Princess Cruises, Holland America Line (HAL) and Seabourn Cruises – all sister cruise lines within Carnival Corp., have all announced restart dates for their respective ships, and some changes also mean that upcoming world cruises have been cancelled.
Princess has updated the restart dates for Island Princess and Diamond Princess. Island Princess will now return to service with a series of itineraries in the Caribbean for Spring 2022, prior to its 14-day Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean voyage on 27APR 2022. Diamond Princess will also return to service in Spring 2022 with a season of Japan sailings. More details on both new programs will follow.
As a result of the new changes, the cruise line is cancelling its 2021-2022 South America & Antarctica Program on Diamond Princess, and its 2022 World Cruise along with two December 2021 Island Princess cruises.
For guests booked on a cancelled cruise, Princess will offer to move them to an equivalent future cruise with the added benefit of protecting their 2021/2022 fare on their future cruise. Alternatively, guests can choose a future cruise credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid or a full refund to the original form of payment.
Requests must be received through this online form by 30SEP 2021, or guests will automatically be moved to the default alternate. FCCs can be used on any cruises booked by and sailing by 31DEC 2022. Princess will protect Travel Agent commission on bookings that were paid in full. For more information on Princess Cruises’ cancellation policy, click here.
Holland America Line
Holland America Line has announced restart dates for its Volendam and Zaandam ships in MAY 2022. Upon restarting service, Volendam will explore Northern Europe beginning 01MAY 2022 and Zaandam will return to the Canada/New England region on 12MAY 2022.
As a result of this update, HAL’s Grand World Voyage and Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage will not operate in 2022 and will instead resume in 2023.
On 01MAY 2022, Volendam will offer cruises ranging from 14 to 35 days to the Baltic; Norway up to North Cape and Spitsbergen; British Isles and Iceland, all roundtrip from Rotterdam, Netherlands. The ship will also sail along the Iberian Peninsula to the Mediterranean and down to Egypt and Israel.
On 12MAY 2022, Zaandam restarts service in the Canada/New England region, with a cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Boston, Massachusetts, followed by itineraries between Boston and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It will offer its 35-day Voyage of the Vikings itinerary in JUL 2022 that sails roundtrip from Boston to Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Ireland.
On 03JAN 2023, the Zuiderdam will depart on a 128-day Grand World Voyage with the opportunity for guests to book a verandah stateroom for the first time. The ship also features Music Walk’s Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard, along with specialty restaurants Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto.
Highlights of the 2023 Grand World Voyage aboard the Zuiderdam can be found below:
- 128 days departing 03JAN 2023, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
- Crossing the South Pacific to New Zealand and Australia before sailing up the west coast of Africa and charting a path through Northern Europe.
- 61 total ports in 30 countries and island nations, including eight overnight calls.
- 15 calls around the African continent with opportunities for safari experiences.
Volendam will return for the 74-day Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage in 2023 that departs 03JAN 2023.
Highlights of the 2023 Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage aboard the Volendam can be found below:
- Roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on an itinerary that circles the continent on a counterclockwise route.
- 34 total ports in 16 countries and island nations, including five overnight calls.
- Daylight transit of the Panama Canal and overland opportunities to visit Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, Patagonia and Iguazu Falls.
- Four days of spectacular scenic cruising in the icescapes of Antarctica.
- 11 calls in Brazil and a journey along the Amazon River to Manaus.
Guests who were booked on the 2022 Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage will be automatically moved to the 2023 departure aboard Volendam. Guests who were booked on the 2022 Grand World Voyage aboard Zaandam will be automatically moved to the 2023 Grand World Voyage aboard Zuiderdam.
With Zuiderdam embarking on the Grand World Voyage, Koningsdam will take on that ship’s longer itineraries in 2023. Koningsdam’s 25-day Mexican Riviera and Circle Hawaii Collectors’ Voyage will move from a 31JAN 2023 departure to 07JAN 2023, for 24 days. In FEB 2023, the larger Pinnacle Class ship offers the 35-day Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas itinerary roundtrip from San Diego, and all guests booked for that departure aboard Zuiderdam will be moved to Koningsdam.
Zuiderdam’s Panama Canal cruises in JAN and APR 2023, as well as a 10-day Mexico and Sea of Cortez voyage, will be assumed by Zaandam.
Full refund options are also available, and guests who prefer this option can visit the Cancellation Preferences Form to indicate their refund preference by 24SEP 2021.
The above options are not applicable to guests booked on a charter sailing. Other booking and cancellation conditions and policies may apply if the cruise was not booked through Holland America Line. For more details, visit HAL’s Cancellation Preferences Form.
Seabourn has updated the restart for Seabourn Sojourn to now begin its summer season in the Mediterranean on 06JUN 2022.
The ship will resume service in Europe, where it will spend its summer 2022 season sailing the Western Mediterranean and exploring the French and Italian Rivieras, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Morocco, Malta and the Canary Islands.
The revised restart date means the brand is cancelling the 2022, 145-day World Cruise on Seabourn Sojourn, which was originally scheduled to depart on 11JAN 2022 from Los Angeles. The 2024 World Cruise itinerary will replicate the 2022 World Cruise. The 2024 World Cruise will be available for booking in OCT 2021.
Guests on the cancelled 2022 World Cruise voyage and their travel advisors will receive specific information applicable to their booking. Seabourn asks guests and travel advisors to use the online resources available on its website first rather than calling the Reservation Call Center for information about the cancellations due to the possibility of high call volumes and the potential of long on-hold wait times.
For more information on Seabourn, click here.