Holland America Line has extended its suspension of all departures through December 15, 2020 due to on-going global health concerns.
Holland America Extends Suspension on Cruise Operations
The cruise line has made the decision to extends its suspension on cruise operations for even longer due to on-going travel restrictions and health concerns around the world.
The suspension on all departures is through December 15, 2020, and it affects the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Pacific Coastal, South America, Antarctica, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia, and Asia itineraries.
This comes as the cruise line has suffered especially as its a more international focused operator unlike more U.S. based cruise lines like Carnival Cruise Line. It is prooving challenging dealing with different country restrictions and the need to work with local health authorities. It’s a similar case for British-based P&O Cruises which has also today announced an extension on suspended operations.
Holland America Line is offering impacted guests compensation in the form of a bonus future cruise credit per person. Those who have already paid in full for their cruise will receive a 125% credit. Those who have not paid for their booking in full will receive a future cruise credit of the double amount of the deposit paid for the cruise.
The future cruise credit is valid for 12 months and can be used on future sailings through December 31, 2022. Guests can also request a full refund if they no longer want to go ahead with their booking in the future. There is a form online for this which must be completed no later than September 15, 2020.
The Carnival-owned cruise line has already cancelled all Alaska, Europe, and Canada/New England cruises for 2020 along with select departures from Hawaii in 2021. The fleet is now on hold and in layup until cruises can safely resume with new health measures in place.
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