STATENDAM, RYNDAM To Head “Down Under” For P&O

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MV STATENDAM at Juneau, Alaska. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.

Holland America Line has completed an agreement for the transfer of the 1993-built MV STATENDAM and 1994-built MV RYNDAM, the first and third members of its quartet of Statendam Class ships, to sister brand P&O Cruises in Australia.  Both ships will undergo complete refurbishments to reflect the P&O Cruises brand prior to their delivery in November 2015.

According to a corporate announcement from HAL’s CEO Stein Kruse, “The Australian market is a world leader in terms of growth in cruising, yet only around 3 percent of Australians have sailed, so there is tremendous opportunity for further expansion. Based on the growth potential and P&O’s success sailing in the region, their team is well-poised to add this new capacity.”

Both ships will be replaced by HAL’s new 2,648-guest Pinnacle-class ship, which is scheduled for delivery in February of 2016.  Conventional wisdom is that the new ship will be the sixth STATENDAM but no such announcement has been made.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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