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.

Holland America Line's Oosterdam docked at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Holland America Line’s Oosterdam docked at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC. Photo © Aaron Saunders

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-ceiling windows; and a Greenhouse Spa with a warming hydrotherapy pool and heated thermal loungers – a perfect retreat after being out in the mist and the cold all day.

Holland America Line's Oosterdam and Princess Cruises' Golden Princess follow the Norwegian Pearl out of Seattle on June 2, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Holland America’s Oosterdam departing Seattle on June 2, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Next year, Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam takes over the line’s flagship weeklong run to Alaska from Vancouver. The classic Inside Passage cruise, Nieuw Amsterdam’s sailings take her from Canada Place to the scenic Inside Passage that runs between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. She then calls on Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, along with days spent cruising scenic Tracy Arm Fjord and the icy grandeur of Glacier Bay National Park.

Out of Seattle, Eurodam takes over Holland America’s staple run from the Pier 91 berths not far from the company’s corporate headquarters. Sailing roundtrip, Eurodam calls on Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka before making an evening call on Victoria, British Columbia, on her return to Seattle.

Holland America Line's Oosterdam at Canada Place on May 4, 2005. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Holland America Line’s Oosterdam at Canada Place on May 4, 2005. Photo © Aaron Saunders

Holland America also offers one-way “Northbound” and “Southbound” voyages to Seward from Vancouver and reverse that can be paired with the line’s comprehensive overland Cruise Tours that take guests further inland, to places like Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali National Park, and even Prudhoe Bay.

We’ll have exact details on Oosterdam’s new 2017 Alaska deployment as it becomes available.

Click here to read our Live Voyage Report from onboard sister-ship Zuiderdam in Alaska.

 

 

 

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