Will Holland America replace Oosterdam?

Holland America has been forced to confirm Volendam will be returning to Australia in 2015, following speculation that the line was replacing its 1,848-passenger Oosterdam and 1,432-passenger Volendam with 1,916-passenger Noordam.

The rumour surfaced after a change in the Sydney Ports schedule showed Noordam was added to the timetable. It showed the ship would visit the city over seven times throughout the 2015/16-summer season.

According to the timetable, the ship will arrive on 22 November 2015. Volendam was also added to Melbourne’s port schedule, with her first visit on 20 November 2015.

News reports also claimed Oosterdam and Volendam had ‘disappeared’ from the timetable, however, the schedule online on 23 April 2014 showed Volendam will arrive in Sydney on 19 November 2015.

Volendam’s return was confirmed to Cruise Passenger by the line’s director of sales in Australia, Tony Archbold. Plans for the other two ships are yet to be revealed.

“It is prudent and necessary to reserve Sydney berths several years in advance, decisions on which ships to deploy are generally made no more than two years out,” he explained.

“While we may make adjustments to deployment of ships the capacity will not be impacted as the Noordam and Oosterdam are sister ships.

“Regarding the Volendam, the ship will be cruising back in the region and deployment is being finalised.”

He said further information will be revealed later this year when the line releases its 2015/16 schedule.

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