SHIPS OF HOLLAND-AMERICA LINE :
In mid-2016 the fleet consisted of 14 vessels. All ships fly the Dutch flag with home port Rotterdam.
Entered service: 1959 - Tonnage: 38.645 - Passengers on basis 2:
1050. It was the last passengership built in the Netherlands for that time Dutch
HAL. After it was out of service by the HAL. The ship was sold to Premier
Cruises and renamed "Rembrandt" in
1997. After the collapse of Premier Cruises in 2000 she was laid - up in
Freeport. The Rotterdam foundation bought the ship. After an intensive
renovation in Gibraltar and Poland she was back to her original state and ready
to return to her birthplace Rotterdam.
On aug. 4-2008 ran the ship under overwhelming interest within the port of Rotterdam her hometown. See: GLORIOUS RETURN Fortunately remained a piece of maritime history. It has a permanent mooring in Rotterdam. She is in use as a hotel - conference room and there are guided tours available.
mv. "ROTTERDAM -VI"
This is the
6th Rotterdam build in 1997 and renovated in 2009
Aft decks have been extended to place more cabins. By this renovation makes the
ship not nicer externally but also internally by removing of the aft pool.
Nearly sistership Amsterdam is spared of this conversion.
As a tribute to the previous Rotterdam V both ships have two funnels.
The former Statendam-class. The first newbuild
order after take-over by Carnival. Consist of:
Statendam, Maasdam, Ryndam and Veendam.
In 2014 the Statendam and Ryndam sold to P&O - Australia. Sail now as Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.
The Veendam is in 2009 in the framework of the Signature of Excellence also rebuilt and looks not nice with the new aftship. In January 2006 she was the last HAL ship that is placed under the Dutch flag.
Veendam after 2009 conversion.
The only ship to date of the Statendam class in its original state the Maasdam.
To the R-
class belong next to Rotterdam and Amsterdam also the Volendam and Zaandam which
are quite different from the two aforementioned.
Real Sister ships, "Volendam" ( 1999-60.906 bt.) and "Zaandam" ( 2000-61.396 bt.) Both accommodate 1440 passengers.
A maverick is the "Prinsendam" acquired in 2002 from Seabourn Cruises as Seabourn Sun and renamed the Prinsendam. This ship was converted in 2009 and has not become nicer on it. Conversion of the HAL vessels have been made for carrying more passengers only.
In the years
2002 - 2006, four ships from Vista -class added to the fleet. At
that time the largest ships ever built for HAL. The first in the serie was
the "Zuiderdam" the others the
"Oosterdam" - "Westerdam" and
the Noordam " as last.
Tonnage is approximately 82,000 tonnes. The vessels have been converted in the course of the years to add an extra 35 cabins. For this, the aft decks are extended. Passengers number increase to 1918 pax.
On Sunday morning, June 29, 2008
arrived the "Eurodam",coming from
Southampton, amid great public interest for the first time in her homeport
Rotterdam.The ship was on June 16 officially hand-over by the Italian shipyard
Fincantieri. The "Eurodam" is an upgraded Vista -class which is referred to as
was performed by Queen
Beatrix on July 1. Because of the 135th anniversary of the HAL various
festivities are organized.
In 2010, followed by sister ship "Nieuw Amsterdam." Naming ceremony was performed by Princess Maxima.
It would take
until 2016 before a new ship will added to the fleet. The
"Koningsdam" a Pinnacle - class ship of
99.836 tons suitable for 3152 passengers to use all beds. The HAL largest ever
was performed by Queen Maxima
in Rotterdam on May 20.
In 2018, a sister ship "Nieuw Statendam" will be delivered.
After delivery the fleet consists of 15 vessels again.
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