Holland America Sells 4 of its 14 Cruise Ships as it Navigates the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Per an article in The Points Guy, “one of the world’s most storied cruise lines is significantly shrinking in size as it manages the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Holland America announced that 4 of its 14 ships in its fleet will be sold in the coming months. The Holland America brand is part of Carnival Cruise which also operates other high profile cruise lines.

“The vessels include the line’s three oldest vessels — Maasdam, Veendam and Rotterdam. All were built in the 1990s and carry 1,258 to 1,404 passengers.

The fourth ship, the 1,380-passenger Amsterdam, was unveiled in 2000.

The company’s ships, Zaandam and Rotterdam, made news in March 2020 when the ships became initial epicenters for Covid-19 outbreaks. Multiple deaths and hundreds of infected passengers and crew showcased Holland America’s inability to manage the outbreak.

Holland America said it would cancel cruises on the schedule for the four departing ships. Some select itineraries that the vessels operate will be assumed by others in its fleet.

Holland America said passengers booked on sailings of the ships would be notified as to whether their particular sailing had been canceled or would operate with a different vessel. Passengers will have the choice of getting a refund or rebooking on another sailing.”

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