Holland America Line’s ship Volendam has returned to guest cruising operations for the first time since the industry pause, as she embarked on a 14-day Holy Land and Ancient Kingdoms Explorer itinerary.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held the mark the occasion, attended by team members alongside the ship’s Captain and Senior Officers. For the past six months, the ship has been berthed in Rotterdam under charter to the city to house Ukrainian families.
Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line, said: “This is a milestone day as Volendam embarks on its first full cruise since the industry-wide pause.
“We are thankful for the incredible work of the shipboard team these past six months, caring for Ukrainian families. As we get back to cruising, we are excited to welcome guests on Volendam for a series of longer voyages that include explorations of the Mediterranean, Amazon and South America.”
Following the cruise, Volendam will sail two-week itineraries to Greece, Turkey, Montenegro and Croatia. She will relocate to Fort Lauderdale in late-October to embark on a series of Caribbean cruises.
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