Due to increasing tension in the Middle East, especially along the eastern Mediterranean shores, Holland America Line has cancelled the Israeli city calls for the Noordam’s current voyage.
Holland America Line cites a potential war/attack breaking out between Syria and Israel if planned US military strikes on Syria are given the go ahead. Holland America Line has substituted the two cancelled ports, Haifa (Tel Aviv, Nazareth) and Ashdod (Jerusalem), with three new ports of call, Bodrum, Turkey; Antalya, Turkey; and Nafplion, Greece.
Holland America Line will be compensating each guest with a future cruise credit equal to 15% of their base cruise fare paid. Shore excursions purchased through Holland America Line for the cancelled ports of call will be refunded, and government fees and taxes will be adjusted accordingly.
Holland America Line states that guest safety is always their foremost priority and that cancelling the Israeli ports is the safest option at this time.