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Itineraries Changed on Many cruises.
« on: March 27, 2011, 01:01:40 PM »
Japan Travel Advisory

At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. We are actively monitoring the situation in Japan related to the upcoming ms Volendam sailings scheduled to depart April 14th from Singapore and May 2 from Kobe (Osaka). Alternative itineraries are currently being evaluated and we fully understand there may be a need to cancel calls in Japan. If changes are required, we anticipate making that decision the week of March 21st. Should future itinerary changes be made, affected guests and travel agents will be notified immediately.

Holland America Line Replaces 2011 Egypt Port Calls

At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. Therefore, as a result of the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning to defer all non-essential travel to Egypt due to continuing uncertainties regarding the restructuring of government institutions and the unresolved security situation there, we have replaced calls in Egypt on the cruises below. If the Travel Warning is withdrawn or revised prior to the time originally scheduled to call in Egypt, we will try to reinstate the original itinerary if at all possible.

Affected travel agents and guests are being notified.

ms Amsterdam Grand World Voyage that departed Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Jan. 5, 2011 will no longer call at the Egyptian ports of Safaga, Sharm el-Sheikh and Alexandria (Cairo). The affected segment of the itinerary is as follows:

Mar. 25    Dubai, United Arab Emirates    overnight - overnight
Mar. 26    Dubai, United Arab Emirates    overnight – 10:00 am
Mar. 27    Muscat, Oman    7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mar. 28    At Sea    
Mar. 29    Salalah, Oman    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mar. 30 - Apr. 2    At Sea    
Apr. 3    Aqaba, Jordan    7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Apr. 4    At Sea    
Apr. 5    Daylight Transit Suez Canal    
Apr. 6    Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel    7:00 am – 11:00 pm

ms Prinsendam 62-day Africa and Mediterranean Grand Voyage that departed Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Mar. 12 will no longer call at the Egyptian ports of Alexandria (Cairo) and Port Said. The affected segment of the itinerary is revised as follows:
Apr. 17    Dubrovnik, Croatia    9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Apr. 18-19    At Sea    
Apr. 20    Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel    9:00 am - overnight

ms Prinsendam 14-day Holy Land Explorer departing Sep. 26, 2011 from Rome to Athens will no longer call at the Egyptian ports of Alexandria (Cairo) and Port Said. The affected segment of the itinerary is revised as follows:

Sep. 29    Iraklion, Crete, Greece    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sep. 30    At Sea    
Oct. 1    Larnaca, Cyprus    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

ms Prinsendam 14-day Holy Land Explorer departing Oct. 24, 2011 sailing round-trip Rome will no longer call at Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt. The affected segment of the itinerary is revised as follows:
Oct. 28    Antalya, Turkey    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oct. 29    Larnaca, Cyprus    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

ms Rotterdam 12-day Egypt & Holy Land Explorer departing Oct. 25th, 2011 from Athens to Rome will no longer call at Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt. The affected segment of the itinerary is revised as follows:
Oct. 27    Limassol, Cyprus    noon – 11:00 pm

Holland America Line Replaces Spring 2011 Mazatlán Port Calls

At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. As such, for the remainder of the 2011 Spring cruise season we are replacing Mazatlán on our published itineraries as follows:
ms Oosterdam 7-day cruises departing March 12th, 19th, 26th and April 9th and 16th will now feature two days in Puerto Vallarta with an overnight on day three. The April 2nd departure will instead overnight in Cabo San Lucas on day four.

The 10- or 14-day sailing on ms Zaandam departing April 10th and ms Oosterdam departing April 23rd will now call a second time in Cabo San Lucas on day six.

Affected guests and travel agents are being notified.

Discussions will continue with local authorities in Mazatlán to determine the appropriate time to resume port calls there.

Should future itinerary changes be made, affected travel agents and guests will be notified.

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Re: Itineraries Changed on Many cruises.
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 10:59:54 AM »
Travel Advisories

Updated March 25, 2011

Japan Travel Advisory

Holland America Line has made revisions to the April 14th and May 2nd sailings of the ms Volendam as a consequence of the recent events in Japan. While the situation there is improving on a daily basis, there remains much recovery work to be done in the northern region. As such, upcoming scheduled calls to Northern Japan have been canceled including Yokohama (Tokyo) on May 4-5; Hakodate on May 7; and Kushiro on May 8. In their place, we have scheduled calls in Korea and Russia. The new itinerary for the affected segment of the sailing is as follows:

May 2nd:    Kobe (Osaka), Japan    
May 3rd:    Scenic cruising Inland Sea of Japan    
May 4th:    Busan (Pusan), South Korea    Full Day
May 5th:    At Sea
May 6th:    Vladivostok, Russian Federation    Full Day
May 7-9th:    At Sea
May 10th:    Petropavlovsk (Kamchatka),
Russian Federation    Full Day

After May 10th the schedule reverts back to the published itinerary.

