Phoenix Reisen, the German deep sea and river cruise operator, has acquired the 37,983 gross ton Prinsendam from Holland America Line, which is part of the Carnival Corporation & plc group.
“Prinsendam's itineraries from July 1, 2019, onward are scheduled to be assimilated by Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam. Holland America Line is reaching out to booked guests and their travel professionals to re-accommodate guests on these cruises,” the company said in a statement.
Built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for the now defunct Royal Viking Line, the 835 passenger capacity ships is the oldest ship in the Carnival group fleet and the smallest one in that of Holland America Line.
Its sale comes soon after P&O Cruises, another Carnival group member, had unveiled decision to withdraw the 1995 built Oriana of 69,840 gross tons next year, plus the sale of P&O Cruises Australia’s 1992 built Pacific Eden to Cruise & Maritime Voyages in the UK, who will rename it Vasco da Gama. The new name of Prinsendam has not been disclosed. Phoenix had been reported in some media reports to be looking for newbuildings.