HAL with new options, Koningsdam in Northern Europe for the summer

By ,   March 23, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Holland America Line plans a bigger shift towards Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as stronger Northern European content.

According to the line that did not mean less content in the Mediterranean where Holland America is debuting its new vessel early 2016. Koningsdam will sail a 4-month Mediterranean program before shifting to Northern Europe for the summer months, sailing to Norway, Ireland and the Baltic from Amsterdam.

2015 is the first year HAL are sailing in the complete Emission Control Area (ECA) in Northern Europe. Holland America’s ships are prepared with scrubbers, and the line has repositioned its vessels over the last few years so fuel impact is less.

Bermuda is also back for this year, with the company offering a handful of voyages from Boston.

MS Zuiderdam will be sailing in the Mediterranean, while the ms Noordam will add capacity to Alaska.

With the Ryndam and Statendam heading to P&O Australia at the end of 2015, their capacity will be replaced with the new ms Koningsdam.

For 2016, Holland America Line will have larger presence in Asia, and plans more capacity in Australia and New Zealand.

Holland America remains the only major line with tonnage in Canada and New England market from May to the fall. 

The seven-day trips between Boston and Montreal will not change as they are very successful and feature the best port content one could expect from a 7-day cruise. The line is one of the few that instead of stopping in Quebec cruise all the way to Montreal.

In Northern Europe, HAL has introduced more options. The line used to just do the Baltic, but is now sailing 12- and 14-day cruises to Scotland, Iceland and the Irish Sea.