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We wanted to see Norway, and what better way than more than a dozen ports in 20 days, in addition to Copenhagen and IJmuiden. Both embarkation and disembarkation went well, and we used HAL's transfers, since IJmuiden is a bit difficult to get to from Amsterdam. We booked an interior, but used an ocenaview behind a lifeboat incentive at no cost, then found ourselves in a Vista Suite (129) on the starboard side. Loved the walk-in closet, the storage, the balcony and seating area. Bed was great, and the cabin stewards were excellent. Found the food fine - but boy HAL seems to have it in for folks who like vegetables as part of their dining room main course - and consistently asked for a bowl or plate of vegetables for the table when we made our selections. We were on the final voyage of the singers and I think the dancers, so their performances were bang on. Most of the guest entertainment was good. We felt we had hit the jackpot when Patrick McMahon appeared. We saw him last year and found him top notch. You either love him or hate hime - think of a musical Robin Williams on steroids, and you get the idea of the style and pace of his show. We found the service to be fine, but more and more "the old ways" are no longer. Some lost things are for the better, and some not. The serving staff are run off their feet, and most do a bang-up job. All the ports were wonderful, and most of the shore excursions offered hit the nail on the head. Some were exhaustingly difficult (the 2 hour each way over very uneven rocky terrain Pulpit Rock hike), and others were sleepable. We chose to do some of our own explorations. Amazing that some of those little towns can absorb a cruise ship or two. We loved the Prinsendam No Monster of the Seas ships for us. We even find the larger HAL ships not as us-friendly as we'd like - even though they're great. We also got lucky with the Captain - Dag - our "disembodied voice from the Bridge" who convinced HAL to have Bard Kolltviet as a lecturer on things Norwegian. He stopped us north of Nordkapp to unload fresh cod and king crab from a fishing vessel, and off a small town to stock up on brown cheese. In addition, we left a port early to have an extended side trip down a neighbouring fjord. We were also given stop-and-rotates a couple of times. Passing Elsinor Castle, the 7 Sisters Archipelago, Nordkapp at midnight, and a pod of orcas, he broke in to identify each for us. And he dove in for the Polar Bear Swim among the ice cubes fully clothed. Location Guide Kevin gave informative information, as did Cruise Director Linda, and Culinary Arts Centre Host Verity and Show Host Phi did great jobs too. Tom Anderson gave his largely American perspective on things maritime. Found our time booking ahead with Future Cruise Consultant time well spent. No we won't be back - there's too much more in the world to see, but we'd like to do more Baltic ports, however since most itineraries include St. Petersburg, we realize we're hurting ourselves by morally and philosophically boycotting a certain imperialistic Russian former KGB agent who carries himself sort of like Mussolini, or a little French General. Would love to embark again on the Prinsendam. May have to try a Voyages To Antiquity or Azamura offering.

Prinsendam to the Land of the Midnight Sun

Prinsendam Cruise Review by rocky beach

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
We wanted to see Norway, and what better way than more than a dozen ports in 20 days, in addition to Copenhagen and IJmuiden.

Both embarkation and disembarkation went well, and we used HAL's transfers, since IJmuiden is a bit difficult to get to from Amsterdam.

We booked an interior, but used an ocenaview behind a lifeboat incentive at no cost, then found ourselves in a Vista Suite (129) on the starboard side. Loved the walk-in closet, the storage, the balcony and seating area. Bed was great, and the cabin stewards were excellent.

Found the food fine - but boy HAL seems to have it in for folks who like vegetables as part of their dining room main course - and consistently asked for a bowl or plate of vegetables for the table when we made our selections.

We were on the final voyage of the singers and I think the dancers, so their performances were bang on. Most of the guest entertainment was good. We felt we had hit the jackpot when Patrick McMahon appeared. We saw him last year and found him top notch. You either love him or hate hime - think of a musical Robin Williams on steroids, and you get the idea of the style and pace of his show.

We found the service to be fine, but more and more "the old ways" are no longer. Some lost things are for the better, and some not. The serving staff are run off their feet, and most do a bang-up job.

All the ports were wonderful, and most of the shore excursions offered hit the nail on the head. Some were exhaustingly difficult (the 2 hour each way over very uneven rocky terrain Pulpit Rock hike), and others were sleepable. We chose to do some of our own explorations. Amazing that some of those little towns can absorb a cruise ship or two.

We loved the Prinsendam No Monster of the Seas ships for us. We even find the larger HAL ships not as us-friendly as we'd like - even though they're great.

We also got lucky with the Captain - Dag - our "disembodied voice from the Bridge" who convinced HAL to have Bard Kolltviet as a lecturer on things Norwegian. He stopped us north of Nordkapp to unload fresh cod and king crab from a fishing vessel, and off a small town to stock up on brown cheese. In addition, we left a port early to have an extended side trip down a neighbouring fjord. We were also given stop-and-rotates a couple of times. Passing Elsinor Castle, the 7 Sisters Archipelago, Nordkapp at midnight, and a pod of orcas, he broke in to identify each for us. And he dove in for the Polar Bear Swim among the ice cubes fully clothed.

Location Guide Kevin gave informative information, as did Cruise Director Linda, and Culinary Arts Centre Host Verity and Show Host Phi did great jobs too. Tom Anderson gave his largely American perspective on things maritime. Found our time booking ahead with Future Cruise Consultant time well spent.

No we won't be back - there's too much more in the world to see, but we'd like to do more Baltic ports, however since most itineraries include St. Petersburg, we realize we're hurting ourselves by morally and philosophically boycotting a certain imperialistic Russian former KGB agent who carries himself sort of like Mussolini, or a little French General.

Would love to embark again on the Prinsendam. May have to try a Voyages To Antiquity or Azamura offering.
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Cabin Review

Vista Suite with Verandah
Cabin AA 129
Excellent especially when you've paid for an interior.
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