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March 6, 2021

Holland America Line's Zuiderdam is departing at 9 tonight, headed out to sea after a call at the Port of Los Angeles.

Westerdam is scheduled to make an interharbor move from its anchorage to Berth 92 in Los Angeles at 6 tomorrow morning. No departure is yet on the schedule.

Ruby Princess will arrive Monday morning around 7 and is scheduled to sail around 5 p.m.

March 3, 2021

Majestic Princess is tentatively scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles Friday morning at 8. It is set to be at Berth 93a. No word yet on its departure.

February 24, 2021

Emerald Princess is tentatively expected to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles tomorrow morning at 8. Not known which berth it will occupy and no departure yet projected.

February 19, 2021

Holland America Line's Koningsdam is projected to arrive Saturday morning at 8 and be at Berth 93A. No departure yet set. 

February 17, 2021

Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam is scheduled to arrive in the Port of Los Angeles from an anchorage Friday at midnight. It will be at Berth 93a. Departure is not yet on the schedule.

Update: Nieuw Amsterdam is now scheduled to arrive Thursday morning at 6 and will be at Berth 92. Still no schedule for departure.

Also, Emerald Princess is scheduled to arrive Friday at 6 a.m. and to be at Berth 93A. Its departure is shown for both 5 and 6 that evening. Update: Now confirmed for 4 p.m. departure.

It's being reported by that Astoria, which was originally the Stockholm and is currently the world's oldest large passenger ship, is for sale for $10 million.

Astoria began sailing in 1948 as a transatlantic liner under the name Stockholm and was the smallest of the liners across the ocean. It was rebuilt into a cruise ship in 1993. Its most recent North American sailings had been in the Sea of Cortez.

But Stockholm gained infamy on July 25, 1956 when it was headed eastbound and collided with the Italian liner Andrea Doria, sinking the Italian vessel. In all, 51 people died on the Andrea Doria.

You can find more information about the Andrea Doria and its collision with the Stockholm at this site.

February 14, 2021

Holland America Line's Noordam is scheduled to pick up its port pilot on arrival tomorrow morning at 5:30. It will be at Berth 93a and is scheduled to depart at 5 tomorrow afternoon. 

February 7, 2021

Cruise ships around the Los Angeles-Long Beach harbor areas that you might see offshore are Carnival Miracle the Long Beach Cruise Terminal and Ruby Princess and Royal Princess inside the Long Beach breakwater. NatGeo Orion is outside the breakwater approximately parallel with Huntington Harbour. 

February 5, 2021

Westerdam to Call in Los Angeles Sunday, February 7

Holland America Line's Westerdam is scheduled to be at the Port of Los Angeles on Sunday, February 7. This is not, of course, a passenger call because cruises are still not permitted under COVID-19 safety rules; the cruise ships are calling from time to time to resupply and to comply with health regulations in advance of the resumption of sailings.

No Alaska Cruise Season This Year

There will be no cruises from the U.S. to Alaska this year after Canada's Ministry of Transport banned cruise ships in Canadian waters until February 28, 2020. The U.S. Jones Act requires foreign-flagged ships, which virtually all major cruise ships are, to make a call in a foreign port between U.S. ports that begin and end a cruise. In the Alaska region, the only foreign port options are Canadian. Read more about it at this link.

Below the Surface

Your cruise ship crew members have lives beyond their ships. Many have great accomplishments ashore. This is a sad but informative story about a man working in a ship's laundry, but who was also a poet and author. Click here for the story of I Komang Alit Juliartha from Bali, Indonesia.

Something Fun

Examples of the towel art created by cabin stewards. I'm Starting To Think We Need A Towel Art Museum - 18 Pics