Holland America cruise line is saying goodbye to its only small ship, the 835-passenger Prinsendam. Holland America sold the ship and it will be put into service with a German cruise company. The Prinsendam is scheduled to sail away from the Holland America fleet, July 1st, 2019.
The Prinsendam is thirty percent smaller than any other vessel in the Holland America fleet at thirty-seven some tons. And it has been the only ship in their fleet that could carry less than a thousand voyagers. In fact, many of their ships carry two thousand plus people.
Among Holland America travelers, the Prinsendam has something of a cult following as its small size allows it to take some unusual itineraries. The Prinsendam previously sailed under other cruise companies and didn’t join the Holland America fleet until 2002.
The Prinsendam leaves the fleet as Holland America prepares to christen one of its largest ships yet, the 2,666-voyager Nieuw Statendam. Still under construction in an Italian shipyard, the Statendam will be ready in December.