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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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144 Holland America Prinsendam Cruise Reviews

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kahtrav
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
875 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
13,680 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
Mar from USA
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
93 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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

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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
marcb71a
Member Since 2007
5 reviews
117 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We celebrated our 100th day with HAL on this cruise. We started sailing with them about 10 years ago and they, along with Oceania have remained our favorite cruise line. Unfortunately as the fares have decreased, so has some of the ... Read more
July_Cruiser
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
121 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
Public Areas Very Cold definitely bring a sweater, Brrr… Nice size only tendered 2 times. Missed a tender port, Hendaye, due to weather. Felt like a ship not a hotel. Lacked glitz but we appreciated the small ship atmosphere and ... Read more
TJDJM
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2013
We chose this ship because of the ports of call on its itinerary and also its size. We enjoyed being on a smaller ship as it could go to some ports that were otherwise inaccessible by the larger vessels. We have sailed many times ... Read more
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Front Porch Elle
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2013
This was my 8th. cruise on a HAL ship. My favourite has always been the Maasdam -- nice size, easy to get round. In August 2012, I took the Baltic/Northern Europe cruise on the Eurodam -- lovely ship, but for me, it is too large. Clearly I ... Read more
JoeJ
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
331 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2013
We booked this cruise for the itinerary and looked forward to the small ship experience which we like but which is harder and harder to find as the lines compete with the "make it big and they will come" concept. The staterooms were ... Read more
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kazu
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
35,344 forum posts
0 helpful votes
DH and I have done a number of cruises and were on the Elegant Explorer once before. this was the longest cruise we have done so far and we picked the right ship to do it on. Our cruise started in Port Everglades with a stop in Bermuda and ... Read more
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Sweetie and Big G
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Prinsendam was billed by both the HA rep on the phone and the on board cruise consultant as a high end experience. We were told "It is good that you are travelling on the Noordam first, because you will be spoiled after travelling on ... Read more
centralvalleygrl
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
36 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were happy to see that we could do a two-week "arc" of a Holland America "Grand Voyage" aboard their smallest ship, the Prinsendam. We spent 3 full days on our own in our embarkation city, Istanbul, before meeting an already-travelling ... Read more

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easylovecharlie
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2013
This was our third cruise on The Prinsendam in the last five years. We fell in love with the ship on our first cruise. Two years later we were disappointed in that while everything was just about perfect, the ship had aged. We booked this ... Read more
Loreto
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
1,458 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2012
This was a "Bucket List" cruise for us! My husband and I are 65 and Four Star Mariners with Holland America. I did a lot of reading about the Amazon, history and geography, prior to our departure and knew what to expect. I couldn't find ... Read more
Cruise4Sunshine
Member Since 2003
7 reviews
307 forum posts
0 helpful votes
There is a lot of unrest in the Middle East, needless to say. Our itinerary included: Athens (boarding), and it's general strikes a day before my arrival, Egypt (2 ports) just a few weeks after the American Embassy wall was breached, ... Read more
usually happy cruiser
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2012
In September 2012 I travelled with Holland America cruise line. It was a disaster and I totally recommend that you find another company to travel with. I fully recommend Princess cruise line which I have travelled with many times before. ... Read more
Naomi2
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
511 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our cruise was back to back so 28 days on the Elegant Explorer with only 6 sea days. Thus it was an adventure, not a sit and relax vacation. The weather was cool and sunny with temperatures in the low to upper 60's. I did not need the ... Read more

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ruetartin
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2012
After 28 days of sailing on the MS Prinsendam I could not wait to get home to eat decent food. The only meal that gets stars is breakfast. Although the crew smiles a lot (unlike the cruise we took on the MS Westerdam where NO ONE smiled) ... Read more
Cruizer Bill
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
1,295 forum post
2 helpful votes
After many years of meeting other HAL cruisers and reading their reviews on Cruise Critic, we had consistently heard that the Prinsendam was their all-time favorite ship. The reviews were almost unanimous. What is it that makes the ... Read more
Johncol
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
23 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2012
We embarked the Prinsendam at Amsterdam 0n July 12th 2012 for the fourteen day Norwegian cruise and then continued for a further fourteen days Amsterdam to Amsterdam visiting La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Hendaye,Bilbao, Dublin, Cornwall and ... Read more
Bonica Rose
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We were on the 30 day TransAtlantic and Baltic Sea Cruise on the MS Prinsendam in May and June 2012 (15 ports). What we liked: small and intimate ship which was easy to get around in and promoted familiarity with crew and other ... Read more
rbrad
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2012
We have done 8 HA Line cruises in a variety of ships, the most recent was Nieux Amsterdam in the western med last year. Felt that ship was too big, with too many commercial activities like art auctions, photo gallery, lots of shopping ... Read more
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