AUGUST 13, 2020: NEW YORK, NY- Greek news outlet Arxipelagos is reporting that the recently sold Holland America Line ship ms VEENDAM has been in the port of Katakolo in Greece since Monday, 10 August, 2020, where it appears renovation work on the ship has begun. The ship, according to its data in Marine Traffic, will be renamed AEGEAN MAJESTY. Additionally, it has been reported that the AEGEAN MAJESTY is flying the flag of Bermuda as it’s port of registry.
The name of the new owners or company is still unknown.
Holland America Line is a subsidiary of Carnival Corportation, LLC, based in Miami, Florida. It had been announced by Carnival CEO, Arnold Donald, that as many as 13 ships would be removed due to present economic conditions caused by the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic. Holland America Line is losing 4 ships. In addition to the VEENDAM, the MAASDAM, AMSTERDAM, and ROTTERDAM have all been sold. The AMSTERDAM and ROTTERDAM have been sold to UK-Centric cruise line, Fred Olsen Cruises. The ships will be renamed BOLETTE and BOREALIS respectively.
Regarding the VEENDAM’s near identical twin vessel the MAASDAM, it’s been reported the vessel has been sold to a Greek ferry company. No further information is known at this time.
We will continue to monitor developments regarding the VEENDAM and the ms MAASDAM. We will report the identities of ship’s new owners and company when that information becomes available.
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