Saturday, 19 November 2011

HAL's Veendam won't sail to Bermuda after 2012

HAL's Veendam won't sail to Bermuda after 2012

By Donna Tunney
Holland America Line's 1,350-passenger Veendam will not return to Bermuda on regularly scheduled cruises after the 2012 season.

The ship has operated seasonal Bermuda cruises from New York since 2010.

“The 2012 season will mark three years of Bermuda cruising roundtrip from New York, and in 2013 other destinations are being considered as part of our overall global deployment,” the cruise line said in a statement.

Holland America said that it would “continue to call in Hamilton occasionally on other itineraries.”

Holland America is the second Carnival Corp. brand to reveal plans to reduce its presence in Bermuda.

Carnival Cruise Lines recently notified Bermuda tourism officials that it would not require the use of several berths it had reserved for next summer.

Four Carnival ships — the Pride, Fantasy, Glory and Miracle — made a combined 16 calls to Bermuda this year. But in 2012, just one ship, the Pride, will make one call.

Holland America said the Veendam’s 2013 deployment would be announced next year.