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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Holland America Ships Operating in the 1970s

Holland America Ships of the 1970's
Nieuw Amsterdam - Sailed for Holland America until December 1973. Built originally as a transatlantic liner, by the 1970s, she was used exclusively for cruising. She arrived in Taiwan on February 25, 1974 for scrapping.







Veendam - Originally built as the Argentina for Moore-McC0rmack in 1958, she was sold to Holland America Line (HAL) in 1972. As the Veendam, she originally sailed longer european cruises for HAL, but quickly settled into the 7-day cruise market. She was chartered out later and then eventually sold by HAL to other interests in 1984. The ship had many names with her final name being New Orleans for her final voyage to Alang India for scrapping. She arrived in Alang on December 4th, 2003


Volendam - Originally built as the Brasil for Moore-McC0rmack in 1958, she was sold to Holland America Line (HAL) in 1972. As the Veendam, she originally sailed longer European cruises for HAL, but quickly settled into the 7-day cruise market. She was chartered out later and then eventually sold by HAL to other interests in 1984. The ship had many names with her final name being Universe for her final voyage to Alang India for scrapping. She was beached on December 7th, 2004.




The Prinsendam was a HAL newbuild built in 1973, exclusively for cruising in Indonesia and Alaska. She proved very popular for her short life. On October 4th, 1980, she caught fire (and sank 7 days later) in Alaskan waters. A small ship by today's standards, the Prinsendam was 427 feet long and cost $50 Million dollars to build.



The Rotterdam was the Flagship of the HAL fleet.
Built in 1959, her modern profile made her an instant success. She initially sailed transatlantic and world cruises, but by the early 70's, she spent most of her days cruising. She sailed with HAL until 1997 at which time she became the Rembrandt for Premier Cruises. In 2004, she was sold again and refurbished into a stationary hotel, convention and entertainment center in the Port of Rotterdam as the Rotterdam.



The Statendam of 1958 proved very sucessful for HAL. Again sailing longer itineraries and Transatantic voyages, the Statendam settled into a cruising role. She was very popular on the New York to Bermuda or Nassau cruise circuit. In October, 1982 she was sold to Paquet Cruise and renamed Rhapsody. The Rhapsody was later sold to Regency Cruises in 1986 and became the Regent Star. In 1995 Regency went bankrupt and the ship was laid up. In March 2004, under the name Harmony, the once great Statendam left Greece bound for India ship breakers.

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