Holland America Line raises daily gratuity

Holland America Line guests will be asked to pay $1 more per day in gratuities.

The current rates are $13.50 for standard accommodations and $15 for suites. Those figures jump to $14.50 and $16, respectively, for all sailings departing Dec. 1 and afterwards, except the 2019 Grand World Voyage and the 2019 Grand South America Antarctica Voyage.

The gratuity is automatically added to a guest’s shipboard account but can be adjusted up or down.

The rate was last adjusted 18 months ago. Prior to April 2017, it was $12.50 for standard cabins and $13.50 for suites.

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Nieuw Statendam Completes Sea Trials

Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy Wednesday, Aug. 22, after successfully completing two sets of sea trials off the coast, the company said, in a statement.

Nieuw Statendam left Marghera Aug. 10 and performed the first set of sea trials over two days before going into drydock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard, where the trial’s data was reviewed and standard hull maintenance was performed.

The ship sailed its second sea trials Aug. 18, making its way back to Marghera Aug. 22 where the finishing touches will be completed.

“The sea trials are a highly anticipated milestone for any newbuild because it takes us one step closer to delivery, and we’re thrilled that Nieuw Statendam gave a strong performance out in open water,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Nieuw Statendam and the innovations we’re introducing on board. The ship is going to have an exciting debut in early December.”

During the sea trials, Nieuw Statendam underwent a series of performance tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines. The shipyard’s team of nautical officers, naval architects and builders tested the ship’s manoeuvring characteristics and safety systems.

Acapulco drawing more cruise ships


Photo Credit Dave Jones, Acapulco Cliff Diver.

Acapulco said the number of cruise calls scheduled for 2017 is up 64% from last year.

The destination said it has 28 calls on tap for the year, up from 18 last year.

The port authority said the calls are coming from a variety of lines, including Norwegian, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Oceania, Crystal, Global Cruises, Saga and Hapag-Lloyd.

Holland America Line recently canceled eight visits to Acapulco this year because of security-related concerns. The port said it had arranged a meeting with HAL executives to “present them with ongoing security advances at the port.”

“Similarly, a meeting is scheduled with the Operations Committee of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) to deliver a firsthand report on the operation of cruise ships at the destination,” the statement said.