Rotterdam extends its charter with Holland America until September 14

The City of Rotterdam is extending its charter agreement for Holland America Line’s Volendam until September 14, 2022, to accommodate Ukrainian families.

The ship has welcomed around 1,200 Ukrainians since docking in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in early April and will welcome up to 1,500 refugees through the extended charter, as part of a wider commitment by the Netherlands to welcome 50,000 people who fled the war in their homeland, according to a press release.

The government initially chartered the vessel until the end of June, but requested an extension of another 10 weeks. Under the agreement, Holland America Line provides hot meals, private cabins, housekeeping services, laundry, use of public areas, fitness facilities, internet access and other necessities. Volendam has approximately 650 crew members.

To allow the charter mission to continue, Holland America Line is canceling six additional departures from Volendam, including cruises to Norway, the British Isles and the Mediterranean. Passengers on canceled cruises will be automatically rebooked on similar itineraries and will not need to contact Holland America Line, as the cruise line will contact you directly with options.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause customers who booked on Volendam over the summer,” said Beth Bodensteiner, commercial director of Holland America Line. “We appreciate their continued understanding as we work with the City of Rotterdam on this important assignment.”

Volendam’s first scheduled voyage is a 14-day Holy Land and Ancient Kingdoms Explorer departing from Venice, Italy on September 24, 2022.

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