Holland America Line says it can now complete its preparations for a full season of Alaska explorations and Canada/New England sailings following the publication of procedures for the safe resumption of cruises to Canadian ports.
The cruise line will now sail itineraries as scheduled that include Canadian homeports and ports of call from late spring through fall.
Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line, explained that: “The completion of this guidance by Transport Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, Public Health Agency of Canada, and port officials will allow us to sail our Alaska and Canada/New England seasons as planned.”
Antorcha added: “This is a positive step for everyone who loves to travel to these regions and for all of the businesses in Canada that we support through tourism.”
He pointed out that: “Many of the protocols Canada is applying were successfully implemented in the United States after the restart of cruising, and they are working well.”
And he observed: “We are well-positioned to follow Canada’s direction and continue delivering memorable cruise vacations that include Canadian ports.”
The resumption comes as Holland America Line gets ready to celebrate 75 years of Alaska exploration in 2022. Ships in Alaska use Vancouver, Canada, as a homeport for roundtrip cruises and itineraries between Vancouver and Whittier, Alaska. Cruises that sail roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, to Alaska call at Victoria, Canada.
In Canada/New England, ships cruise between Montreal and Quebec City, Canada, and Boston, Massachusetts. Itineraries range from six to 24 days and call at 13 Canadian ports in Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Labrador and Prince Edward Island.
Antorcha noted that: “As people return to travel this summer, we know some will choose to stay a little closer to home. Our Alaska land and sea packages and our Canada/New England sailings are great ways to resume exploring the world without traveling a great distance.”
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