Despite increasing pressure from the cruise industry, the U.S. Center for Disease Control is still preventing cruises to and from U.S. ports.
However, talks are happening and, like all lines, Holland America is working with the government and port authorities to develop its plans to return to cruising. In fact, HAL is so confident that they will be returning to operations soon, they have announced a fantastic new itinerary, set to begin in early August 2021.
The new, 24-day voyage from Boston to Iceland and back will allow guests to visit the island without ever having to step on a plane.
Iceland has recently announced that they will open their borders this week to full vaccinated US travelers. Guests on the 2,650-passenger Nieuw Statendam will call into six ports in the newly opened up country: Reykjavík, Djúpivogur, Seydisfjörur, Akureyri, Isafjörour and Grundarfjörour.
The circumnavigation of Iceland is a first for HAL but has become popular in recent years with adventure cruise lines like Zegrahm Expeditions and Lindblad Expeditions. However, Iceland bound cruises generally begin and end in Europe/UK.
When the Nieuw Statendam makes its expedition to and from Iceland, it also plans to make stops at Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Saint-Pierre, St. John’s, Red Bay, St. Anthony and Corner Brook, Newfoundland; and Qaqortoq (Julianehåb) and Nanortalik (Ilivileq), Greenland.
Of course, this fantastic cruise will not be able to leave New England if the CDC does not lift the U.S. cruise ban. A summit has been set for this month to discuss what measures need to be taken to allow ships to sail again, but it seems Holland America believes they will be able to fulfil the requirements as their 24 day Iceland expedition is now on sale. And it’s not exactly cheap.
An inside cabin will set you back around $5,700 USD and ocean view suites with balcony start at 13,300 USD.