Four Ships Leaving Holland America Line Fleet

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Holland America Line’s Maasdam is one of four ships that will be leaving the fleet.

Holland America Line's Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam will be leaving the fleet. 

The ships have been sold in pairs, with the S-Class Maasdam and Veendam transferring to an undisclosed company in AUG 2020, and the R-Class Amsterdam and Rotterdam moving to Fred Olsen Cruise Line in fall 2020. 

Holland America Line says it will cancel cruises for the four ships’ deployments, with some select itineraries being assumed by other ships in the fleet.

The 2021 Grand World Voyage aboard Amsterdam will be postponed until 2022 and will now sail aboard Zaandam. The Grand Africa Voyage departing 10OCT, 2021, aboard Rotterdam will also sail aboard Zaandam on the same dates.

Guests with bookings on future sailings of these ships will be notified of the cancellations or changes. Along with their travel advisors, guests will be advised if the cruise will operate with a different ship and provided with information and special offers for booking another Holland America Line cruise when operations resume. HAL says guests who prefer a refund will be accommodated.

Cancelled cruises will include:

  • Canada/New England and Grand Voyages on Amsterdam
  • Mexico, South Pacific, Australia and Asia itineraries on Maasdam
  • Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, South America and Hawaii sailings on Rotterdam
  • and Caribbean and Europe itineraries on Veendam. 

“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, CEO 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.”

Maasdam joined the fleet in 1993 as the second of four S-Class ships. Carrying 1,258 guests, it is the fourth HAL ship to bear the Maasdam name. 

Veendam, the final S-Class ship, was delivered in 1996. The fourth HAL ship to bear the Veendam name, the 57,092-ton vessel carries 1,350 pax. 

The first ship in the R Class, the 61,849-ton Rotterdam was introduced in 1997, able to carry 1,404 guests. It is the sixth HAL ship to be named Rotterdam. 

Amsterdam joined in 2000 as the final of four R-Class ships. Carrying 1,380 guests, it is the third in the fleet to be named Amsterdam.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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