Holland America Line’s Prinsendam will leave the fleet next year after 16 years on July 1, 2019.
The 835-passenger capacity cruise ship has been sold and will transfer to German cruise company Phoenix Reisen.
MS Prinsendam was built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line. From 1994 through 1998, the ship was operated by Cunard Line and then transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line, where it became Seabourn Sun in 1999.
In 2002 the ship joined the Holland America Line fleet and was renamed Prinsendam.
The ship will be chartered back to Holland America Line so it can sail planned voyages through to July 1 2019, when it switches to its new operator.
From July 1 2019 onwards, three of Holland America’s ships, Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam will take on Prinsendam’s itineraries.
Orlando Ashford, the line’s president, said:
“We look to the future and focus on delivering the programming and innovations that our guests are asking for.
“We remain focused on exceeding guest expectations on every cruise and will continue to offer the unique itineraries on our other, smaller ships.”