Prinsendam will leave the Holland America Line fleet in July 2019

Holland America Line has announced that their popular ship, Prinsendam, has been sold and will leave its fleet on 1 July 2019 and transfer to the German cruise company Phoenix Reisen.

Following the sale, the 37,983-ton, 835-guest Prinsendam is being chartered back to Holland America Line to continue sailing its planned voyages through 1 July 2019.

Prinsendam’s itineraries from that date onward are scheduled to be assimilated by their Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam ships.

Holland America Line is reaching out to booked guests and their travel professionals to re-accommodate guests on these cruises.

Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said: “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.

“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. The ship 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 the Holland America Line fleet and was renamed Prinsendam.