Holland America Line, Westerdam sailing

Holland America Line celebrates full return of fleet

Holland America Line ship Westerdam returned to service on 12 June, marking the final ship in the fleet to resume operations.

The ship departed Seattle for a seven-day Alaska Explorer cruise. It will operate in Alaska until September.

To mark the occasion, Holland America Line held a ceremony in the terminal, which was attended by the ship’s captain and senior officers. Three guests also cut a ribbon to open embarkation.

Following its season in Alaska, Westerdam will embark on a 36-day South Pacific Crossing repositioning from Seattle to Sydney, calling at 17 ports along the way.

Following this, the ship operate itineraries from Sydney to the north and south islands of New Zealand, along with southern Australia.

In December 2022, the ship will sail to Singapore via the Great Barrier Reef, and in early 2023 Westerdam will offer cruises to ThailandMalaysiaIndonesiaJapanChina and the Philippines, before crossing back to North America for another season in Alaska.

Holland America Line praises ‘passion & determination’

Holland America Line president Gus Antorcha said: “Today is an emotional day that’s been more than a year in the making, and Westerdam is the final puzzle piece to make our fleet of ships in service complete.

“Every ribbon cutting has brought us one step closer to today, and everyone in the Holland America Line family worked with passion and determination to achieve this milestone.

“We are excited to welcome guests and overwhelmed with what today means for our company.”

Since HAL restarted cruising in July 2021, Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Rotterdam, Zaandam and Zuiderdam have returned to service with cruises in Alaska, the CaribbeanEuropeMexico, California Coast and South Pacific.

Volendam is currently under charter by the government of the Netherlands, accommodating Ukrainian families, and will sail Mediterranean voyages from Italy, starting in September.

HAL recently named its new flagship Rotterdam.

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