Westerdam completes Holland America Line’s full return to service 

Westerdam completes Holland America Line’s full return to service 

The ship will be deployed in Alaska until the end of September

Holland America Line’s Westerdam returned to service on Sunday (June 12), from Seattle, marking the last ship in the fleet to resume operations following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Westerdam embarked guests for a seven-day Alaska Explorer cruise and will be positioned in Alaska until the end of September.

To commemorate the occasion Holland America Line held a ceremony in the terminal attended by the ship’s captain and senior officers. Three guests cut a ribbon to open embarkation, and Captain Wouter van Hoogdalem placed the final piece of a puzzle with the line’s ships on, to signify the line’s full return to service.

Speaking on Sunday, the line’s president Gus Antorcha said it was “an emotional day that’s been more than a year in the making”. He added: “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.”

Following its season in Alaska, Westerdam will embark on a 36-day South Pacific crossing, repositioning from Seattle to Sydney. It will then offer a season of roundtrip from Sydney itineraries to the north and south islands of New Zealand, along with southern Australia.  

Since Holland America Line 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 Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, California Coast and South Pacific. 

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

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