Following the lead of its parent company Carnival Cruise Line, which announced the sale of 13 cruise ships last week, Holland America has recently announced that it will sell multiple ships as well.
CruiseIndustryNews.com reports that Holland America will sell the Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam.
In a statement Stein Kruse, CEO of both Holland America Group and Carnival UK, said that while it is always difficult to retire any ship from the company's fleet, "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.”
Holland America is set to retire the ships from service in August and October 2020. As a result of the sales, Holland America will cancel certain itineraries. Affected travelers will have the option to either transfer their vacations to another ship or receive a refund.
Though it is not currently clear what will be the fate of the ships, there's some indication that at least two of them will be put into service by another cruise line.
Holland America is a subsidiary of Carnival Cruise Line, the world's largest cruise company.