Holland America Line has extended its pause on cruise operations for another 30 days due to the ongoing global health crisis.
Holland America Line Extends Cruise Suspension
Holland America Line has followed sister cruise line Carnival Cruise Line by extending the suspension of cruise operations due to the coronavirus pandemic around the world. The cruise line is extending its pause on cruises through May 12, 2020, which is an additional 30 days from its original shutdown.
Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said:
“As the world addresses global health concerns, travel has come to a temporary standstill as communities take necessary precautions to protect themselves.”
“All of us at Holland America Line are wishing everyone the best during this unprecedented time.”
The cruise line’s original suspension was set to last until April 14, 2020, but as expected now even more cruises have been cancelled. Those who are booked on sailings from April 14 through May 14, 2020 will be receiving a notification from Holland America Line in the coming days regarding their options.
Should guests choose to rebook their vacation plans with Holland America Line, they will be able to get a Future Cruise Credit for 125% of their booking value along with an additional $250 of onboard spending money during the newly booked cruise. There is also the option of a full cruise refund.
The cruise line has been struggling to bring a halt to all operations since the suspension went into action in early March. The Zaandam has been stranded at sea with confirmed COVID-19 cases onboard and only recently has been given permission to transit the Panama Canal to get back to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, read more here.
This news follows sister cruise line Carnival that finally decided to announce an extension on the suspension of operations. Cruise lines are now extending their voluntary suspension as there is no end in sight for the virus which impacts the world.