CruiseThe cruise line cites uncertainty around Asian ports for cancelling all 11 Asia sailings.

Holland America Line shifts Asia course for Australia and New Zealand

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Holland America Line joins Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises in calling off Asia sailings.
Holland America Line joins Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises in calling off Asia sailings. Photo Credit: Holland America Line

Due to uncertainty around reopening of Asian ports, Holland America Line (HAL) has cancelled 11 sailings scheduled to happen in Asia, and will reposition the Westerdam to Australia and New Zealand instead.

The cancelled sailings were to depart between 25 September 2022 and 27 February 2023.

"We're sorry for the inconvenience for guests scheduled on these sailings, but we felt it was important to make this decision given the current uncertainties around access in the ports we visit in Asia," said Beth Bodensteiner, chief commercial officer for Holland America Line.

Depending on the specific sailing that was originally scheduled, cruisers will be automatically rebooked on another comparable Asia voyage either later this year or the next.

They can also choose to switch to a sailing in Australia, New Zealand, South America, or Asia from fall 2022 through spring 2023, including the new sailings on Westerdam, and will receive $200 onboard credits.

When Westerdam returns to service on 12 June in Seattle, Washington, US, it will mark the complete resumption of HAL’s full fleet of ships. From its Seattle homeport, Westerdam will sail seven-day “Alaskan Explorer” cruises round-trip during this summer.

After its Alaska season, Westerdam will be deployed to Australia and New Zealand in the fall, with some Southeast Asian ports added on during the winter. Eventually, Westerdam will resume full Asia cruises from February 2023.

Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises had earlier announced cancelling Asia sailings. The Sapphire Princess was repositioned to Los Angeles for the summer instead of Hong Kong and Australia, and the Celebrity Solstice replaced its 2022-23 Asia sailings with voyages in the Mexican Riviera.

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