AUGUST 28, 2020 – NEW YORK, NY: Greek’s ropax operator Seajets are the new owners of Holland America Line’s Veendam and Maasdam, as reported by Seatrade Cruise News. Seajets is the operator of 21 high speed ferries based in Greece. The ships have since been renamed Aegean Majesty and Aegean Myth respectively.
The acquisition of these two ships comes on the heels of news that Seajets acquired P&O Cruises’ former ship Oceana in July. Seajets’ owner, Mario Iliopoulos, surprised many in the industry when he announced the purchase of the vessel taking Seajets into the overnight cruise sector. The Oceana has since been renamed Queen of the Oceans.
It has also been reported that Iliopoulos, has entered a six-month agreement with Piraeus-based Optimum Ship Management Services to manage its growing cruise ship fleet. Optimum also manages Celestyal Cruises’ vessels.
At this time there is no indication what Seajets’ or Iliopoulos’ plans are for the three cruise ships, although speculation is rampant.