Holland America Line’s Maasdam is one of four ships that will be leaving the fleet.
Holland America Line'sAmsterdam, Maasdam, RotterdamandVeendamwill be leaving the fleet.
The ships have been sold in pairs, with the S-ClassMaasdamandVeendamtransferring to an undisclosed company in AUG 2020, and the R-ClassAmsterdamandRotterdam 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 aboardAmsterdamwill be postponed until 2022 and will now sail aboardZaandam. The Grand Africa Voyage departing 10OCT, 2021, aboardRotterdamwill also sail aboardZaandamon 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 onAmsterdam
Mexico, South Pacific, Australia and Asia itineraries onMaasdam
Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, South America and Hawaii sailings onRotterdam
and Caribbean and Europe itineraries onVeendam.
“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.”
Maasdamjoined the fleet in 1993 as the second of four S-Class ships. Carrying 1,258 guests, it is the fourth HAL ship to bear theMaasdamname.
Veendam, the final S-Class ship, was delivered in 1996. The fourth HAL ship to bear theVeendamname, the 57,092-ton vessel carries 1,350 pax.
The first ship in the R Class, the 61,849-tonRotterdamwas introduced in 1997, able to carry 1,404 guests. It is the sixth HAL ship to be namedRotterdam.
Amsterdamjoined in 2000 as the final of four R-Class ships. Carrying 1,380 guests, it is the third in the fleet to be namedAmsterdam.
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