The ships have been sold in pairs, with the S-Class Maasdam and Veendam transferring to one company in August of this year, 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 October 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, CEO, 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."