After more than two years since the industry-wide hiatus began due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Holland America Line Noordam returned to service on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. . The ship embarked guests for a 21-day transit through the Panama Canal to Vancouver, Canada, which will put it in Alaska until September.
To commemorate the occasion, Holland America Line held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the terminal to open boarding, which was attended by the ship’s captain and senior officers. “We are excited to welcome guests aboard Noordam once again as we continue the pace of having all 11 of our ships back in service in June,” said Gus Torch, president of Holland America Line.
Since Holland America Line restarted cruising in July 2021, Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam and Zuiderdam have returned to service with cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, the California coast and the South Pacific. . The Volendam is currently chartered by the government of the Netherlands, positioned next to Rotterdam hosting Ukrainian refugees.
Following transit through the Panama Canal, Noordam will spend the summer in Alaska, offering seven-day cruises between Vancouver and Whittier, Alaska, along with a special 14-day roundtrip Great Alaska Explorer voyage from Vancouver in September. . With a strong cruise ship presence in Vancouver, Holland America Line plans to position four ships from the Canadian homeport in 2022. A fifth includes a visit to Vancouver in late April. Noordam will also offer longer cruises that combine a three-, four- or seven-day Alaskan cruise with an overland exploration of Denali National Park. Holland America Line is the only cruise company to extend overland sailings to the wilderness of Canada’s Yukon Territory.
Following the Alaskan stint, Noordam heads west with a 34-day Pacific Ocean voyage from San Diego, California to Sydney, Australia and a 35-day round-trip circumnavigation of Australia from Sydney with 15 mainland calls and scenic Great Barrier Reef cruises. The ship will sail in 2023 with 12- to 15-day round-trip cruises from Sydney exploring New Zealand through March 2023, before crossing back to North America for another season in Alaska.
Holland America Line will complete the restart of the remaining ships in the fleet before mid-June with the Oosterdam on May 8 in Trieste, Venice, Italy; the Zaandam on May 12 in Fort Lauderdale; and the Westerdam on June 12 in Seattle, Washington.