Holland America Details Cruise Ship Restart For Fall 2024

The Dutch-owned cruise line is transitioning from its current fleet to new ships, which will be larger and will offer more amenities.

Holland America Line has announced that it will be restarting its three-ship fleet of cruise ships for fall 2024.

Holland America Line is embarking on a $1.5 billion investment to maintain its fleet of 50+ vessels and keep them operational for the next decade.

Holland America announced plans to resume ship operations in the fall of 2024, including two ships from San Diego to Mexico, Hawaii and the California coast, and four ships from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean.

West Coast Cruises

From 18. September to the 22nd. In April, the Zuiderdam will operate 17 cruises from San Diego: eight to Mexico, four along the California coast, three to Hawaii and two through the Panama Canal.

The Koningsdam will be held from 10. October to the 3rd. In April, 23 cruises will depart from San Diego: 15 to Mexico, six to the California coast and two to Hawaii.

Coningsdam to San Diego (Photo courtesy of Holland America)

The seven-day cruises along the California coast include a new itinerary that calls at Catalina Island, Santa Barbara, San Francisco with an overnight stay and Ensenada, Mexico. Another classic California coastal route with stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Avalon and Ensenada.

A new 21-night Panama Canal cruise aboard the passenger ship Nieuw Amsterdam, from Seattle to Fort Lauderdale, departs on the 2nd. October and stopovers in San Diego, Puerto Vallarta, Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Aruba and Half Moon Cay.

All seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises include three stops in Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

Mexico and Sea of Cortez itineraries range from nine to 12 nights and call at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Guaymas, Topolobampo, Pichilingue (La Paz) and Loreto, Mexico.


Cabo San Lucas (Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

Circle Hawaii cruises last 17 or 18 nights and call at Lahaina, Hilo, Honolulu, Navilili and Kona in Hawaii and Ensenada in Mexico.

Two 14-night Panama Canal cruises from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale on the ship Zuiderdam will take place on the 2nd and 30th. January 2024.

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Caribbean cruises

From October 23rd to the 7th. In April, the Nieuw Amsterdam will sail on 24 cruises in the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean. All itineraries are seven nights, except for a special nine-night holiday cruise that will depart on the 30th. The month of December is beginning.

From November 3 to November 10. In April, Rotterdam launches its first Caribbean season with a series of 22 cruises ranging from three to eleven nights.

From November 14 to November 10. In April, Eurodam will offer 15 cruises, including 12 10- and 11-night Sunfarer cruises on the Panama Canal with partial visits to the Panama Canal and Lake Gatun, and three seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises.

From 21 years of age. November to 27. In March, the Nieuw Statendam will sail on 15 cruises of seven to 11 nights in different parts of the Caribbean.

All of these Caribbean itineraries include a visit to Half Moon Cay, the company’s private island.

Holland America ship at anchor off Half Moon Cay (Photo courtesy of Holland America)

Health and safety information

Travel in 2024 is only available to passengers who have received the last dose of the approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel.

Over time, Holland America will continue to monitor the most recent CDC recommendations, as well as local, state and federal regulations domestically and at ports of call. Retirement protocols and vaccination requirements will be updated as necessary.

Cancelled flights 2024

A number of 2024 cruises to Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and South America, as well as the omnibus (combined) cruises associated with these sailings, have been cancelled.

This concerns the shipping routes Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam.

On the ships Volendam and Zaandam the autumn sailings have also been cancelled for the rest of the year.

People booked on these cancelled cruises will be automatically rebooked on a similar voyage in 2024 or an equivalent voyage in 2024, at the same rate and in the same cabin category.

Other options include a 110% credit for a future cruise or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Holland America Cancelling 2024 cruises?

Holland America Line has announced plans to start putting cruises back on the schedule for fall 2024. Holland America Line, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE: CCL), announced today that the company will put cruises back on the schedule for fall 2024. The company originally announced plans for a 2024 start after a string of disastrous mishaps that culminated with the grounding of the MSN Explorer in the Indian Ocean in 2017. With so many changes in the cruise industry, Holland America cruises may not be around for the 2024 season.  In a recent press release, Holland America recently announced that they will be adding a few new ships in the fall of 2024.  This announcement has raised questions as to whether or not Norway and Holland America cruise line will be able to keep their 2024 schedules.

Will 2024 cruises be Cancelled?

By 2024, Virgin Galactic and its partner, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, will have set up a new spaceport in South Texas, and the space tourism market will be booming. The space tourism industry, a $6 billion industry in 2016, is projected to grow to $18 billion by 2026. But there’s a problem: in order to get to space, the passengers of Virgin’s space tourism flights—who will be paying upwards of $250,000 for the privilege—must be launched by a rocket. As a result, the Moon isn’t the only destination in space that’s on Virgin Galactic’s to-do list… This morning, Holland America announced that the Pinnacle of Cruise Ships, its flagship cruise ship, the SS Rotterdam, will be undergoing a 21-month-old rebuild, taking her out of service for an entire year and costing about $50 million. The ship’s departure will leave a significant hole in the cruise industry, as the SS Rotterdam is the second-largest ship in the Holland America fleet, and the only Holland America ship that has a “B” class ocean-going track record.

Has Holland America Cancelled any cruises?

Germany’s Holland America is expected to restart a fleet of cruise ships in 2024, according to a source familiar with the matter. The company is also offering $1 billion in new vessels and renovations for the fleet as part of a turnaround plan. The company has not yet hired a vessel architect or launched a new design, but the sources said they were preparing an announcement on the new ships soon. Holland America was late in announcing it’s plans to resume sailing in 2024, but now the cruise line has released information on the “final design” for its ships that will return, including the details on the ships themselves, the itineraries and the new crew policies.

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