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Holland America cancels cruises until mid-December due to Coronavirus

Holland America Line announced on Tuesday that it will extend its suspension of cruises until mid-December due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

All HAL cruises sailing to the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Pacific Coastal, South America, Antarctica, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia and Asia are cancelled through December 15, 2020.

Guests on affected cancelled bookings have the choice of a 125% Future Cruise Credit or a 100% refund.

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Holland America will change new cruise ship name to Rotterdam

Holland America Line announced on Thursday it will change the planned name of its new flagship cruise ship to be Rotterdam.

The name Rotterdam is significant because Holland America Line's first ship was Rotterdam, which sailed its maiden voyage from the Netherlands to New York Oct. 15, 1872, and led to the founding of the company on April 18, 1873. 

Originally, the new ship was to be called the Ryndam, but will instead be called Rotterdam and will be delivered from Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Italy on July 30, 2021.

Holland America will sell 4 cruise ships

Holland America announced on Wednesday that it will remove four ships from its fleet, sold to new owners.

The four ships that were sold are Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam.

The Maasdam, Veendam and Rotterdam are over 20 years old, and were built in the 1990s and carry 1,258 to 1,404 passengers.

The Amsterdam was launched in 2000.

Holland America Group CEO Stein Kruse said in a statement:

Holland America President announces he is leaving the company

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford announced today he will be leaving the company at the end of May.

Ashford has been the cruise line's President for over five years, having served in the role since November 2014.

Holland America cancels all of its Alaska, European and Canadian cruises in 2020

Holland America Line announced this week it has cancelled all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for 2020.

In addition, Amsterdam will not operate the 79-day Grand Africa Voyage from Boston, Massachusetts, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that was scheduled to depart on Oct. 3, 2020.

Holland America cancels Nieuw Amsterdam sailing for propulsion repairs

Holland America announced the February 1st sailing of the Nieuw Amsterdam will be cancelled because of one of the chip’s two azipod propulsion systems.

Nieuw Amsterdam will go to Grand Bahama shipyard to conduct the repairs before resuming scheduled sailings on February 8.

“All guests and their travel advisors have been notified of this cancellation, and we sincerely regret impacting their vacation plans,” Holland America said in a statement. “We sincerely regret impacting their vacation plans.”

‘Top Chef’ Winner Kristen Kish joins Holland America Cruise Line's Culinary Council

Holland America Line is adding “Top Chef” season 10 winner Kristen Kish to its award-winning Culinary Council, which is a collection of elite, international celebrity chefs who bring global influence to dining experiences across the fleet.

Holland America Westerdam to visit eight countries in 2019-20 season

Holland America Line's Westerdam's 2019-2020 cruise season will see the ship visit eight countries.

 From September 2019 through April 2020, Westerdam extensively explores Cambodia, China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam on cruises ranging from 13 to 16 nights.

Departing from Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan; Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; and Singapore,the ship will offer nine different itineraries.

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