Holland America Line said it will move the Oosterdam next
summer from its currently scheduled deployment in the Mediterranean to sail in
HAL attributed the change to “the increasing demand for more
Demand for Mediterranean sailings, particularly the eastern
Med, have been weaker this year at many cruise lines because of a variety of
geopolitical problems there, including terrorist attacks in France and Turkey.
Earlier this year, Celebrity Cruises said it would move the
Celebrity Equinox next summer from the Med to the Caribbean for year-round
With the addition of Oosterdam, HAL will have seven ships
cruising in Alaska next summer.
A search for Mediterranean cruises next July on HAL’s
website shows only the Westerdam on those itineraries.
Booked guests and their travel professionals are being notified of the decision.
HAL said prices would be protected for Oosterdam guests
rebooking on another Europe or transatlantic cruise, and that an onboard credit
would be issued “transferable to any new Holland America Line itinerary.”
Travel sellers will get a bonus commission if the guest
rebooks, HAL said.