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  • Intimate ship, with contemporary amenities
  • Unique 14- to 73-day itineraries
  • Pinnacle Grill, HAL's signature alternative restaurant

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Prinsendam Overview

(4.0) 4.0 out of 5+ star rating
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 selecting a cruise -- especially because Holland America has continued to upgrade and refurbish Prinsendam since acquiring the ship from Seabourn in 2002.

The latest major upgrade was completed in late 2007 and the ship now carries on more Holland America traditions. It's got the line's signature Explorations Cafe by the New York Times, a lovely reading room and library. The Pinnacle Grill, Holland America's alternative restaurant that serves Northwest-inspired cuisine, has a fresh look and new menus. Cabins were refreshed with new carpets. And the ship, which has never been marketed as a family-friendly member of the HAL fleet, now operates the Club HAL kids' program (though there's no dedicated facility and counselors are only onboard during holidays when multi-generational groups are likely to be traveling).

This "Elegant Explorer" sails on longer range, exotic itineraries, including a Grand World Voyage and several Grand Voyages to destinations including Antarctica and the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The ship sails 14- to 73-day itineraries.

Originally named the Royal Viking Sun when it debuted in 1988, and later the Seabourn Sun, the vessel has always been one where passenger comforts rank high with officers and crew. That philosophy has continued with Holland America. The ship's guest relations desk, for example, is visited daily by passengers who just want to say "hi" to staff rather than to voice a complaint.

"As You Wish" dining was introduced on Prinsendam in May 2008, allowing guests to select either traditional pre-set seating or dining on a flexible schedule from 5:15 until 9 p.m. daily.

Ultimately, one of the most delightful aspects of Prinsendam is that it is utterly unique within the HAL fleet -- despite the many features, facilities and amenities consistent with newer, bigger vessels. It's still by and large a ship for more mature travelers who want classic style cruising and contemporary conveniences.
Prinsendam Fellow Passengers
Prinsendam appeals to well-educated, well-traveled passengers. They are inveterate travelers -- primarily from North America and the U.K. -- in their late 50's and older. You won't be dazzled by diamonds on this ship (although I spotted some "beauts"), but you will be awed by the intelligence, curiosity and enthusiasm of your fellow passengers.
Prinsendam Dress Code
Country club casual is the norm, but count on a few formal nights per cruises and as scheduled on longer voyages. Formal can be anything from a dark suit to a white dinner jacket for men and a sequined ball gown to a glitzy silk short over pants for women. Shorts and sleeveless T-shirts are never worn in dining rooms.
Prinsendam Gratuity
Holland America Line automatically adds $11.50 per person, per day, to onboard accounts; this is then shared among waiters, stewards and other service personnel. That amount can be adjusted in either direction by visiting the front desk. A 15 percent gratuity is tacked on to bar bills. Note that gratuities are not automatically included on bills for spa treatments.
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Prinsendam Member Reviews 104 Reviews
   Cruising the way it use to be
July 2014

We have always wanted to cruise on the Prinsendam. The size of the ship and it's unique itinerary has always been appealing. 60 days before sailing a good deal came via email for the trip around the British Isles and we jumped on it.

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   14 day Celtic Cruise
July 2014

This was our first cruise and probably our last on the Prinsendam. We have been on 3 other Holland America ships and really enjoyed the ship and the customer service, but sadly not this time.

For being Holland America's Flagship, it is a ...continue


   14 Day Celtic Explorer
July 2014

We embarked at the Ijmuiden port, it is a little out of the way. We booked our transfers privately and this worked very well and not expensive, we were a group of 8.

Embarkation worked well and our luggage was delivered in a timely ...continue


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Prinsendam Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
4.0
4.2
Public Rooms
4.0
4.4
Cabins
4.0
4.3
Entertainment
3.0
3.7
Spa & Fitness
5.0
3.6
Family & Children
2.0
3.0
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.3
Enrichment
5.0
NA
Service
5.0
4.7
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.8
Rates
3.0
3.7

Sailing From

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Baltic & Northern Europe
South America & Antarctica
Southern Caribbean
Transatlantic
Western Mediterranean

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Ship Stats
Crew: 428
Launched: 2002/1988
Decks: 8
Tonnage: 38,000
Passengers: 793
Registry: Netherlands
CDC Score: 98
 
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