HOLLAND America Line, a Carnival Cruises affiliate, has announced the sale of four cruise ships.

In a statement published on the company website, it was stated that the vessels Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam would be leaving the fleet and transferring to undisclosed buyers.

The ships have been sold in pairs, with the S-Class Maasdam and Veendam transferring to one company in August 2020, while the R-Class Amsterdam and Rotterdam are to move to another company in coming months.

Holland America Line is to cancel cruises for the four ships’ deployments, with some select itineraries being assumed by other ships in the fleet.

“It’s always difficult to see any ship leave the fleet, especially those that have a long and storied history with our company,” said Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK.

“However, Holland America Line has a bright future ahead that includes recent Pinnacle-Class additions, with a third sister ship next year that will continue to maintain our overall capacity in the marketplace.”

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Holland America president Gus Antorcha said their fleet would continue to offer “exceptional options for cruisers looking for a mid-sized ship experience to destinations all around the world”.

“I look forward to carrying on those beloved shipboard offerings while cultivating new ideas to bring to our guests,” Mr Antorcha said.

Guests with bookings on future sailings of these ships will be notified that these cruises will be cancelled or changed.

Cancelled cruises are to include scheduled Canada/New England and Grand Voyages on Amsterdam; Mexico, South Pacific, Australia and Asia itineraries on Maasdam; Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, South America and Hawaii sailings on Rotterdam; and Caribbean and Europe itineraries on Veendam.

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