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we chose this ship for the varied itnerary, and it travels r/t port everglades. we haven't been on a ship this small since the ncl starward in 1979. we have sailed many other cruise lines, but HAL gets first look due to the amazing crew. an 11:00 pm departure allowed for a seamless embakation. our balcony cabin was adequate and functional(most of the time). tired furniture and 1980 style tv not worthy of inflated cabin cost. sliding bathroom door wtth gaping side opening allows you to hear EVERY sound, so privacy is non-existent. no big deal, but kinda weird installation. the public areas are attractive and spotless, but only 4 elevators(fore and aft). this became an issue, due to one most always out of service, otherwise ship easy to navigate, which explains the median age of about 75 yrs old. more for the "young at heart" than young, this is classic 1960 cruising. other than ping pong and shuffleboard, that's the extent of outside"sports activity". there is a workout area with machines and weights to help fight the calories. we preferred breakfast in the main dinng room on sea days, and found the service excellent. the upstairs lido was rarely crowded, as there were only 650 passengers aboard. dinner in the main dining room was consistantly very good with few exceptions, and the service was exemplary, a HAL trademark. the few meals we had in the pinnacle steak house kept it's reputation of quality dinning. while the prinsendam gets only 3 stars as a ship(see above negitives), the 4th star was the"GRAND MED" ports of call. SIMPLY OUTSTANDING! CAPTAIN TIM kept us informed with daily updates with his wit and humility. Brett, our port excursion gude, did excellent commentaries on the dardannels and bosphoras(as we could not dis-embark in istanbul,HAL managed a rare cruise of the river). show lounge entertainment had typical highs and lows, but the adagio(violin and pianist) who played nightly, stole the show if you like classical music. show band played country western and other music in the lounge. prinsendam went to drydock after our cruise for lido renovation and engine upgrades. hopefully cabin renovations are to follow, legitellizing the premium price. a wonderful ship with stellar crew and great fellow passengers.

good ship

Prinsendam Cruise Review by race ave al

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
we chose this ship for the varied itnerary, and it travels r/t port everglades. we haven't been on a ship this small since the ncl starward in 1979. we have sailed many other cruise lines, but HAL gets first look due to the amazing crew. an 11:00 pm departure allowed for a seamless embakation. our balcony cabin was adequate and functional(most of the time). tired furniture and 1980 style tv not worthy of inflated cabin cost. sliding bathroom door wtth gaping side opening allows you to hear EVERY sound, so privacy is non-existent. no big deal, but kinda weird installation.

the public areas are attractive and spotless, but only 4 elevators(fore and aft). this became an issue, due to one most always out of service, otherwise ship easy to navigate, which explains the median age of about 75 yrs old. more for the "young at heart" than young, this is classic 1960 cruising.

other than ping pong and shuffleboard, that's the extent of outside"sports activity". there is a workout area with machines and weights to help fight the calories. we preferred breakfast in the main dinng room on sea days, and found the service excellent. the upstairs lido was rarely crowded, as there were only 650 passengers aboard.

dinner in the main dining room was consistantly very good with few exceptions, and the service was exemplary, a HAL trademark. the few meals we had in the pinnacle steak house kept it's reputation of quality dinning.

while the prinsendam gets only 3 stars as a ship(see above negitives), the 4th star was the"GRAND MED" ports of call. SIMPLY OUTSTANDING!

CAPTAIN TIM kept us informed with daily updates with his wit and humility.

Brett, our port excursion gude, did excellent commentaries on the dardannels and bosphoras(as we could not dis-embark in istanbul,HAL managed a rare cruise of the river).

show lounge entertainment had typical highs and lows, but the adagio(violin and pianist) who played nightly, stole the show if you like classical music.

show band played country western and other music in the lounge.

prinsendam went to drydock after our cruise for lido renovation and engine upgrades. hopefully cabin renovations are to follow, legitellizing the premium price.

a wonderful ship with stellar crew and great fellow passengers.
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Cabin Review

Vista Suite with Verandah
Cabin AA 143
tired furniture, tv and rug
Upper Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins