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Prinsendam, Holland America's smallest vessel, is considered its pathfinder. This is the ship to choose if far-away destinations, longer-than-usual itineraries and superb value for money are key factors in ...
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145 Holland America Prinsendam Cruise Reviews

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Bpriscud
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed May 2015
It was wonderful to be able to see ports that are not usually visited by cruise ships. Who knew that Alicante, Spain even existed, let alone that it is one of the major cities of Spain. Equal thoughts for Porto and Portofioro Thanks to ... Read more
longtime cruise
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed on the intimate Prinsendam under the impression we would have an "elegant" experience on an "intimate" ship. The ship was "intimate" because of the size and not very elegant. Ship is old and HAL works ... Read more
canoncruiser
Member Since 2013
1 review
94 forum posts
Sailed January 2015
I booked this cruise because I wanted a way to experience as much of Latin America as possible. It was great! I lucked out on a wonderful table for all 68 days;a well traveled Canadian couple;ditto Australian couple and ditto fellow ... Read more
Captain Ricky
Member Since 2014
1 review
30 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We just completed the 68 day Prinsendam Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage. It was our first cruise since the 1990s and it was MUCH better than we expected. We loved it and would sail on the Prinsendam again in a heartbeat. We ... Read more
bobs@palmharbor
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed January 2015
With the exception of the Prinsendam's condition and the dining room menu, this voyage met all our expectations. The ship has been in service since 1997 and is showing its age, wear, and tear. It is time for HAL to retire or completely ... Read more

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shadowdog1
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We eat all of our meals in the Lido as I don't like to change my clothes just for a meal. I must say the crew working in the Lido were the finest crew I have ever seen. They were very friendly and quite efficient. To counterbalance the ... Read more
2tripahoy8
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I was travelling solo and took what I was given for 16 days with 11 ports. At ports I went off solo and re-discovered some favorite places from the past as well as some new places, people, and adventures. (I rarely if ever do ... Read more
texaswillie
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
17 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed November 2014
This review and these opinions are based upon my cruise which originated in Ft Lauderdale on November 20th and ended in Ft Lauderdale on December 18, 2014. Your experience on the same cruise may or may not have been the same as my ... Read more
navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
9,514 forum posts
Sailed November 2014
Embarkation at Civitacecchia on November 4 was the easiest and smoothest of any of our more than twenty sailings. The fact that Prinsendam only carries about 840 passengers, and that there were a fair number staying on board from a ... Read more
WisRiver
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
264 forum posts
Sailed October 2014
We (a group of six) were on the Prinsendam on the October, 2014 Black Sea Explorer. This was our fifth HAL cruise in the past six year each on a different ship. We have been on the Zaandam (Alaska), Nieuw Amersterdam (TA repositioning), ... Read more

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madera1
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
1,297 forum post
2 helpful votes
We traveled with 5 other friends who agreed that this particular itinerary was very port intensive and included ports that were new to us. We arrived in Amsterdam 2 days prior to the cruise and had a great time exploring this city. We ... Read more
btoohill
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
172 forum posts
Cruising the Norwegian Fjords has been on our bucket list so the itinerary for this cruise was a big draw as was the ship. We enjoy smaller, more intimate ships and the Prinsendam was perfect. We sailed her a few years ago around England, ... Read more
stewcall
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
654 forum posts
We have always wanted to cruise on the Prinsendam. The size of the ship and it's unique itinerary has always been appealing. 60 days before sailing a good deal came via email for the trip around the British Isles and we jumped on it. Let ... Read more
tommcs
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2014
This was our first cruise and probably our last on the Prinsendam. We have been on 3 other Holland America ships and really enjoyed the ship and the customer service, but sadly not this time. For being Holland America's Flagship, it is a ... Read more
pramsay111@hotmail.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed July 2014
We embarked at the Ijmuiden port, it is a little out of the way. We booked our transfers privately and this worked very well and not expensive, we were a group of 8. Embarkation worked well and our luggage was delivered in a timely ... Read more

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Bessa63
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
34 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2014
My sister and I booked this trip because it was the itinerary we had long wanted and a terrific price point. The Prinsendam is a lovely ship, just the right size, not one of the behemoths where you don't see people you know. Yes, it may ... Read more
travel09
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
126 forum posts
Sailed June 2014
Our cruise was Norway/Celtic experience, 34 days from Ijumiden, 23rd June.2014. This was our 6th cruise with Holland America, and the itinerary was outstanding. The weather was also a contributing factor, in making this a wonderful ... Read more
StaciaMarie1
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed May 2014
This was our third cruise aboard Holland America and it was WONDERFUL! Our Veranda room was perfect for the two weeks at sea. The staff is exceptional from room stewards to Officers, everyone is focused on the Customer's Experience. We ... Read more
StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
20 reviews
1,548 forum post
1 helpful vote
Prinsendam 5-24-14 Kiel Canal & Baltics  Departure & arrival in the Netherlands, 5-22 & 5-23: Our flight on United from Newark to Amsterdam was delayed by two hours due to a variety of factors. This made our arrival late ... Read more
jay76
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed March 2014
My wife and I, embarked in Fort lauderdale for a 39-day Grang Voyage ending in Venice. The ocean behaved perfectly during the whole voyage with temperature highs in the upper 60s during the 5-day crossing, the upper 80s in the Caribbean ... Read more
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edjmac369
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 helpful votes
ms Prinsendam is a smaller ship of 561 guests and 478 Crew. We commenced our voyage Sunday January 5, 2014 at 12 midnight. The ship and our accommodations were great. We were told that a smaller ship was needed for the 7 days we cruised ... Read more
Jimbo80
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2014
We did our great adventure a year ago and have had time to reflect and take other cruises. Here are our highlights of the journey and ship. The cabin was small but we do not spend much time in our cabin. The stewards are excellent. There ... Read more
islandhopper100
Member Since 2013
1 review
5 forum posts
It was our first cruise on the HAL or the Prinsendam, it is a well travelled ship but well looked after over the years, the GREAT Best ever service ever from the crew, comfortable interior cabin best has was modern bathroom, very clean and ... Read more
Jalex63
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
392 forum posts
Sailed December 2013
I once read a question on the HAL forum about why it was that the Prinsendam cruises were more expensive than other HAL cruises and the answer was because they can get it. Having sailed many HAL cruises on other various ships, with the ... Read more
Taggart69
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2013
Pre-Cruise : Booked private car transport (online from Australia) from Miami Airport via Holland Limousine Service. Communication via email prior to arrival was excellent. Driver was waiting in the Baggage Claim for me on arrival and was ... Read more

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