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Crown Cruise Vacations | September 23, 2023

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Holland America Celebrates One Year Back to Cruising

Holland America Celebrates One Year Back to Cruising
Jackie Sheckler Finch

What a long strange trip it’s been. After the industry-wide pause in cruising because of COVID-19, Holland America Line is celebrating its one year back to sailing the world’s waters.

“The emotions and excitement from a year ago still resonate today as destinations around the world open and we persist in fully getting back to cruising,” Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line, said in a July news release.

Aerials of Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam in Seattle’s Elliott Bay, 18 July 2021.

“We are grateful to our guests who returned to sail with us, to our team members who came back to sea, to the ports that welcomed us, to our partners who stood by us and to all of our shoreside employees who got us back in the water,” Antorcha said.

Nieuw Amsterdam was the line’s first ship back, resuming cruising July 21, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. “Over the past year, we have operated more than 240 cruises, and we look forward to continuing to offer more memorable vacations,” Antorcha said.

Holland America Line’s 10 remaining ship restarted in a variety of destinations as ports opened to visitors. The Westerdam was the last ship back into service on June 12, 2022.



Fun facts and figures since the return to service in July 2021:

Cruises sailed: 242

Different ports visited: 169

Nautical miles sailed: 502,565 (577,950 miles), enough to travel to the moon and back two-and-a-half times

Glacier visits in Alaska: 122

Team members welcomed back on board to serve guests: 12,287 (98 different nationalities)

Unique shore excursions operated: more than 2,000

Funds raised for On Deck for a Cause: $210,000

Meals served: more than 6,500,000

Specialty coffee drinks served: 700,000

Beers consumed: 1,117,306

Soda, water and juice consumed: 3,235,855

Entertainment: more than 25,000 performances

Trivia questions asked: 76,000

One Year Fun Facts HAL

Photos courtesy of Holland America Line

  1. Nieuw Amsterdam crew celebrates one year back in July. (Cover photo)
  2. Nieuw Amsterdam in Seattle.
  3. Fun facts.


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