Holland America Line cruise ship crew disembarks in Honolulu

Holland America Line cruise ship Westerdam (IMO 9226891) arrived in Honolulu last week and disembarked its roughly 800 crew. There were no passengers on board the vessel which left Manila in the Philippines on March 2nd

Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara said that “none of the previous passengers or crew have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus”.

It is unclear how many crew members were aboard the ship.

Prior to disembarkation the Westerdam crew had not left the ship since February 26th.

The Westerdam left Hong Kong on February 1st and then found itself rejected by several countries and ports before being allowed to disembark its passengers in Cambodia on February 14th.

Holland America Line said that there were now “no confirmed reports of any Covid-19 cases associated with the vessel”.

Meanwhile another Holland America Line vessel, the Maasdam (IMO 8919257) was expected to arrive in Hawaiian waters last Friday, March 20th. Ship officials are required to report any symptomatic passengers before arriving in Hawaiian waters. The Coast Guard will monitor the vessel via her local agent prior to her arrival, probably in Honolulu Harbour.

The Department of Transport said that “to date, there have been no positive cases of Covid-19 associated with the ship”.

Holland America has provided an update on MS Amsterdam, which was last reported as sailing for Fremantle, Australia. “We are fully aware and understand that some of our guests have concerns about air travel from Australia relative to their age and individual health situations,” Holland America Line said, adding that “our senior medical team both onboard and at our headquarters are fully engaged in reviewing the circumstances of the very small number of guests that may require special assistance with their travel planning, in alignment with the International Transport Association (IATA) fitness standards for air travel”.

Although several Amsterdam passengers asked that they be allowed to sail back to Fort Lauderdale, Holland America Line said that this would not be possible, as the ship’s return path was emote and countries and islands along the way were not currently accepting cruise ships. The journey was estimated to take at least 30 days and would likely encounter additional challenges along the way with provisioning. Medical capabilities on the ship were limited and were primarily for stabilizing patients before getting them to the nearest shoreside medical facility for evaluation and treatment. “In today’s environment we cannot be assured that we would have the ability to do this or be able to access medical support and life-saving services along the remote route”, said Holland America Line.

2004-built, Netherlands-flagged, 82,862 gt Westerdam is owned by Hal Antillen NV care of manager Holland America Line NV of Seattle, Washington, USA. It is entered with UK Club and Steamship Mutual.

2000-built, Netherlands-flagged, 62,735 gt Amsterdam is owned by HAL Antillen NV care of manager Holland America Line NV of Seattle, Washington state. It is entered with UK Club and Steamship Mutual.

1993-built, Netherlands-flagged, 55,575 gt Maasdam is owned by HAL Nederland NV care of manager Holland America Line of Seattle, Washington state. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.