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Holland America will restart cruises from Greece only for vaccinated passengers


Another cruise line has announced plans for a restart outside of the United States.

Holland America Line announced that it will restart cruises from Piraeus (Athens) in August with four departures aboard Eurodam.

The new sailings go on sale beginning May 6, 2021.

Eurodam at Sea

The new sailings are available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination.

The sailings on Eurodam will depart August 15 and 29, with visits to Kotor, Montenegro, plus the Greek isles of Kékira (Corfu), Thíra (Santorini) and Mykonos. “Ancient Wonders” departs Aug. 22 to explore Haifa, Israel, as well as Náfplion, Mykonos and Rhodes in Greece. Both options can be combined to form a longer, back-to-back 14-day Collectors’ Voyage.

A seven-day “Adriatic Allure” itinerary departing Sept. 5 will sail from Piraeus to Venice, Italy, with calls at Mykonos, Katakolon (Olympia) and Crete (Chania), Greece, and Sarandë, Albania.

Eurodam aerial

Additional Mediterranean cruises aboard Eurodam through the fall will be announced in the coming weeks and include ports in Italy and Greece. Eurodam returns to the United States to begin sailing its published Caribbean cruises in mid-November.

Holland America is another cruise line that will restart cruises from the U.S., and specifically Greece. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line will offer cruises from Greece, beginning in July.

Celebrity Cruises will also sail out of of Piraeus beginning on June 19.

Holland America Eurodam

These will be the first Holland America Line cruises since the cruise line shutdown operations in March 2020.

"Everyone at Holland America Line has been preparing for our return to service, and we are grateful to the government of Greece for allowing us to show that we can safely operate our cruises," said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line.

"The beautiful islands of Greece have been a highlight of our Mediterranean itineraries for decades, and we are honored to be able to restart out of Athens and give our guests a memorable vacation after all this time without cruise travel."

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