The transition will take place in November 2015 following Statendam’s Alaska season and Ryndam’s Europe season. This will be shortly followed by the launch of Holland America Line’s new 99,500-ton Pinnacle-class ship in February 2016. The capacity of the new vessel at 2,648 guests will exceed the capacity leaving the fleet with the transfer of Statendam and Ryndam to P&O Cruises.
Until the transfer of the two ships in November 2015, Holland America Line is fully committed to delivering the same award-winning standards of excellence on both of these ships that our guests have come to expect. And it is our intention that anyone who wishes to remain with Holland America Line or join the P&O Cruises fleet will be given the opportunity to do so.
This move will help strengthen both Holland America Line and P&O Cruises and allow each to reach new potential going forward as leading cruise lines. As both brands are part of Carnival Corporation, this move leverages the Corporation’s ability to work collaboratively across brands and make the best strategic deployment decisions.
By adding Ryndam and Statendam, P&O Cruises will establish Australia’s largest year-round fleet and be well-positioned to continue meeting Australians’ surging demand for cruise vacations. Holland America Line is poised for continued success with the new Pinnacle-class ship.