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Holland America selling four cruise ships during ongoing COVID-19 crisis

PortandTerminal.com, July 16, 2020

SEATTLE – Holland America announced yesterday that it would be selling four of its cruise ships as the ongoing cruising halt cripples the industry. The company said that the Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam would be leaving the fleet in 2020 and that the four vessels had been sold in pairs.

Today it was announced that Holland America Line’s Amsterdam and Rotterdam will be joining Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet as Bolette and Borealis, respectively.

No word yet where the other two ships are headed.

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.”

Holland America’s announcement follows closely on Carnival Corp’s recent announcement that it now plans to sell 13 of its own ships.

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