Travel Three more major cruise lines resume departures as cruising comeback ramps up
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Add, and to the list of cruise brands that finally have restarted departures after a 16-month-long, COVID-19-related hiatus.
Holland America resumed operations on Saturday with a single ship sailing out of Seattle, and Princess and Norwegian are resuming operations today — also with single ships sailing out of Seattle and Piraeus, Greece, respectively.
The Holland America and Princess vessels restarting service — the 2,106-passenger Nieuw Amsterdam and 3,560-passenger Majestic Princess — are sailing to Alaska. The Norwegian ship resuming operations — the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Jade — is sailing to the Greek Islands.
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For all three lines, these are the first departures from any port in the world since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic in March of 2020.
Like all major cruise lines around the world, Holland America, Princess and Norwegian shutdown operations in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and stayed shut down as COVID-19 cases spiked around the world through 2020.
In restarting service, the three brands are joining a growing number of competitors including, and that already . The restarts have been occurring as countries around the world including the United States and Greece .
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Both Holland America and Princess plan to operate 10 departures out of Seattle through September with Nieuw Amsterdam and Majestic Princess, respectively. Norwegian Jade will continue to operate Greek Islands sailings into the fall.
All of the sailings only will be open to passengers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 — a policy that many (but not all) cruise lines.
All three lines plan to add more vessels back into service slowly over the coming months. Holland America has 10 ships in its fleet in all, while Princess currently has a 14-ship fleet. Norwegian is the biggest of the three brands with 17 ships in its fleet.
In restarting sailings to Alaska, Holland America and Princess are following in the wake of Royal Caribbean, which on July 19 became thesince the end of the 2019 cruise season.
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Royal Caribbean’s 2,143-passenger Serenade of the Seas is currently in the midst of operating the line’s first Alaska sailing, which also began in Seattle. The ship will return to Seattle on Monday after becoming theas well as the Alaskan ports of Icy Strait Point, Juneau and Ketchikan in nearly two years.
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Featured image of (from left to right) Carnival Corporation president and CEO Arnold Donald; Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz; and Holland America president Gus Antorcha in front of Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam at the Port of Seattle courtesy of Holland America.
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