We have sailed larger ships, Explorer of the seas, and smaller ships, Windsuf. This was midsized and we loved the itinerary.
Our first observation was the age of the folks cruising on this ship. Many were in the 60-70. My wife and I are 46 and 52 respectively. But we got alone with everybody and the group was very cordial and full of experienced travelers. We learned a lot from them despite our extensive travels.
We had nice room on upper deck with verandah. Clean comfortable and enough room. It was much quieter than what I can imagine the lower aft decks would experience. Our steward was not good. He seemed to want to not do what we asked and we handled him accordingly. Otherwise the room was clean and well positioned to get to the gym, dining and the main deck with all the activities.
The food was very good in the main dining room and the dining staff there were great as were the servers in the other areas of the ship. Our waiter was excellent as was the wine staff. The only kink was the breakfast on the Lido deck. The short order cooks seemed to get easily flustered.
The music was terrific with a violin headed trio which really set the mood.
The shows were sort of wierd. The performers were very talented but made to perform in silly costumes and the songs were disjointed.
The gym was dated and the elliptical equipment needed upgrading. Otherwise, the saunas ans steambaths were great, I had them practically to myself, overall, the ship never seemed to crowded except on the Lido at breakfast.
The ports are listed below but one amazing highlight of this trip was traveling through the Kiel Canal on a perfectly sunny clear warm day. The vistas of the farm land, town and bridges were amazing. Passing through friendly towns, seeing the animals on farmland, traveling with bicyclists on the bike paths on land and passing the large ships was a full day of visual excitement
I would sail the Prinsendam again and love its size and intimacy.