Published: September 14, 2020 - 12:01 AM
Holland America Lines Hits Europe Strong in 2021 With 5 Ships Including The New Rotterdam.
Holland America Lines hits Europe hard in 2021 with 5 ships expected to sail in the Med, Northern Europe and Greenland. Ships expected to sail to Europe includes the Zaandam which will sail the Voyages of the Vikings route visiting Greenland and Northern Europe. Other ships will include the Westerdam, Zuiderdam, Nieuw Statendam and Holland America's New Rotterdam (ex Ryndam).
From April through November, the five ships will offer itineraries ranging from seven to 35 days, as well as longer Collectors’ Voyages up to 29 days. In addition to transatlantic crossings between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Europe, the ships will visit the Baltic, British Isles, French and Spanish Rivieras, Iberian Peninsula, Mediterranean and Northern Europe including Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the North Cape.
In a board meeting in Dade County Florida, cruise line executives voiced objections to cruise lines not being able to return to service. The cruise lines exec stated that the cruise lines are responsible operator and will assure that all of the necessary precautions will be take to assure a safe vacation.
Board members expressed concern over the fact that airlines are permitted to fly and people are sitting and interacting with significantly less social distancing than a cruise ship. Cruise lines are all supposed to supply the CDC their plans and precautions for returning to service in the next 7-10 days. Cruising from the US on ships with more than 200 passengers has been suspended until October 31, 2020.
On September 5th, 2020 Royal Caribbean's newest largest ship, Wonder of the Seas was floated out at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in France. The Oasis Class ship, which externally looks very close to being complete will carry over 5,000 passenger. Expected to debut in the Chinese market in 2022 reportedly incorporating features and activities that will appear to her Chinese clientèle.
Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas sports new Royal Caribbean Livery - Name emblazoned on the hull.
When introduced in April 2021, the Odyssey of the Seas will sport a new Royal Caribbean Livery. The powder blue hull will have the name of the ship emblazoned with the ship's name covering over 286 feet of the hull and over 36 feet tall. The latest Quantum Ultra Class vessel is currently under construction at Meyer Werft Shipyard In Papenburg, Germany and will debut in the Med in April and in the fall make her way to Florida.
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