UPDATE May 12, 2022 - The City of Rotterdam is extending its charter agreement for Holland America Line's (HollandAmerica.com) Volendam through Sept. 14, 2022, to house Ukrainian families. The ship has been home to around 1,200 Ukrainians since docking in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in early April and will house up to 1,500 refugees through the extended charter, part of a larger commitment from the Netherlands to accommodate 50,000 people who fled the war in their homeland.
The government originally chartered the ship through the end of June but has asked to extend it for an additional 10 weeks. Under the agreement, Holland America Line is providing hot meals, private stateroom accommodations, housekeeping services, laundry, use of public spaces, fitness facilities, internet access, and other necessities. Volendam is staffed with approximately 650 crew members.
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