Pacific Storm Reroutes, Delays Cruise Ships

October 1, 2013
(8:38 p.m. EDT) -- Three Holland America Line cruise ships and one Norwegian Cruise Line ship were forced to reroute or remain in port after a strong Pacific storm tore through the Pacific Northwest on Sunday.

Westerdam and Statendam overnighted Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, while Oosterdam remained in Seattle. All ships departed Monday at noon but are behind schedule.

Oosterdam will arrive in Los Angeles on October 3 instead of the 2nd as scheduled. Passengers waiting to board the ship in Los Angeles will be put up in hotels overnight. The ship will then depart on a 23-night South Pacific crossing. No passengers are scheduled to disembark in Los Angeles.

Statendam's scheduled San Francisco port visit October 2 has been canceled and the ship is proceeding directly to San Diego for its scheduled arrival October 4. Holland America will assist passengers who were planning on embarking or disembarking in San Francisco with their travel arrangements.

The port visit to Astoria, Oregon scheduled for September 30 by Westerdam was canceled and the ship will arrive in Los Angeles a day late for a half-day visit, before arriving in San Diego as scheduled October 5.

Norwegian Pearl also canceled its scheduled call in Astoria, Oregon yesterday. The $10 Astoria port tax was credited back to all passenger accounts.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor