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Four Ships to Leave the Holland America Line Fleet in 2020

Holland America Line announced that Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam will be leaving the fleet and transferring to undisclosed buyers. The ships have been sold in pairs, with the S-Class Maasdam and Veendam transferring to one company in August 2020, while the R-Class Amsterdam and Rotterdam will move to another company in fall 2020.

Holland America Line 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 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.”

Maasdam joined the fleet in 1993 as the second of four S-Class ships. Carrying 1,258 guests, it is the fourth Holland America Line ship to bear the Maasdam name. Most recently, the 55,575-ton ship sailed longer South Pacific and Alaska voyages. Veendam, the final S-Class ship, was delivered in 1996. The fourth Holland America Line ship to bear the name Veendam, the 57,092-ton vessel carries 1,350 guests.

The first ship in the R Class, 61,849-ton Rotterdam was introduced in 1997. Carrying 1,404 guests, it 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. Carrying 1,380 guests, it is the third Holland America Line ship to be named Amsterdam. Most recently, the 62,735-ton ship operated the line’s Grand World Voyage.

Guests with bookings on future sailings of these ships will be notified that these cruises will be cancelled or changed. Along with their travel advisors, guests will receive information if the cruise will operate with a different ship or information and special offers on how to book another Holland America Line cruise when operations resume. Guests who prefer a refund will be accommodated.

Cancelled cruises will include scheduled 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.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam joined the fleet in 2000 as the final of four R-Class ships. Carrying 1,380 guests, it is the third Holland America Line ship to be named Amsterdam. Most recently, the 62,735-ton ship operated the line’s Grand World Voyage, additional Grand Voyages and Canada/New England itineraries.

Maasdam

Maasdam joined the fleet in 1993 as the second of four S-Class ships. Carrying 1,258 guests, it is the fourth Holland America Line ship to bear the Maasdam name. Most recently, the 55,575-ton ship operated the line’s EXC In-Depth Voyages.

rotterdam

The first ship in the R Class, Rotterdam was introduced in 1997. Carrying 1,404 guests, it is the sixth Holland America Line ship to be named Rotterdam. The 61,849-ton ship has been sailing Panama Canal, Caribbean, Norway, Baltic and British Isles itineraries.

Exterior Veendam leaving San DiegoVeendam - Holland America Line

Veendam, the final S-Class ship, was delivered in 1996. The fourth Holland America Line ship to bear the name Veendam, the vessel carries 1,350 guests. The 57,092-ton ship operated the line’s Caribbean and longer European itineraries, including British Isles, Baltic, Norway and Mediterranean.

163 Comments
  • Bernice Steinman

    So sad. So many lovely memories of the World Cruise on the Amsyand many others on the Rotterdam. I hope you are going to keep a few smaller ships.

  • Maureen Meier

    Have worked on all these ships.
    Will miss working them
    Sailed to AK on AMDM last summer

  • A Butler

    guess I’ll find a line with nicer smaller ships like these Holland is loosing it’s class completely the new ships are way too big no character and your entertainment is in the basement …..

  • Judy Wentzel

    It makes me so sad to see the smaller ships leaving HAL. These are the size ships that we have always sailed on. First you took away of favorite ship the Prinsendam now this. We love HAL and have sailed over 30 times. I hope we will be able to sail with you again.

  • Michael David Swanson

    I am sad to see the “old” ships depart the HAL fleet. However, I understand the economics of the business and the difficult time 2020 has presented the cruise industry. I have many memories from sailing aboard the Amsterdam and Maasdam. However, I was not privileged to sail on the Rotterdam or the Veendam. I look forward to a renewal of cruising in a safe and healthy environment. HAL is still my favorite cruise line.

  • Blanchie

    It is so sad these ships are leaving the HAL fleet. Great memories I have on each one of them. A Mediterranean Cruise-on the Amsterdam which was amazing. 5 Cruises on the MA. Best time working the Inaugural’s for the VE and the RO. That atrium on the RO the art work it’s just a classy and beautiful ship. I will miss them all and they will have a special memory in my heart. Kudos to their Captains and all the crew that has worked on them and have always been the most respectable crew. I Love HAL and I wish the best to all.
    ❤️❤️❤️

  • Joseph Bryant

    We have a cruise to Alaska in August 2021 on one of these ships Can I get a status update please
    Thank you

  • Clifford Dye

    I hope you will be able to find another ship to sail the Veendam June 19 – July 26, 2001 wonderful itinerary.

  • Graham

    So sad – love the small ships. The writing has been on the wall for the 2020 Pacific crossing for quite a while. Probably gone now.

  • J.D.

    I have been on the Veendam twice. Once to the Caribbean and once to Alaska. I was a great and classy ship with great service and food. I will miss her.

  • Jerry R Bongiorno

    You will lose a lot of customers by moving away from these medium size ships to bigger ones! Cattle boats are NOT conducive to a good and relaxing cruise!

  • J.D. McFarlan

    I have been on the Veendam twice. Once to the Caribbean and once to Alaska. I was a great and classy ship with great service and food. I will miss her. I also sailed on the Maasdam once from Montreal up the St. Laurance Seaway back down to New England into NYC and then to Norfolk for 14 day cruise. It was probably one of the best cruises we have ever been on.

  • Veronica B

    We spent a lovely 6 weeks crossing from Sydney to San Diego aboard the Maasdam. While I am sad to see her go, I am excited by the prospect of newer updated ships maintaining the luxury standard we’ve come to expect from Holland America… 4 Star Member…

  • Jay Martin

    Will the Maasdam itinerary thru Papau New Guinea ?? be picked up by another of your ships in whole or part? It was a unique itinerary.

    Jay

  • Toya Horn Howard

    The Amsterdam has for the last several winter seasons been my home away from home. I will truly miss her. It’s like losing a family member. 🙁

  • Annette Hilton

    So…so…….sad.

  • Iris Seton-Harris

    Will miss the Rotterdam. Have wonderful memories of sailing on it and not being subjected to rowdy passengers. Loved the entertainment and classy atmosphere. The food was delicious. We also to the Panama Canal Holland America. I am not interested in sailing with any other line.

  • David Heuvelmans

    So disappointing

  • Dorise LeCates

    DISAPPOINTED! Not only has HAL been our cruise line of choice, but the majority of our sailing has been on the Amsterdam (Grand World Voyage 2007), Rotterdam, Maasdam (and the Prinsedam). We love the smaller ships!

  • Leo russon

    I used to work on the old ryndam

  • MaryAnn Mastrocco

    Soo sorry to see the Maasdam go we were aboard in 1994 our first cruise to Alaska. The ship was more then elegant it was amazing. Been on many other holland America ships but the Maasdam will always be remembered as the best

  • Robert Hesse

    Unfortunate. At least for me Rotterdam and Massdam are your two best ships

  • R Bruce Cooper

    Veendam – Panama Canal repositioning – 1999
    Rotterdam – Baltic – 2000
    Amsterdam – trans-Atlantic – 2002
    Maasdam – New England foliage – 2011

    All beautiful ships

  • Diane Borynack

    I’m so sad, while I understand that times are changing fast and Halland American has to change for the benefit of the whole company, I truly will miss the smaller ships.
    Diane and Nick Borynack (long time sailors)

  • GregoryHall

    Very sad to see Veendam leave the fleet. She and
    Maasdam were able to get into smaller ports,
    much the same as Prinsendam. What’s replacing
    these small, guest friendly vessels?

  • Dan Caster

    Sorry to see them go, have been aboard the Amsterdam and Rotterdam on wonderful cruises, as they are small enough to allow good friendships to develop. Huge ships of other lines, are like taking the bus rather than an SUV or a station wagon. You don’t get to establish any relationships, just sit around and look at one another, instead of engaging someone in conversation.

    Keep the smaller ships!

  • Joan

    Have cruised with HA many time, many different places. Baltic’s, Australia and New Zealand. New England, Bermuda, Canada, Alaska. Mediterranean. Really disappointed on our last cruise that all the nice things we enjoyed had been changed. Allegro, piano bar, etc. dualing pianos not a good substitute, alternating with the loud music. We have already Planned different cruising and probably won’t return. But the crew was great always!

  • Kendra page

    we have 3 cruises booked on Veendam but received cancellation notice for just one. How do I know if the others have been reassigned to other ships?

  • Katherine Drew

    This makes me very, very sad. I’ve enjoyed wonderful cruises on the Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam. All are beautiful ships with character, charm and grace. I vastly prefer the smaller ships to the larger ships, which simply do not offer the same experience or ambiance.

  • Beryl Cusic

    I was lucky enough to cruise to Alaska on the Amsterdam a few years ago ( more like 10). Beautiful vessel.

