Veendam To Return To Bermuda In 2015 – Queen Mary 2 Celebrates Ten Years – Allure of the Seas To Follow Oasis To Europe
10/02/2014 Leave a comment
THE CRUISE EXAMINER at Cybercruises.com by Kevin Griffin
Last week, Holland America Line’s forward schedules revealed that, after an absence of two seasons, the Veendam would be returning to Bermuda starting in May 2015. Unlike the usual contract ships that sail to Bermuda, the Veendam can dock right on Front Street in Hamilton (see photo above). This decision would appear to be a result of two things: a recent legalization of gambling on ships docked in Bermuda that will allow cruise lines to profit from more on board revenue, and a change in the North American ECA regulations that will increase fuel costs by reducing the maximum sulphur content for fuels burned within 200 miles of the North American coast from 1% to 0.1%. In other news the Queen Mary 2 celebrates ten years of service this year, while the world’s largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, will come to Europe for a full season in 2015.