Holland America Line has released an update on its repatriation plan to get crew members back to their homes. Holland America said that, due to country closures, port closure and travel restrictions the process has evolved into a challenging and complex programme.
It said that all non-working Canada and US crew members had now returned home, and that many Asian, African, European, Central and South American crew members had also been repatriated.
Holland America is using cruise ships and chartered flights to get the remaining crew back to their home cities.
Holland America Line ships that have completed repatriation efforts or are repatriating crew members are currently located as follows:
Westerdam will continue onto Indonesia.
Maasdam, Noordam, Eurodam and Amsterdam are in the Manila Bay area in the Philippines.
Nieuw Amsterdam, Volendam, Rotterdam, Zuiderdam and Veendam are transiting to Asia via ports in Southern Africa.
Americas and the Caribbean:
Koningsdam is at anchor at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Efforts are currently underway to get crew members home.
Oosterdam is at anchor at La Paz, Mexico, in minimum operating manning. It will move closer to Panama soon.
Zaandam and Nieuw Statendam have brought several crew home to Europe. She is at anchor in Scheveningen, Netherlands, under minimum operating manning.
Holland America expects the majority of crew repatriation to be completed by the middle of June. A small group of paid staff will stay on each ship to maintain essential operations.