Holland America Line announced it will restart cruising operations from Pireaus in August 2021 following approval from the Greek Government
Operations will recommence with four departures aboard Eurodam. Bookings for these cruises opened on 6 May and departures commence on 15 August.
Holland America’s ’Idyllic Greek Isles’ itinerary features Kotor in Montenegro, the Greek isles of Kékira (Corfu), Thíra (Santorini) and Mykonos. Another itinerary ’Ancient Wonders’ departs 22 August to Haifa in Israel, Náfplion, Mykonos and Rhodes in Greece.
The Line plans to announce additional Mediterranean cruises aboard Eurodam which will include ports in Italy and Greece. Eurodam returns to the United States to begin sailing its published Caribbean cruises in mid-November.
Holland America Line president Gus Antorcha said, “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. The beautiful islands of Greece have been a highlight of our Mediterranean itineraries for decades, and we are honoured to be able to restart out of Athens and give our guests a memorable holiday after all this time without cruise travel.”
Greece’s minister of tourism, Harry Theoharis said, “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. 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 nation.”
Passengers on these cruises are required to have received their final dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to beginning the cruise and demonstrate proof of vaccination.
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