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Holland America Europe changes include delayed Rotterdam intro

Rotterdam is pictured during sea trials. The ship is still expected to be delivered on time but its entry to service is delayed
Holland America Line canceled the remainder of the summer cruises aboard Nieuw Statendam and Volendam and delayed Rotterdam's entry into service until Sept. 26.

The cancellations affect cruises that were scheduled to depart from September through November, along with the Collectors' Voyages (combined cruises) associated with those departures.

Rotterdam on-time delivery still expected, naming ceremony TBA

After an expected on-schedule delivery from Fincantieri's Marghera yard July 30 , Rotterdam will remain in non-guest operations until its Sept. 26 cruise from Amsterdam. Plans for the ship's naming ceremony are being finalized.

Shift to a Europe cruise in 2021 or 2022

Guests currently booked on canceled Nieuw Statendam and Volendam departures automatically will be moved to a 2021 cruise on Eurodam in the Mediterranean, beginning with the Aug. 15 cruise through the Oct. 30 trans-Atlantic crossing, and receive a $100 on-board credit per person.

Nieuw Statendam and Volendam passengers can also choose to move to an equivalent cruise in 2022 at the 2021 fare or receive a future cruise credit of 110% of any cash paid that will be placed in their loyalty account.

Travelers booked on a canceled Rotterdam voyage may select an equivalent sailing in 2022 at the 2021 fare paid, or choose a 110% FCC.

Anyone on a canceled voyage may instead request a full refund.

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