Holland America Discontinues 2013 Weekly Cruises to Bermuda.

Holland America's Veendm at Front Street, Hamilton Bermuda - Copyright NYCruiseInfo.com
Holland America's Veendm at Front Street, Hamilton Bermuda - Cpyrght NYCruiseInfo.com
Minister of Transport Derrick Burgess confirmed today that Holland America Line’s ‘Veendam’ will not be returning to Bermuda in 2013.

The ‘Veendam’ started service to Bermuda in 2010, making weekly sailings from New York, tendering from Murray’s Anchorage to St. George’s on Tuesdays and docking in Hamilton Wednesdays – Fridays. The ‘Veendam’ is scheduled to make 19 calls to Bermuda in 2012.

“It is unfortunate that Holland America Line is withdrawing the ‘Veendam’ from Bermuda in 2013. Apparently, the New York to Bermuda schedule was not meeting their revenue projections, and they have decided to deploy the ship to another location”, said Minister Burgess.

Minister Burgess added, “We continue to pursue the availability of small cruise ships for St. George’s and Hamilton, but the reality is those ships that are available are mostly Luxury and Premium cruise brands doing world-wide itineraries or are no longer competitive in the North American market”.
A statement issued by the Ministry said, “The ‘Veendam’ entered service in 1996, and is one of the few remaining small cruise ships capable of docking in Hamilton.”

“At recent Town Hall meetings on the Channel Study is was emphasized that there are less than 30 cruise ships currently capable of docking in St. George’s and Hamilton, with 1/3 of them set for retirement in the next few years.”

“The Study also concluded that there will come a time when the older and smaller ships will no longer be able to compete head-to-head with the newer and larger cruise ships being built today.”
Source: NYCruiseInfo.com.com

This news comes after a number of other reductions in the New York to Bermuda Service in 2012.
Holland America's Veendam will only sail to Bermuda during the peak season - May thru early September in 2012. Normally the Veendam sailed thru late October to Bermuda. The Veendam instead will conduct a one way New England Canada Cruises between New York and Montreal and then sail the remainder of the New England Canada fall season between  Boston and Montreal before repositioning to South America for the winter..

In a related story, Carnival Cruise Lines gave late notice that they will only have one sailing to Bermuda in 2012 down from approximately 12 in 2011.



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