July 2, 2018
(12:40 p.m. EDT) -- Holland America Line's smallest ship, 835-passenger Prinsendam, has been sold to German cruise company Phoenix Reisen and left the HAL fleet on July 1, 2018. However, the ship is being chartered back to Holland America to continue sailing its planned voyages through July 1, 2019.
Prinsendam's itineraries from July 1, 2019 onward are scheduled to be assimilated by Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam.
"Prinsendam has proudly served our guests since 2002, and we share in the fondness that many of our loyal cruisers have for this special ship," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America. "As we look to the future and focus on delivering the programming and innovations that our guests are asking for, we remain focused on exceeding guest expectations on every cruise and will continue to offer the unique itineraries that Prinsendam sailed on our other, smaller ships."
Prinsendam was built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line; it was operated by Cunard Line from 1994 through 1998 and then transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line, where it became Seabourn Sun in 1999. In 2002, the ship joined Holland America and was renamed Prinsendam.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor