Holland America Line is resuming cruises for the first time, with Eurodam due to homeport in Athens from August, 2021.
Eurodam will be the first cruise ship Holland America Line has put back into service since March last year when the global cruise industry was forced to suspend operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Holland America has scheduled four cruises out of Athens aboard Eurodam after receiving approval from European authorities.
The “Idyllic Greek Isles” itinerary will visit Kotor, Montenegro, and the Greek isles of Kékira (Corfu), Thíra (Santorini) and Mykonos. Eurodam will sail this itinerary on August 15th and August 29th, 2021.
The “Ancient Wonders” itinerary will visit Haifa, Israel, as well as Náfplion, Mykonos and Rhodes in Greece. Eurodam will sail this itinerary on August 22nd, 2021.
Both these itineraries can be combined to form a longer, back-to-back 14-day Collectors’ Voyage.
The seven-day “Adriatic Allure” itinerary departs September 5th, 2021 and will sail from Piraeus to Venice, Italy, with calls at Mykonos, Katakolon (Olympia) and Crete (Chania), Greece, and Sarandë, Albania.
Bookings will open on May 6th, but will only be available to fully vaccinated passengers.
Additional Mediterranean cruises aboard Eurodam through the fall will be announced in the coming weeks and include ports in Italy and Greece, according to Holland America Line.
“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,” he added.
“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 nation,” he said.
Holland America Line’s cruises from Greece will be available to 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.