After carefully reviewing all of its options, Holland America Line announced today that it will delay the March 13th departure of Ryndam from San Diego and shorten the cruise by two nights. Ryndam has experienced three sailings with Norovirus outbreaks and has been monitored by the CDC for the past several weeks.
Although earlier in the week the cruise line had anticipated sailing as scheduled -- the current sailing has only 2.6 percent of its passengers and crew reporting illness, not unusual for any cruise -- Holland America Line has decided to spend two days thoroughly cleaning the ship, solely as a precautionary measure. Ryndam will now leave San Diego on Thursday, March 15.
There will be 600 crew and 60 contracted specialists working around the clock to "super-sanitize" Ryndam. Guests boarding on March 15th will find themselves aboard "the cleanest ship at sea," according to a statement from Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer of Holland America Line.
Booked guests will be offered a two-day refund and onboard credits if they choose to take the shortened voyage, or they may change or cancel for a full refund. Airline change fees will also be covered by Holland America Line.
The new itinerary includes Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Topolobampo and Cabo San Lucas. Port stops at Loreto and Pichilingue were canceled.
--by Jana Jones, Cruise Critic Contributor