Holland America Line has cancelled the remaining cruises of Westerdam’s season in Asia. The move affects the following four sailings:
- March 14–28, 14-day South Korea and Japan, sailing roundtrip out of Yokohama, Japan.
- March 28–April 11, 14-day Japan Explorer, sailing roundtrip out of Yokohama.
- April 11–25, 14-day Japan and Russia, sailing roundtrip out of Yokohama.
- April 25–May 10, 16-day North Pacific Crossing, sailing Yokohama to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
“Given the fluidity of changing restrictions in the region we are not confident we would be able to deliver the cruise experience our guests expect and that we strive to deliver,” the cruise line said in a written statement.
Holland America said it will offer all guests affected by the cancellations a full refund, a 50 percent future cruise credit and reimbursement of cancellation fees. The cruise line also said it will share further itineraries on the ship when they are finalized.
The Westerdam has been docked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, following the completion of testing for the coronavirus as the cruise line evaluated its remaining Asian itineraries. All remaining guests and crew have been cleared to travel home or remain on the ship to complete the remainder of their work contract. The ship had been sailing a 14-day itinerary that departed February 1 out of Hong Kong; after attempting to change its disembarkation port, the ship was turned away from several other ports before being allowed to dock in Cambodia.