Holland America Line’s newest ship, Zaandam, has just been launched at the end of October and will sail from San Diego to Alaska. Holland America is aiming to be one of the most environmentally-friendly cruise lines in the world with a focus on sustainable practices.
The “holland america cruises 2022” is a ship that was built in Zaandam, Netherlands. The ship is now docked at Pier 39 in San Francisco Bay.
The Zaandam of Holland America Line has re-entered service from Port Everglades, Florida, for the first time in almost two years. The occasion is joyous, and the cruise operator now has just one ship available to resume passenger service.
Zaandam Service Restarts
Since the worldwide pandemic shutdown started in March 2020, the Rotterdam-class Zaandam has welcomed visitors onboard for its inaugural trip.
This first cruise, which departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 12, 2022, is a nine-night, one-way journey from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Montreal, Canada, with stops in Boston, Massachusetts, Bar Harbor, Maine, and Sydney, Nova Scotia, among others, before arriving in Montreal, Quebec, on May 21.
“We are happy to have practically our whole fleet back in operation, as well as to be returning to Canada and New England after two years away from this wonderful cruising location,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line.
Return to Service for Zaandam (Holland America Line provided this photo.)
Holland America Line performed a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to open embarkation at the Port Everglades terminal to honor the ship’s return to service. As passengers boarded the ship, the captain and top officers, as well as excited team members from all departments, queued up to meet them.
“We’re pleased to have Zaandam back in service with an incredible staff ready to deliver our customers a fantastic cruise experience,” Antorcha added.
Return to New England and Other Incredible Journeys
The restart of the Zaandam not only symbolizes the vessel’s return to operation, but it also signals Holland America Line’s return to cruising in the Canada/New England area after the COVID-19 epidemic.
Health and safety constraints in the area, particularly travel restrictions in Canada in 2020 and 2021, have made visiting the region very difficult for cruise passengers.
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During the summer and early autumn, Zaandam will provide Canada and New England cruises between Boston and Montreal, stopping in attractive places like Prince Edward Island, Halifax, and Quebec.
Holland America Line provided this image.
Autumn cruises are extremely popular since the fall foliage is at its height during the weeks of late September and early October, and passengers are anxious to view the spectacular color.
The “Voyage of the Vikings,” a 35-night summer sailing that departs on July 9, explores not only New England and Canada, but also ports in Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and Greenland, following the rich history that links these different sites.
Following the autumn foliage season, Zaandam will return to Fort Lauderdale before embarking on an incredible 71-night “Grand Africa Voyage” on October 10 that will circumnavigate the Dark Continent, visit 25 ports of call, cross the Suez Canal, and provide innumerable safari experiences.
Only one ship needs to restart.
Since the first Holland America Ship, Nieuw Amsterdam, returned to service in July 2021, setting sail from Seattle for the abbreviated Alaska season that year, the cruise line has gradually brought the rest of its fleet back into service, with the ninth ship in their 11-ship fleet, Oosterdam, resuming service just days ago.
Volendam, Zaandam’s sister ship, is now under charter by the Dutch government, positioned alongside in Rotterdam to accommodate Ukrainian families, despite the fact that it is not yet entertaining vacationers.
Only one ship remains to be restarted: the Vista-class Westerdam, which will depart Seattle on June 12 for 7-night Alaskan cruises.
It’s a perfect complete circle for Holland America Company’s full return to operation since these are comparable excursions from the same embarkation port as when the line initially started 11 months ago.