Holland America Line’s Prinsendam has been sold and will leave the fleet next year.

The 835-passenger capacity vessel will transfer to German cruise company Phoenix Reisen.

Prinsendam will be chartered back to Holland America Line so it can sail planned voyages through to July 1 2019, when it switches to its new operator.

Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam will take on Prinsendam’s itineraries from July 1 2019 onwards.

Orlando Ashford, the line’s president, said: “We look to the future and focus on delivering the programming and innovations that our guests are asking for.

“We remain focused on exceeding guest expectations on every cruise and will continue to offer the unique itineraries that Prinsendam sailed on our other, smaller ships.”

Prinsendam was built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line.

The ship was operated by Cunard Line from 1994 through 1998 and then transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line, where it became Seabourn Sun in 1999.

In 2002 the ship joined the Holland America Line fleet and was renamed Prinsendam.

Phoenix Reisen is a Germany-based travel agency that also operates a fleet of cruise ships and first began operating cruises under its own brand in 1988.