Published on : Thursday, September 2, 2021
Holland America Line is likely to restart two more ships, Volendam and Zaandam, around May next year. The ships will join Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam and Zuiderdam, which have returned to service or are slated to restart cruising by November.
Holland America Line will restart the two ships in May when Volendam will explore northern Europe and Zaandam will return to the Canada/New England region. With these new start dates, the Grand World Voyage and Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage will not operate in 2022 and will resume in 2023.
When Volendam returns on May 1, the ship will offer longer explorations ranging from 14 to 35 days to the Baltic, Norway up to North Cape and Spitsbergen, British Isles and Iceland, all roundtrip from Rotterdam, Netherlands. The ship also sails along the Iberian Peninsula to the Mediterranean and down to Egypt and Israel.
Meanwhile, Zaandam will restarts on May 12 in the beloved Canada/New England region, with a cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Boston, Massachusetts, followed by itineraries between Boston and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The ship will offer the popular 35-day Voyage of the Vikings itinerary in July that sails roundtrip from Boston to Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Ireland.
Gus Antorcha, President, Holland America Line said in a statement that the line has been diligently planning and preparing to move ships back into service, and after an extremely successful restart in Alaska and Europe are thrilled to have return-to-service dates for Volendam and Zaandam.
He also mentioned that the team members on the ship have shared their positive experience about welcoming guests back on board and are looking forward to next spring when even more eager travellers can get back to cruising with the company.