Westerdam Marks Holland America Return to Asia


The Westerdam is marking Holland America Line’s return to Southeast Asia. As the first ship of the premium brand to cruise in the region since 2020, the 2,000-guest vessel is currently visiting a series of ports in Indonesia.

The port calls are part of a 16-night repositioning voyage that started in Australia earlier this month.

Sailing from Sydney to Singapore, the itinerary included four ports in Queensland and the Northern Territory before arriving in Indonesia.

In the Asian country, the Westerdam is set to call at Komodo Island, Lombok and Bali before arriving in Singapore on Jan. 19.

Following a routine drydock, the ship kicks off a full program in the continent in early February.

In addition to extra sailings in Southeast Asia, the schedule includes Holland America’s return to Japan, with five different itineraries in the macro region.

Highlighting the program, Japanese destinations being visited include Yokohama, Kobe/Osaka, Tokushima, Kagoshima, Shimizu, Ishigaki, Kochi and more.

The complete, three-month program in Asia, features the exploration of a total of five countries: Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

The ship will then end the Asian season in late April, with a 14-day North Pacific Crossing to Seattle – its homeport for the upcoming summer season in Alaska.

Part of Holland America’s Vista-Class, the Westerdam entered service in 2004. In line with the rest of the company’s fleet, the 82,000-ton vessel offers an array of dining, entertainment and bar venues.

Among the public areas is Explorations Café, a lounge that provides travel resources and enrichment opportunities for guests. The cruise ship also offers Billboard Onboard, where two pianists perform shows centered around facts and figures of the music industry.

Westerdam’s dining lineup includes Holland America’s signature steakhouse, the Pinnacle Grill, in addition a Italian option, the Canaletto Restaurant, and more.

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