Cruise liner almost doubles Bermuda cruises

HAMILTON, Bermuda, December 30, 2008 – Holland America Line has announced it will more than double its previously announced Bermuda cruises in 2010.

The company said that it will now make 24 cruises, up from the initial 11, beginning April next year. Sailing roundtrip from New York aboard ms Veendam, the cruises will visit both Hamilton and St George’s, Bermuda’s cultural and shopping hubs.

“This is a wonderful development for Holland America Line and Bermuda,” said executive vice president for marketing, sales and guest programmes, Richard Meadows. “We are thrilled to homeport a ship in New York City to sail to Bermuda and our extended season to the islands will be very exciting to our guests.”

When the 1,350-guest ms Veendam sails in April on the first of 24 seven-day roundtrips to the island, it will mark Holland America Line’s return to Bermuda as a destination.

Holland America Line said it had worked closely with the government of Bermuda to form the partnership that takes Holland America Line back to the island that it first visited more than 70 years ago.

In 1926, Veendam II, with a guest capacity of approximately 500, left New York on the company’s first Caribbean cruise. During the summers of 1930 and 1931, Veendam II sailed on five-day roundtrip cruises between New York and Bermuda.