HAL-Holland America pleased with the lifting of Canadian COVID border restrictions

   October 2, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

HAL-Holland America announced it was pleased with the announcement of the lifting of Canada's pandemic border restrictions.

Canadian border vaccination & testing requirements are no longer necessary under the new guidelines, which is a major step for the industry in simplifying the travel process for Alaska and Canada itineraries.

Under the new procedures, now there is no vaccination requirement for people entering Canada and COVID testing at airports.

In addition to Canada lifting border measures, Holland America is making it even easier for passengers to plan for a voyage with a new Health Protocols Tool on HAL’s website. Now booked passengers can simply enter their booking number and the exact vaccination/testing requirements will be outlined. 

Next year, 6 Holland America liners will explore Alaska from April through to September roundtrip from Seattle WA/Vancouver BC, or one-way between Whittier/Anchorage AK and Vancouver BC. Offering more calls to Glacier Bay than any other major line, Holland America boasts 75 years of Alaska expertise.

For those who wish to travel farther into the Great Land, a total of 16 Cruisetours combine a 3-, 4- or 7-day Alaska voyage with an inland exploration of Denali National Park. HAL is the only cruise company that extends land tours up to Canada’s Yukon Territory.

ms Zuiderdam cruise ship

Holland America’s ms Zaandam and ms Zuiderdam are scheduled to head to Canada & New England in 2023 to showcase the maritime history and natural beauty of the region. The itineraries feature roundtrip departures from Boston MA or between Boston MA and Montreal/Quebec City (Canada).

From April through September 2023, the two vessels offer a series of “Canada & New England Discovery” departures highlighting Canada’s Old-World French flair and New England’s quintessential towns. Aboard ms Zuiderdam passengers can set off a 25- day exploration stretching to Iceland, Newfoundland, and Greenland while ms Zaandam sails on 10- and 11-day voyages to Newfoundland.