Holland America Line to Restart Cruising from Greece in August 2021 
  Click to tweet: .@HALcruises to start cruising out of Greece with seven-day 
 itineraries roundtrip from Piraeus (Athens) aboard Eurodam in August 2021. # 
Seattle, Wash., May 5, 2021 - Working in close coordination with the government 
of Greece, Holland America Line has received approval to restart cruising from 
Piraeus (Athens) in August with four departures aboard Eurodam.  Bookings for 
these cruises will open May 6. 
Departing Aug. 15 and 29, the "Idyllic Greek Isles" itinerary features Kotor, 
Montenegro, plus the Greek isles of Kékira (Corfu), Thíra (Santorini) and 
Mykonos. "Ancient Wonders" departs Aug. 22 to explore Haifa, Israel, as well as 
Náfplion, Mykonos and Rhodes in Greece. Both options can be combined to form a 
longer, back-to-back 14-day Collectors' Voyage. 
A seven-day "Adriatic Allure" itinerary departing Sept. 5 will sail from 
Piraeus to Venice, Italy, with calls at Mykonos, Katakolon (Olympia) and Crete 
(Chania), Greece, and Sarandë, Albania. Additional Mediterranean cruises aboard 
Eurodam through the fall will be announced in the coming weeks and include 
ports in Italy and Greece. Eurodam returns to the United States to begin 
sailing its published Caribbean cruises in mid-November. 
"Everyone at Holland America Line has been preparing for our return to service, 
and we are grateful to the government of Greece for allowing us to show that we 
can safely operate our cruises," said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland 
America Line. "The beautiful islands of Greece have been a highlight of our 
Mediterranean itineraries for decades, and we are honored to be able to restart 
out of Athens and give our guests a memorable vacation after all this time 
without cruise travel." 
"The Greek Islands have been welcoming Holland America Line ships for many 
years, and we are proud to work together to welcome the cruise line back this 
summer," said Harry Theoharis, Minister of Tourism of Greece. "We are sure that 
all visitors to Greece will once again have unique experiences to our beautiful 
destinations and fully enjoy the rich history, culture and gastronomy of our 
On board, Holland America Line will continue to offer the amenities that are a 
hallmark of the brand. Dining will be available in all restaurants and 
specialty venues, as well as room service. Entertainment will be in full swing 
in the main show lounge, and live music will be featured in Lincoln Center 
Stage, B.B. King's Blues Club, Billboard Onboard and Rolling Stone Rock Room. 
Port-to-Table culinary demonstrations, EXC Talks and more will bring Greece and 
its culture on board through engaging activities. To accommodate physical 
distancing, additional performances may be added to the schedule. 
Cruise and Stay Healthy with 'Travel Well' Protocols 
Holland America Line cruises from Greece are available for guests who have 
received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days 
prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. 
Holland America Line guests will be required to comply with all health and 
safety protocols in place at the time of departure for travel to and from the 
ship, as well as all onboard protocols and procedures for visiting ports. 
Guests can find information about Greece traveler health requirements on the 
Visit Greece website. 
Additional preventive health measures under Holland America Line's " Travel 
Well" program will be in place, including health screenings, face mask 
requirements, physical distancing and capacity controls. The ships now feature 
enhanced environmental sanitation and air ?ltration with upgraded HVAC systems 
and ultraviolet technology. HEPA ?lters will be used in key areas as a further 
safeguard. In addition, medical centers will be equipped with COVID-19 testing 
and treatment capabilities. 
Holland America Line's protocols are subject to change as work continues in 
collaboration with medical experts and government bodies to ensure the 
practices evolve in line with the latest advice. 
Full details, including cruise fares and information on shore excursions, are 
being finalized and will be shared in the coming weeks at hollandamerica.com. 
Attractive airfares from several domestic and international gateways will be 
available through Holland America Line's FlightEase program. Flexible 
cancellation terms, including our Covid-19 Protections, are offered through " 
Book with Confidence" when booked by June 30, 2021, for sailings through Dec. 
31, 2021. The cruise line's Cancellation Protection Plan also allows 
cancellation up to 24 hours in advance. 
To accommodate the new Greece sailings, guests sailing on Eurodam's published 
Seattle roundtrip Alaska cruises will be moved to similar accommodations on 
sister ship Nieuw Amsterdam, which is scheduled to sail on the same departure 
dates. In addition, European cruises departing from July 1 through July 25 on 
Volendam and July 1 through Aug. 31 on Westerdam will be canceled. Guests who 
were booked on impacted cruises and their travel advisors are being notified. 
Fares for Eurodam's seven-day Greece cruises begin at a "Have it All" premium 
package fare of $1,999 per person that includes one shore excursion, a beverage 
package, specialty dining and Wi-Fi. Cruise-only fares start at $1,649 per 
person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional. 
For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 
1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com. 
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: 
CCL and CUK)] 
Holland America Line has been exploring the world since 1873 and was the first 
cruise line to offer adventures to Alaska and the Yukon more than 70 years ago. 
Its fleet of premium ships visits more than 470 ports in 98 countries around 
the world, offering an ideal mid-sized ship experience. A third Pinnacle-class 
ship, Rotterdam, is under construction and will join the fleet in July 2021. 
The leader in premium cruising, Holland America Line's ships feature innovative 
initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination 
exploration and personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills each 
evening at Music Walk, and dining venues feature exclusive selections from 
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous 
In light of COVID-19, Holland America Line is currently enhancing health and 
safety protocols and how they may impact future cruises. Our actual offerings 
may vary from what is displayed or described in marketing materials. Review our 
current  Cruise Updates,  Health & Safety Protocols and  CDC Travel Advisories. 
CONTACT:  Erik Elvejord 
PHONE:    800-637-5029, 206-626-9890 
EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com 

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May 05, 2021 13:20 ET (17:20 GMT)