World Cup Charter Cancelled

May 17, 2010

World Cup
(7:07 p.m. EDT) -- One of two World Cup charters planned by Germany's Moltke Promotion has been cancelled after the company said that demand for the sailings has not been as great as was originally anticipated. As a result, Moltke has scrapped its One Ocean Club voyages between Europe and South America and has asked Holland America Line to change its plans for Noordam -- one of two ships (along with Westerdam) that were to be used for the sailings.

According to a statement from HAL, Werner von Moltke, managing director of Moltke Promotion, says that, although demand for the cruises has been positive, there just weren't enough cabins sold to warrant a second charter. Representatives from Moltke Production were not immediately available for comment.

Again, Westerdam will still sail its scheduled voyages to and from South Africa as planned and will operate in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth between 13 June and 10 July; in the meantime, Noordam will stay in Europe and be put into an early dry dock, which was initially slated for January 2011. Following dry dock, the ship will again be chartered by Moltke Promotion for a lengthy voyage from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean. Both ships will resume their regular HAL sailings on 26 July with Noordam departing from Barcelona and Westerdam sailing out of Rotterdam.

All passengers on the affected sailing will be refunded in full by Moltke Production.

This is the second global sporting event charter to be canceled in less than four months. In February, plans to base NCL's Norwegian Star in Vancouver as a floating hotel for the 2010 Winter Olympics were axed due to a lack of interest.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor