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Holland America Line to Restart Cruising from Greece in August

Holland America Line has announced that – while working in close coordination with the government of Greece – it will restart cruising from Piraeus (Athens) in August with four departures aboard the Eurodam ship.

The company’s cruises from Greece will be available for 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.

“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.

Departing August 15 and 29, the “Idyllic Greek Isles” itinerary features Kotor, Montenegro, plus the Greek isles of Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos. “Ancient Wonders” departs August 22 to explore Haifa, Israel, as well as Nafplion, Mykonos and Rhodes in Greece.

Rhodes, Island Photo Source: http://likenoother.aegeanislands.gr

Rhodes, Island Photo Source: http://likenoother.aegeanislands.gr

“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,” Antorcha added

Moreover, a seven-day “Adriatic Allure” itinerary departing September 5 will sail from Piraeus to Venice, Italy, with calls at Mykonos, Katakolon (Olympia) and Crete (Chania) in Greece, and Sarandë in Albania.

“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 Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis.

Cruiseship at the Mykonos Port

Holland America Line cruise ship at Mykonos Port. Photo © Maria Theofanopoulou

Additional Mediterranean cruises aboard Eurodam through the fall will be announced in the coming weeks and 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 guests will be required to comply with all health and safety protocols in place at the time of departure for travel to and from the ship, as well as all onboard protocols and procedures for visiting ports.

Additional preventive health measures under Holland America Line’s “Travel Well” program will be in place, including health screenings, face mask requirements, physical distancing and capacity controls.

Cruiseway Travel is the sales representative of Holland America Line in Greece.

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