Former Veendam Appears on Port Schedules Around the World

Veendam

Currently laid up in Greece, the former Veendam has appeared future cruise schedules of different ports across the globe.

Previously operated by Holland America Line, the 1996-built ship was renamed Aegean Majesty after being acquired by Seajets in 2020 and has been out of service for over three years.

Despite appearing on port schedules globally, a law firm representing the owner of the vessel said via email on July 26: “there is no contract for the employment of our clients’ ship in connection with the port and itinerary schedules which are mentioned in your said publication; in fact, we are instructed that our clients do not presently intend to trade the ship themselves, nor is there in place any contract for her employment and/or trading with any other party whatsoever.”

Cruise Industry News had spotted the vessel on several port schedules across the world, including Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil; Gibraltar, in the UK; Le Havre, in France; Piraeus, in Greece; Portimão, in Portugal; and Naha, in Japan.

With different dates between December 2023 and September 2025, the scheduled calls seem to follow a pattern, featuring a single multi-day visit at each port.

In Rio de Janeiro, for instance, the vessel is scheduled to stay docked for six days starting on December 7, 2023.

Meanwhile, in Le Havre, the former Veendam appears on the 2025 schedule, with a five-night visit that starts on June 25.

While some of the bookings list the vessel under the Aegean Majesty name, several also show it as the Victoria Majestic.

The name has been used by Victoria Cruises Line, a startup cruise line that aims to launch a new residence ship concept.

First announced in 2022, the Cyprus-based company said it intended to charter two ships – one of them being the Aegean Majesty – to operate long world cruises that would allow passengers to live onboard for several years.

While no further news has been made public ever since, Victoria’s website remains online and shows the former Veendam as part of its future fleet.

According to the company’s plans, the ship will be renamed Victoria Majestic before kicking off a two-year global voyage in December 2023.

Sailing from Port Everglades, the planned itinerary includes visits to several ports around the world, including Portimão, Rio de Janeiro, Gibraltar, Le Havre, Piraeus and Naha.

Update: This article was updated on July 26 to reflect additional information provided by a law firm representing the owner of the ship.

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