The last Holland America Line cruise ship leaves Torbay and sails on the horizon
Holland America Lines ships have become an attraction off the coast of Tor Bay and Lyme Bay since the start of the Covid pandemic
In an emotional goodbye, the Oosterdam blew his horns, lit six pence, and slowly glided around Hopes Nose and above the horizon.
Crowds have gathered all along Torbay’s 21 miles of coastline to hear the last whistles and say goodbye to the last of the Holland America Line ships that have become such a big part of South Devon life in the era of Covid.
Even Captain Daniel Bolton has said he will have his throat tied, and he has vowed to return with his own family to meet the people who made his stranded crew feel so welcome.
The Oosterdam made headlines last year when 800 employees were stranded on board for weeks. As of June 2020, Torbay and Babbacombe Bay have become a haven for dozens of luxury cruise ships around the world awaiting orders to sail.
The Oosterdam is known to be the most colorful of Holland America’s fleet. It was first launched in 2003 and was last updated in 2016. The 1,964 passenger ship houses 812 crew, making the passenger-to-crew ratio of around 2 to 1. .
Today she is in Southampton and tomorrow she will return to the Netherlands. By November, his itinerary includes a multi-month cruise to Australia and New Zealand.
In an interview with the Heart South West press team (see video above), Capt Bolton said: “They say captains don’t cry because in this transient lifestyle we come and go. all the time – but I would be lying if I didn’t. I’m not saying I’ll get my throat tight as we leave today. It was a special moment.