May 5. Holland America, the Seattle-based cruise company that is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, announced on Wednesday that starting in August, it will resume departures in the Mediterranean. The restart plan calls for one ship to be pressed into service.
The line said its 2,104-passenger Eurodam would operate a series of seven-night voyages out of Piraeus, Greece beginning on Aug. 15 through early September before repositioning in Venice, Italy, for the fall Season.
Like many cruise lines, Holland America hasn’t operated since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic in March of 2020.
In recent weeks, nearly half a dozen major cruise brands including Norwegian Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises have announced plans to resume Mediterranean sailings out of Piraeus over the next three months.
Several lines including Crystal Cruises, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean also have announced plans to restart Caribbean sailings in the coming months with trips out of non-U.S. ports such as Nassau in the Bahamas. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently is blocking all but the smallest cruise ships from sailing out of U.S. ports due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 on ships.
Source: The Points Guy