Holland America Line to Sell 4 Ships From Their Fleet
July 24, 2020
Holland America Line has announced it’s plans to sell 4 ships from it’s fleet of 14. The ships have been sold in pairs; Maasdam & Veendam both S-class Ships are being transferred to their unnamed new owner in August 2020 whilst R-class; Amsterdam & Rotterdam have been sold to British based cruise line, Fred Olsen Cruises and will move in Autumn 2020.
Holland America Line have cancelled the cruises scheduled to deploy on each of the 4 ships, although other ships within the fleet are due to assume some of the more popular itineraries. Amsterdam was due to sail a Grand World Voyage in 2021, this will now be postponed until 2022 and sailed on Zaandam.
Although Holland America Line is selling 4 ships they will be welcoming a new pinnacle class ship due for delivery to the fleet next year.
“It’s always difficult to see any ship leave the fleet, especially those that have a long and storied history with our company,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of Holland America Group and Carnival UK. “However, Holland America Line has a bright future ahead that includes recent Pinnacle-Class additions, with a third sister ship next year that will continue to maintain our overall capacity in the marketplace.”
“I recognize and appreciate the deep affection our guests have toward our company and the ships in our fleet,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “While streamlined, our diverse fleet continues to offer exceptional options for cruisers looking for a mid-sized ship experience to destinations all around the world. I look forward to carrying on those beloved shipboard offerings while cultivating new ideas to bring to our guests.”
As the second of four S-class ships, Maasdam Join the fleet in 1993. Carrying 1258 passengers. Maasdam most recently sailed the EXC in -depth voyages. Veendam was the last s-class ship to join the fleet in 1996, she carries 1350 passengers and most recently sailed in the Caribbean, The Med, Norway & The Baltics.
As the first of four R-class ships, Rotterdam joined the fleet in 1997. Carrying 1405 passengers. She sailed the Panama Canal, Norway, The Baltics & Caribbean. Amsterdam was the final of the four R-class ships to join the fleet in 2000 carrying 1380 passengers she sailed the line’s Grand World Voyage & Canada/New England Itineraries.
I hope anyone booked on the ships will find a wonderful alternative so they can still enjoy the incredible destinations Holland America Line sail to.
The Cruise Queen x