Rotterdam extends ‘Volendam’ charter

2022-05-27T19:04:47+00:00 May 27th, 2022|Marketing|

The Dutch City of Rotterdam has extended the charter of Holland America Line’s (HAL) ‘Volendam’ through 14th September, 2022, to house Ukrainian families.

‘Volendam’ has been home to around 1,200 Ukrainians since berthing in Rotterdam in early April and will house up to 1,500 refugees through the extended charter, part of a larger commitment from the Netherlands to accommodate 50,000 people who have fled the war in the Ukraine.

The Dutch Government originally chartered the ship through the end of June but has now asked for a 10 week extension.

‘Volendam’ has around 650 crew members on board.

To allow for the continued charter, HAL has cancelled an additional six departures.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to guests booked on ‘Volendam’ through the summer,” said Beth Bodensteiner, HAL’s CCO. “We appreciate their continued understanding as we work with the city of Rotterdam on this important mission.”

‘Volendam’s’ next scheduled voyage is a 14-day cruise due to depart from Venice on 24th September.