As HAL-Holland America Line continues to assess its plans around the Interim Order of the Canadian Transport Ministry that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger ships, the company announced it was extending its pause of operations to include all voyages that depart from or conclude in a Canadian port this current year.
This will include a number of Alaska, 3 Canada & New England, and 2 Pacific Coastal sailings in the summer and fall of 2021. It also includes all of HAL Land+Sea Journeys.
Currently, Alaska sailings departing from mid-May and cruising roundtrip from Seattle WA are not being cancelled. Discussions are underway with The US and Canadian government authorities to try to find a path forward to preserve those voyages.
Passengers on impacted Alaska sailings and Land+Sea Journeys involving a Vancouver BC Canada gateway might not move to roundtrip Seattle voyages at this time, as those departures are not open for booking pending further announcements.
Voyages impacted by this pause in operation include:
- Alaska: sailings through September to Alaska from all departure ports onboard ms Koningsdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam, and ms Zuiderdam. This includes any Land+Sea Journeys connected with the cancelled Alaska cruises.
- Pacific Coastal: a couple of voyages in early October onboard ms Koningsdam and ms Oosterdam.
- Canada & New England: 3 cruises onboard ms Zaandam departing September 2021.
All 2022 Alaska and Canada & New England voyages will operate as scheduled.
The Canadian Interim Order expires on February 28, 2022.