Holland America Announces Layoffs, Furloughs for All Staff

May 15, 2020 Updated: May 15, 2020

SEATTLE—Seattle-based cruise line Holland America said on May 14 it will lay off, furlough, or reduce the hours or pay of all of its employees based on shore because of the ongoing CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreak.

The Seattle Times reports that nearly 2,000 people will be laid off.

Zaandam cruise ship
Rescue workers transport a patient from the Zaandam of the Holland America Line cruise ship, affected with COVID-19 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on April 2, 2020. (Joe Skipper/Reuters)

Most of Holland America’s land-bound staff work in Seattle and Santa Clarita, California.

The company says a no-sail order from federal health officials means the company is not generating revenue. The cruise line canceled all of its voyages out of Seattle last week.

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.