Holland America Line will be the first cruise line to return to Canadian cruises after an industry-wide hiatus of more than two years due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Koningsdam will call at Victoria this Saturday, officially signaling the restart of the cruise industry in Canada. The next day, the ship will end its current seven-day cruise at the Port of Vancouver, its home port for the summer season in Alaska.
“We are thrilled to be the first cruise line to return to Canada after such a long absence, and we look forward to celebrating a great moment for all who love to travel and for those in Canada and Alaska whose livelihoods depend on tourism,” Holland said. Gus Antorcha, president of America Line.
“Holland America Line has a robust cruise program that explores Canadian ports on both coasts with itineraries from Alaska, Hawaii, transatlantic and Canada and New England.”
KoningsdamThe Victoria call will mark an incredible 905 days since a cruise ship has visited port. It will also be a first stopover for the ship. To mark the milestones, Antorcha and local government officials will be on hand in Victoria and Vancouver to celebrate the return of Canadian cruises and highlight the importance of Canada and Alaska to Holland America Line.
In 2022, six Holland America Line ships will call in Victoria and Vancouver for the Alaska cruise season. In total, the six ships will make 45 calls in Victoria and bring nearly 75,000 guests to port, and 76 cruises will begin or end in Vancouver, welcoming approximately 140,000 guests.
For Canada and New England sailing the East Coast, two ships return in May and sail between Boston, Massachusetts, and Quebec or Montreal, Quebec.
In total for 2022, Holland America Line will operate 141 cruises on eight ships in Canada with more than 250,000 guests visiting both coasts.