam also are cancelled.

Guests currently booked on canceled departures will be moved automatically to a comparable 2021 voyage or an equivalent 2022 departure at the current per-day fare paid and in the same or equivalent stateroom category. They may also opt to receive a Future Cruise Credit of 110% of any cash paid that will be placed in the guest’s loyalty account. Any guest on a canceled voyage also can request a full refund of all monies paid to Holland America Line.

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