The Holland America Line (HAL) ship Veendam returned to Boston this morning after completing the last cruise of her inaugural Bermuda season from the Bay State. And, while Veendam will continue to homeport in Boston until mid-October, a return to Bermuda is planned for 2016.
“Our Bermuda cruises in 2015 have been a huge success, and we’re excited to take more guests to the beautiful island in 2016,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president, in a July 10 press release. “It’s rare for cruisers to get to spend three nights in a port, and this itinerary is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all that Bermuda has to offer — both during the day and evening.”
According to the HAL website, departures from Boston to Hamilton are scheduled for May 14, May 21, June 11, and June 18, 2016. The cruises, all seven nights in length, will depart on a Saturday and spend Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings alongside the capital city of Hamilton.
Veendam’s six cruises to Bermuda in 2015 were significant for both HAL and Cruiseport Boston. These voyages marked HAL’s first return to Bermuda cruising since its seasonal program from New York City ended in 2012, also on Veendam. Also, this is the first time that two Bermuda-bound ships were based in Boston simultaneously. (The other is Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn.)
The remainder of Veendam’s 2015 Boston season includes a series of Canada/New England cruises and a 35-night Voyage of the Vikings that visits Greenland, Iceland, Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, and the Faroe Islands. Her season concludes with a 19-night repositioning cruise to San Diego via the Panama Canal on Oct. 17.
Veendam measures 57,092 gross tons and 719 feet in length, and has a capacity of 1,350 passengers (double occupancy) and 580 crew. She made her maiden voyage in 1996. The ship underwent a major overhaul in 2009 that included the addition of two new cabin categories and a reconfiguration of the aft pool area.
For more information on Veendam or on HAL’s 2016 Bermuda program, contact your travel agent or Holland America Line.