Port calls to Nagasaki (April 30th) and Kobe-Osaka (May 2nd) in southern Japan will operate as scheduled. These areas are hundreds of miles southwest of the Fukushima nuclear plant and well beyond the 50 mile precautionary area originally recommended by the U.S. and Japanese governments. While we remain confident in travelling to southern Japan, guests may also refer to the U.S. Department of State website for their most recent statement.

Although we always try to maintain our published itineraries, we believe these changes are prudent in light of recent events. Japan is a large country with many areas that are completely safe to visit. At the same time, there are areas which need more time to recover.

We are confident that our guests will enjoy the interesting and unique new ports on this portion of our revised itinerary. As well, we will handle all arrangements and costs for Russian visas. There is no action required on the part of our guests. No special visas are required in Korea. We appreciate our guests understanding of this situation and patronage of Holland America Line. It is always our goal, however, to ensure that our guests have a choice in their cruise experience. Therefore, if a guest on the April 14th or May 2nd sailing of the ms Volendam wishes to cancel, they may do so with a full refund of all components of their booking purchased from Holland America Line if their request is received by April 4th, 2011. Affected guests and their travel agents are being notified of these changes.

To show our solidarity with the people of Japan and assist with their rebuilding efforts, Holland America Line will deliver a check for $25,000 to the Japanese Red Cross during our call in Kobe on May 2.

Holland America Line Replaces 2011 Egypt Port Calls

At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. Therefore, as a result of the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning to defer all non-essential travel to Egypt due to continuing uncertainties regarding the restructuring of government institutions and the unresolved security situation there, we have replaced calls in Egypt on the cruises below. If the Travel Warning is withdrawn or revised prior to the time originally scheduled to call in Egypt, we will try to reinstate the original itinerary if at all possible.

Affected travel agents and guests are being notified.

ms Amsterdam Grand World Voyage that departed Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Jan. 5, 2011 will no longer call at the Egyptian ports of Safaga, Sharm el-Sheikh and Alexandria (Cairo). The affected segment of the itinerary is as follows:

Mar. 25    Dubai, United Arab Emirates    overnight - overnight
Mar. 26    Dubai, United Arab Emirates    overnight – 10:00 am
Mar. 27    Muscat, Oman    7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mar. 28    At Sea    
Mar. 29    Salalah, Oman    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mar. 30 - Apr. 2    At Sea    
Apr. 3    Aqaba, Jordan    7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Apr. 4    At Sea    
Apr. 5    Daylight Transit Suez Canal    
Apr. 6    Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel    7:00 am – 11:00 pm

ms Prinsendam 62-day Africa and Mediterranean Grand Voyage that departed Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Mar. 12 will no longer call at the Egyptian ports of Alexandria (Cairo) and Port Said. The affected segment of the itinerary is revised as follows:
Apr. 17    Dubrovnik, Croatia    9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Apr. 18-19    At Sea    
Apr. 20    Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel    9:00 am - overnight

ms Prinsendam 14-day Holy Land Explorer departing Sep. 26, 2011 from Rome to Athens will no longer call at the Egyptian ports of Alexandria (Cairo) and Port Said. The affected segment of the itinerary is revised as follows:

Sep. 29    Iraklion, Crete, Greece    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sep. 30    At Sea    
Oct. 1    Larnaca, Cyprus    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

ms Prinsendam 14-day Holy Land Explorer departing Oct. 24, 2011 sailing round-trip Rome will no longer call at Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt. The affected segment of the itinerary is revised as follows:
Oct. 28    Antalya, Turkey    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oct. 29    Larnaca, Cyprus    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

ms Rotterdam 12-day Egypt & Holy Land Explorer departing Oct. 25th, 2011 from Athens to Rome will no longer call at Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt. The affected segment of the itinerary is revised as follows:
Oct. 27    Limassol, Cyprus    noon – 11:00 pm

Holland America Line Replaces Spring 2011 Mazatlán Port Calls

At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. As such, for the remainder of the 2011 Spring cruise season we are replacing Mazatlán on our published itineraries as follows:
ms Oosterdam 7-day cruises departing March 12th, 19th, 26th and April 9th and 16th will now feature two days in Puerto Vallarta with an overnight on day three. The April 2nd departure will instead overnight in Cabo San Lucas on day four.

The 10- or 14-day sailing on ms Zaandam departing April 10th and ms Oosterdam departing April 23rd will now call a second time in Cabo San Lucas on day six.

Affected guests and travel agents are being notified.

Discussions will continue with local authorities in Mazatlán to determine the appropriate time to resume port calls there.

Should future itinerary changes be made, affected travel agents and guests will be notified.

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Re: Itineraries Changed on Many cruises.
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 10:59:54 AM »