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Holland America Line’s Worry-Free Promise extended through December 2022

In a statement from Beth Bodensteiner, Chief Commercial Officer for Holland America Line, they said, “guests are thrilled to be back on board and exploring new adventures. We want everyone to feel comfortable when booking one of our great cruise offers available right now, knowing that they will be covered if their plans change.”

Cruise ships return to Canada for first time in two years

Saturday was the first time a cruise ship has docked within Canada in over 905 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holland America’s ship the Koningsdam was the first to return to Canadian waters since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. The ship docked in Victoria British Columbia on Saturday, containing roughly 1,200 passengers.

Holland America cruise ship to house Ukrainian refugees

The cruise line Holland America has committed to housing roughly 1,500 Ukrainian refugees onboard their ship Volendam. The ship will be docked in Rotterdam Netherlands for the time being.

Holland America will be providing temporary home and shelter for Ukrainian Refugees for approximately three months. This arrangement from Holland America comes on the heels of the Netherlands’ commitment to accommodate 50,000 Ukrainians who fled their homes due to the war and ongoing fighting in Ukraine.

Rotterdam Live Blog 2021 – Cruise recap

I just spent five night onboard Holland America’s Rotterdam, the line’s newest ship, and I wanted to share a few takeaways from my cruise.

Rotterdam Live Blog 2021 – Day 5 – Half Moon Cay Villa

Have you ever wondered if the VIP experience is worth the money or not? Today, thanks to Holland America, I got to spend a day at one of the rental villas on Half Moon Cay, the line’s private island, and live the rock star beach life for a few hours.

Rotterdam Live Blog 2021 – Day 4 – Jet Skis in Half Moon Cay

Anyone who’s been to Half Moon Cay knows it’s a perfect beach day. On this itinerary, we have a rare two-day stop at the Carnival Corporation private island shared by Holland America and Carnival Cruise Line. That means I have the opportunity to try out a few new activities since I have extra time.

Rotterdam Live Blog 2021 – Day 3 - Sea Day Entertainment

One of the hallmarks of Holland America is its music program, especially on its newest ships. As today was a sea day, I decided to explore more of the ship’s musical offerings.

Rotterdam Live Blog 2021 – Day 2 – Bimini, Bahamas

Rotterdam’s first port of call was Bimini, Bahamas, a relatively new cruise ship destination. At first, the port was going to be the exclusive beach club domain of Virgin Voyages, but now several cruise lines are calling at the island. This would be my first visit.

Rotterdam Live Blog 2021 – Day 1 - Embarkation Day

Oh-dark-thirty wakeup calls, malfunctioning ride share apps, and flight delays are not how I prefer to start my trips, but sometimes you have to work to earn your cruise. Today was one of those days. 

Rotterdam Live Blog 2021 – Preview

It might surprise you, but cruise lines have been debuting new ships during the pandemic, including Carnival’s Mardi Gras, Celebrity Apex, and Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas. Another newcomer, Holland America’s Rotterdam is on its maiden transatlantic crossing right now. On Friday I will board that ship’s first cruise from Fort Lauderdale – a five-night Bahamas sailing -- to give you all a first look at the brand-new ship.

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