Our Holland America Cruise Line Profile
In this episode of the CruiseTipsTV Unplugged podcast, we’re continuing our cruise line spotlight series, with an in-depth Holland America cruise line profile. In this series, we cover the history of the cruise line, exactly what our subscribers think about the line, and what the future holds. As always, you can email us your questions at email@example.com.
Holland America Line’s fleet of 11 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 470 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 128-day itineraries, the company’s cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations and exotic Australia & New Zealand and Asia voyages; three annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada & New England, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Nieuw Statendam in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship, Rotterdam, will be delivered in 2021.
What can you expect on HAL?
- A premium, but mass market cruise experience
- Smaller ship experiences
- A very high level of service
- Above average food
- Older demographic, but that doesn’t mean it’s not great for families, honeymooners, etc.
You will NOT find rowdy deck parties, lots of nightlife, or waterparks, etc.
What is happening during the pandemic with HAL?
They sold 4 ships:
On July 15, 2020 it was announced by Holland America, that MS Maasdam, MS Veendam, MS Rotterdam, MS Amsterdam were sold to two undisclosed buyers. The ships have been sold in pairs, with the Maasdam and Veendam transferring to one company in August 2020, while the Amsterdam and Rotterdam will move to another company in fall 2020. One pair will be going to a new cruise brand and the other to an existing brand. 
Holland America Line is selling the four cruise ships in pairs, Amsterdam and Rotterdam and Maasdam and Veendam.
While the buyer for the other two ships remains undisclosed, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines confirmed that it is the buyer for the line’s Amsterdam and Rotterdam ships.
Both R-Class ships, Amsterdam and Rotterdam will be given the names of Bolette and Borealis after previous Fred Olsen ships.
The purchase will bring Fred’s fleet up from four ships (Boudicca, Braemar, Balmoral and Black Watch) to six. In their new lives, Amsterdam and Rotterdam will still carry 1,380 and 1,404 guests respectively.
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