Ships sold in pairs to different sources
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Carnival Corporation’s cleaning house. The world’s largest cruise operator is getting rid of several ships. A baker’s dozen, actually. That’s 13. The latest departures are a pair of ships from the Holland America fleet.
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is now the proud owner of HAL’s Amsterdam and Rotterdam while the buyer of Maasdam and Veendam remains a mystery. The addition of the two Holland America Line ships increases Olsen’s fleet to seven ships. The two ships are the largest of them all. The sale finalizes in August 2020.
The company announced that Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam are being transferring to undisclosed buyers.
The S-Class Maasdam and Veendam heads to one company in August 2020. And the R-Class Amsterdam and Rotterdam move to another buyer in fall 2020.
Cruises cancelled on all four ships
Holland America Line is obviously cancelling cruises on each of the four ships. Some select itineraries will go to other ships in the fleet. The 2021 Grand World Voyage aboard Amsterdam now takes place in 2022 on Zaandam. The Grand Africa Voyage departing Oct. 10, 2021, aboard Rotterdam will also sail aboard Zaandam on the same dates.
“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.”
The 1,258-passenger Maasdam joined HAL in 1993 as the second of four S-Class ships. She’s the fourth HollandAmerica Line ship to bear the Maasdam name.
Veendam, the final S-Class ship, arrived in 1996. The fourth Holland America Line ship to bear the name Veendam, the 57,092-ton vessel carries 1,350 guests.
Next arrival, was the first ship in the R Class, the 61,849-ton Rotterdamin in 1997. Carrying 1,404 guests, she is the sixth Holland America Line ship to be named Rotterdam.
Amsterdam joined the fleet in 2000 as the final of four R-Class ships. Then came the 1,380-passenger Amsterdam, the third Holland America Line ship with that name.
Cancellations and refunds
If you’re holding tickets on any of these cruises refunds or rebookings are available. Check with HAL or your booking agent.
Itineraries effected by these sails include scheduled Canada/New England and Grand Voyages on Amsterdam. Other cancellations involve Mexico, South Pacific, Australia and Asia itineraries on Maasdam. Also scrapped are the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, South America and Hawaii sailings on Rotterdam. And Veendam’s Caribbean and Europe itineraries.
For more information about Holland America Line, consult a Pavlus travel advisor.