Holland America cruise ship leaves San Diego for first time in 19 months – NBC 7 San Diego
“I’m excited, I mean we’re back,” said passenger Jeff Farschman.
The cruise ship, which is expected to have an occupancy rate of around 60%, received a warm welcome from staff and a ribbon cut ahead of its departure on Sunday.
Holland America staff assured people that they have safety measures in place in the new COVID-19 reality.
“There are layers of safety on board ships. It really starts before the guests even board the ship, the required vaccination tests two days before the cruise, and then on board we have a series of protocols and procedures, ”said Holland America Line President, Gustavo Antoracha.
In fact, the same ship brought the ship’s crew to San Diego to receive the Covid vaccines in May provided by Sharp HealthCare.
According to Sharp, 450 crew members were vaccinated.
The return of cruises operating at the Port of San Diego means an economic boost for the city of San Diego.
“There is, you know, a very direct economic impact on the community here. Each call represents approximately $ 400,000 in direct expenses with our more than 30 calls this season. You know, that’s over $ 35 million in spending that you know the community receives from us, San Diego back home, ”Antoracha said.
Holland America Line and industry experts believe the demand for vacation cruises will increase over time.