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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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navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
8,825 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
239 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
madera1
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
1,213 forum post
0 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
1 review
170 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
657 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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tommcs
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Bessa63
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
34 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
126 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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StartrainDD
Member Since 2009
19 reviews
1,451 forum post
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
0 helpful votes
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

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Jalex63
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
372 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
SophiePrincess
Member Since 2012
1 review
41 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed November 2013
The Prinsendam is the small HAL ship and is an old gem- it has the highest no. Of repeat passengers. That being said, it is subject to mechanical problems. Initially, the air conditioning was not perfect, but they managed to fix it before ... Read more
kahtrav
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
849 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
We've been intrigued hearing about the Prinsendam and also about some of her itineraries. We often sail HAL, but this little ship seemed like something we should try. The cabin prices are often above our budget level, but when this cruise ... Read more
rafinmd
Member Since 2009
14 reviews
13,009 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Background:My cruise line of choice is Crystal, this is my second voyage on the Prinsendam and I was very pleased to be back on her. The ship is not for everybody, does have some foibles, but offers an opportunity for a fabulous ... Read more

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Mar from USA
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
I chose this cruise because of its Black Sea itinerary, mostly places I have never seen. Spending a few extra days in Athens was the icing on the cake. Check-in and boarding staff were efficient and cordial. My stateroom, a free upgrade ... Read more
EFCHI
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Me and my father had participated in a Holland America cruise with MsPrinsendam from 2 to 14 October this year at Black Sea. It was a round-trip, we sailed from Piraeus and disembarked there after visiting the following ports and places: ... Read more
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Santa Fe Connie
Member Since 2008
1 review
89 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
I booked this cruise/crossing at the last moment, when I was able to get a good rate as a solo traveler. I was able to get a ticket to Athens using Amex reward points, which eased my conscience about taking a second cruise in 4 months! (I ... Read more
CarolfromAus
Member Since 2013
1 review
40 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
This was a carefully chosen itinerary for us, taking in important Ancient sites of Turkey, Israel, Greece & Italy. The ship itself wasn't as important, although obviously we wanted a reputable company and acceptable level of comfort. ... Read more
SweetSunny
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
I can't say enough about the Europe-Black Sea cruise we took on the Prinsendam in September/October, 2013. The small ship was absolutely fabulous: service, crew, ports of call, entertainment and food were outstanding. We have sailed on ... Read more

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