  • Wayne Reardon

    Sailed on them all. Three times on Amsterdam. Last cruise was Christmas/New Year 2019/20 through the Panama Canal aboard Rotterdam. My two favourite HAL ships are Noordam (three cruises) and of course Amsterdam. They will be missed.

  • Patrick Marsh

    Very sad to see these ships depart the fleet particularly Maasdam.

  • Dee La Garde

    I will be so sorry to see the Amsterdam and Rotterdam go. We cruised 2 Grand World cruise on the Amsterdam and fell in “love” with her grandness. Our last cruise was on the Rotterdam and the crew spoiled me when I unfortunately broke my shoulder in Amsterdam. I was in a number “10” pain but they were terrific!!! Love the crews! Hope they all sail with me again!!!!!

  • ESTEFANIA MILLS

    Will miss them IMMENSELY.

  • Kathleen Ray

    We have been on HAL for over 700 days. Many of those cruises were on smaller ships. However after being on the Koningsdam we really enjoyed the larger ship. I think it will be a nice change with newer bigger ships.

  • Anthony M. Zola

    Very sad to see the Amsterdam leave the fleet. I had several cruises on this ship as a lecturer for the Road Scholar groups during the World Academy / Grand World Voyage. I shall miss many people on the staff who became friends. May the Amsterdam and her excellent staff be successfully re-launched and sail again. Thank you for the memories.

  • ANN ARSCOTT

    you just don’t get it……the reason so many of your customers are loyal…small ships, class not noise, destinations with longer hours, the exc program on Maasdam…guess the glitz of the floating circus is a lot more financially rewarding…(guess I don’t get it)…

  • Barbara Peckinpaugh

    What a sadness as I sailed most if not all those ships. And my least favorite cruise was on the Koningsdam, too large and no outside good walking and sitting deck. Carnival is destroying HAL !

  • Beverley May

    So sad to see these smaller ships go – they could get into ports that others couldnt. So hope HAL dont just go to the bigger cruise ships as the reason I cruise with HAL is the size of their ships – Hate the the thought of the huge ones of the other cruise lines with too many people on board

  • Petra Burchell

    Kind of takes away the reason for sailing on Holland America. With only big ships left, we will not be that interested in sailing with your company anymore. We really enjoyed the smaller ships. Now you are the same as everyone else.

  • Ken Brown

    Sailing next spring to Mexico will save.

  • Sinta

    SUCH A PITY.
    I WILL MISS THEM.

  • Jane Norman

    That’s very sad as sailing on the smaller ships is a lovely experience. I hope to sail again when the world calms down.

  • Charles Hobbs

    Will be glad when we can get back to cruising. Am getting old , don’t have much time left to cruise.

  • Mary Dygert

    I am truly sad to see the Maasdam go, She was our first cruise on her maiden voyage to Alaska. We have a cruise scheduled March 28 for 12 days on her. I received notice today that she has been sold and our cruise has been canceled. We were looking forward to being once again on our first cruise ship.??

  • FRED SILHANEK

    3 Star Mariner
    Have not sailed on any of the 4 departing ships. I have sailed Konigsdam and Nieuw Statendam – not impressed with either. No longer is there a true Promenade Deck with deck chairs and a wide, walkable deck. Another peeve I have is the cocktail policy – you should be able to run a tab and then tip when closing – 15% on every drink is highway robbery!

  • Ian McFarlane

    I enjoyed several contracts as Piano Bar Entertainer on the MAASDAM (Crew No. 43449) and was with H.A.L for seven years from 2003. I loved being on the MAASDAM as with the other ships I performed on including the Vista Class & R class ships. I will always treasure my memories with Holland America. Ian McFarlane.

  • JILL COOK

    A sad day for HAL, the crew and the Mariners. I am thankful that we were able to enjoy 2 wonderful cruises aboard Maasdam last August from Yokohama to Sydney and from Sydney to Auckland in January. I was wondering what happens to all the magnificient art and antiques aboard these ships? Are they stored for display on future HAL ships, I certainly hope so, would hate to see them disappear.
    Thank you.

  • Guy dittnar

    These ships were the best in the fleet. Sorry to see them go. I love the smaller ships better then the larger signature and pinnacle class ships.

  • Adam Zabinski

    Fewer ships means fewer choices and fewer itineraries. How long before increase in ship size and decrease in amenities makes HA indistinguishable from Carnival.

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