June 4, 2002
Holland America launched its newest, er, ship yesterday. The Prinsendam (formerly known as the Seabourn Sun) debuted in New York City with a big splash. The 38,000-ton, 794-passenger ship has been dubbed by HAL as the “elegant explorer” and, based on its exotic itineraries will serve as the line’s new pathfinder (that’s the ship cruise lines tend to use to test out unusual routes). Beyond the fact that, in this day of big-bigger-biggest Holland America is actually unveiling a ship that’s half the size of most of its fleet, the Prinsendam has been outfitted, in a 35-day renovation, with the usual HAL signatures. Traditionalists will be able to find old favorites like the Crow’s Nest, Explorer’s Lounge and Wajang Theater. One quirky new addition, however, is ten “lanai” cabins. These, constructed in space carved out of a lounge on the promenade deck, have private lanais and share a hot tub.