Holland America Line has announced it’s altering its 2017 deployment, pulling the 1,916-guest Oosterdam from its currently-scheduled summer program of Mediterranean cruises and repositioning her instead in Alaska.
Travel Weekly says the change was made due to increased demand for Alaska cruises and, presumably, softening demand for Mediterranean voyages in the wake of uncertainty over recent events in Nice and Istanbul.
Oosterdam’s 2017 Alaska itineraries haven’t been placed on the Holland America Line website just yet. Currently, Holland America plans to deploy Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Volendam and Zaandam in the region next year, operating voyages from Vancouver, Seattle and Seward (for Anchorage, Alaska).
It is currently unknown at the moment if Holland America will choose to base Oosterdam in Vancouver or Seattle. The line has also removed Oosterdam’s previously-planned itineraries in the Mediterranean from sale.
Oosterdam is no stranger to Alaska, having spent the vast majority of her summers there since she first set sail back in 2003. In many ways, she’s ideally suited to the climate there, with a retractable magrodome-covered pool for inclement weather; plenty of open deck space; public rooms lined with oversized floor-to-ceil
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