Prinsendam Cruise Review by SophiePrincess: Amazon explorer
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Destination: South America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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 we reached the Amazon. Our room was fine with a walk in closet and full bath facilities. The food was excellent in all the areas. Unlike the larger ships, there is no sandwich area, but the salads etc were good. We had one meal at the Pinnacle and enjoyed that.
The service is excellent, thanks to the wonderful Indonesian and Filopino crew.
The entertainment by the ship's singers and dancers was very good and the guest entertainers were varied.
This was a cruise that started in Florida, stopped at the British Virgin isl, St. Bates, then Devil's isle before traveling up the Amazon as far as Manaus. The 6 stops were varied and interesting, with the highlight being the Bambara show at Paritiens. Manaus is a busy city but has an More interesting opera house etc. On the way out of the Amazon, we stopped in Barbados, Curaçao, and Aruba. There is not much wild life to be seen along the river, but it was interesting to see.
One slight disappointment was the topics selected for the guest lectures. They focused on terrorism and world economy rather than the Amazon history etc. there happened to be a group of Road Scholars aboard and my husband and I were able to hear their lectures on the Amazon history, flora and fauna.. Less
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