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 came up (2 months out) with some really good pricing, we knew we had to try it (even though we were headed to Antarctica in January).
We loved the ship - there were many repeat travelers, but for many it was their first on Prinsendam. I was glad it hadn't been totally turned into a mini-HAL ship, but that while they've done some upgrading, it still has some of her "elegant explorer" left.
We had an inside cabin, and while we are not used to twin beds, I wanted to experience these little cabins. We usually book inside, so that wasn't different, but I loved the layout of the cabin. At first it seemed like a postage stamp size, but soon was just a wonderful cozy place. The open space in the main cabin area was much more spacious than in other cabins we saw during the cruise. Just the basic cabin set-up with walk-in closet was great. I definitely hope to sail on her again.
We were also drawn to the eastern Mediterranean itinerary. Egypt had been cancelled prior to our booking (which probably impacted the pricing for us) - for obvious security reasons. There was every reason to think at the time of our booking that Israel would also be cancelled, but the tensions settled and we had a wonderful 2 1/2 days in Israel.
We booked the entire Collector's Voyage, including the TA to Ft. Lauderdale. As it happened, we had the privilege of sailing with the captain who took her out for the first time many years ago. It was fun to hear his insights into the building of the ship as well as his general knowledge of this ship that is so unlike the other HAL ships.
HAL passengers really enjoy the smaller ships, even if they don't have the chance to sail the Prinsendam - HAL would be wise to heed these voices when they build newer and bigger (but for many of us, not better) ships.