We got a chance to join Holland America Line on MS Zuiderdam as she prepared to welcome guests back after nearly 600 days being paused because of the pandemic. Based on our whirlwind tour and fantastic lunch at their legendarily good Pinnacle Grill, we're sure guests are going to have a fantastic time on their 10-day Sea of Cortez cruise that they departed on yesterday.
Zuiderdam’s first cruise is a 10-day “Mexico and Sea of Cortez” that will be followed by Panama Canal departures and a grand 35-day South Pacific sojourn and Pacific cruise. Koningsdam sails a series of seven-day cruises to the California Coast or Mexico and two longer Hawaii voyages that run through April 3, 2022. Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam each make one call at San Diego in spring 2022.
Earlier in the week on Dec. 19, while remaining alongside at San Diego’s B-Street Cruise Terminal, Zuiderdam took part in the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights with an illuminated “Ho Ho Ho” on the ship's side to show community support.
Holland America Line continues to be an incredible supporter of San Diego as well as the West Coast cruise market in general.
The cruise line has been homeporting from the Port of San Diego since the 1990s. For the upcoming 2021-22 season, the cruise line will bring more than 81,000 guests to the city, which will result in more than $35 million in direct spending.
Operationally, each ship visit directly contributes $364,000 to the local economy in provisioning (fuel, food, flowers, piano tuning, supplies), port taxes, and spending. When Koningsdam and Zuiderdam call at San Diego, both ships will connect to shore power, reducing the ships’ carbon footprint.
Throughout the years, Holland America Line has been actively involved with more than 30 nonprofits in San Diego County through giving, shipboard lunches and cruise donations, including La Jolla Playhouse, San Ysidro Health and Girl Scouts San Diego.
More Photos From Our Christmas Tour Of Holland America Line Zuiderdam!
Here are some more photos from our visit aboard MS Zuiderdam in San Diego ...