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Holland America's Koningsdam will resume sailing from San Diego. - Photo by Holland America Line

When is Koningsdam slated to resume operations?

(Latest Update: October 14, 2021) Koningsdam will resume sailing once again on October 10, 2021. From this date into 2022, the ship will homeport from San Diego and offer a series of 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises. Port stops include Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Mazatlan (Mexico), Puerto Vallarta (Mexico). 

For all cruises through the end of February 2022, Holland America Line requires all guests to have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the beginning of the cruise and be able to present proof of vaccination at boarding. All passengers must also submit an electronic health questionnaire. In addition, Holland America will require each guest to present proof of a negative, medically observed, viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within two days of embarkation.  

Cruising on Koningsdam? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board. 

About the Ship: Koningsdam is one of Holland America’s larger-sized ships. The vessel offers a well-rounded variety of exciting activities, world-class dining options, as well as spaces for relaxation. At full capacity (prior to COVID-19 restrictions) the ship can accommodate up to 2,650 passengers and has 1,331 total cabins. 

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Activities + Entertainment: Guests sailing on Koningsdam will find a number of exciting amenities to keep them busy. The light-filled ship is a haven for music aficionados, who are sure to enjoy the Music Walk. This dedicated entertainment space offers a sound to satisfy every musical taste. Passengers can relax at a classical recital at Lincoln Center Stage, catch a funky Memphis vibe at B.B. King’s Blues Club, or enjoy a twin piano recital at the Billboard Onboard. In addition, in Koningsdam’s new Rolling Stone Rock Room, cruisers can immerse themselves in rock history while a live band plays iconic songs. 

Other activity highlights include a casino, an art gallery, digital computer training workshops, a sundeck, two pools, The Retreat adults cabana area, shopping arcade, sports court, and jogging track. 

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Dining: Koningsdam is home to a variety of dining options. Included options are the Main Dining Room, Lido Market, Dive-In, New York Pizza, and in-room dining. Specialty eateries on Koningsdam include the Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto, Tamarind, Nami Sushi, Rudi’s Sel de Mar. Holland America Line’s extra cost Orange Club offering includes premium in-room breakfast, expanded dinner menus, and priority dining. 

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Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with Holland America Line’s return to the Mexican Riviera, and prices are changing daily. Right now, you can expect to pay about $115 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin to enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean from your own private oasis. These rooms on Koningsdam currently start around $140 per person per night and go up from there based on location and category. 

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What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocol

Before embarkation, all guests sailing on Koningsdam must present the following: proof of COVID-19 vaccination (with the full dose administered 14 days before sailing), a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) result which was taken within two days before sailing, and a completed health questionnaire. Guests will be assigned a boarding time to embark. 

All guests cruising will Holland America are required to wear face masks in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino, except when eating or drinking. Guests will be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in all dining venues and occasionally in other areas where larger numbers of guests may congregate.

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Tips from Our Community Members:

Simply put, this was the perfect most relaxing cruise I’ve been on, and that was because of the crew! I just can’t say enough about how wonderful they made things! - JohnnyAppleseed

Overall, it was an enjoyable cruise on a very well-run ship. We had a Neptune suite so we were able to utilize Club Orange. That service was the best service I've used on a cruise ship in years. Easy way to have dinner/breakfast without the hassle of reservations or waiting in lines. - jmsikora

Beautiful ship, classy cruise line. There is plenty to do on HAL, but it’s less rowdy and more grownup than some cruise lines and that makes it a favorite for us. - rjs0007

Shore Excursions

With so much to see and do in the ports which Kongingsdam will visit, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. The top-rated excursions by port are:

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - City Tour and Glass Bottom Boat Adventure, Snorkel Excursion, ATV Expedition, Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Mazatlan, Mexico - City Tour, Tequila Factory Visit, Food Tour Adventure, Hot Springs Visit

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Zip Line and Tequila Adventure, Dolphin Adventure, Private Cooking Class

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