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We chose this cruise on the Prinsendam because of the variety of large and small ports and because of the great reviews we had read about the Prinsendam. We were not disappointed! Embarkation in Barcelona was a breeze - very few people checking in and we were onboard in a matter of minutes. CABIN We checked out our cabin which had two port holes. The configuration of the cabins on this ship is quite unique (I assume because it was built in 1988) in that instead of entering the cabin from the hallway two cabins share a short "hallway" and one enters the cabin at the side right beside the bed. There is a rather large (compared to other ships) closet which is walk in as well as a slightly larger than usual bathroom. DINING We enjoyed the meals immensely, the only disappointment being on the three gala nights when we found the selection not as good nor the usual alternatives (steak, chicken, salmon, etc) not offered. We had anytime dining and several different tables with wonderful service all most every night. There was an Italian buffet served on the open deck at lunch one day which was definitely a highlight, with a wonderful variety of food to choose from. The buffet in general had a good variety. ENTERTAINMENT The shows were very good considering there were only 4 singers and 4 dancers. One cannot say enough about the ship's band which seemed up to the challenge to play anything and everything extremely well. There was a virtuoso tenor on 2 nights who (despite my expectations) absolutely blew us away and his patter between songs really made the performance even more interesting. As well there was virtuoso pianist on 2 nights who also despite my expectations was incredible. We also dropped in on the lounges a number of nights. There was a cover band from the Phillipines who did a great to sound like the original songs but after a few nights the songs started to repeat. As well there was a lounge pianist/singer in the Crow's Nest from the UK who was OK but not quite our style. PORTS Sete, France - we arrived on market day and checked out the market. Other than the market not a lot going on. Calvi, France - we walked up to the top of the hill and surrounding area then down into the town. NIce walk and enjoyable. Livorno, Italy - took the ship's excursion to Florence and Pisa. FLorence wasabsolutely crawling with people and maybe my lack of interest in cultural things caused me not to enjoy Florence. PIsa was interesting to see the tower and take pictures. CIvitavecchia - because we have been into Rome twice before we did a cooking class with Francesco at the Aqua Restaurant in Civitavecchia. It was a unique experience and quite enjoyable with lots of laughs and very good food plus we got eat what we helped to make! Naples - did a ship's excursion to Herculaneum- which was interesting. Durres, Albania - nothing there - walked around for about an hour or so then back on the ship. Korcula, Croatia - this was the hidden gem of all the ports. A compact little port with lots of older buildings and lots of charm. It is an island which we could see ourselves returning to. Venice - first time in Venice and if did not disappoint. We will never forget arriving in Venice at 0645 to the sights of canals and boats buzzing everywhere. It is a very unique port and left a very favourable impression. We did the free walking tour which was informative. After lunch we took the opportunity for a gondola ride which was quite memorable - €80 for half an hour mid afternoon (later there was a rush hour of gondolas around 6PM and we were glad we had gone earlier. The gondolier serendaded us when we went down the smaller canals and the acoustics were wonderful. Dubrovnik, Croatia - we walked the wall and did the cable car. It was rather busy as it was a Saturday but quite enjoyed Dubrovnik. Interesting that even though Croatia is part of the EU one could not use Euros to pay for anything and had to exchange to Croatian cunas. Corfu, Greece - we did a taxi tour for 90 minutes. The tour involved a ride to a palace that the explored for 30 minutes then back to town. Overall the tour was not that exciting but the commentary and insights from our driver made it interesting. Rhodes, Greece - great substitution for Ephesus since HAL ships were not sailing to Turkey. The old town is quaint and quite enjoyable to walk around. Seems like anywhere outside Athens is has more charm. Santorini, Greece - our third time there - interesting port but too crowded. We did a ship's excursion to Oia and Thira which was OK. They basically tell you about the island enroute to Oia then you explore on your own for an hour or so then back to Thira. CREW As we had read in a number of reviews the Prinsendam's crew aimed to please. The hellos seemed genuinely friendly and they tried very hard to please and did not disappoint. We were quite surprised how many people were staying on for the next sailing (250 out of 650 guests) and some of those were were even staying on after that for a re-positioning to Fort Lauderdale. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience on the Prinsendam and would definitely sail on her again if we had the chance.

Prinsendam does not disappoint !

Prinsendam Cruise Review by YTOcruisers

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom
We chose this cruise on the Prinsendam because of the variety of large and small ports and because of the great reviews we had read about the Prinsendam. We were not disappointed!

Embarkation in Barcelona was a breeze - very few people checking in and we were onboard in a matter of minutes.

CABIN

We checked out our cabin which had two port holes. The configuration of the cabins on this ship is quite unique (I assume because it was built in 1988) in that instead of entering the cabin from the hallway two cabins share a short "hallway" and one enters the cabin at the side right beside the bed. There is a rather large (compared to other ships) closet which is walk in as well as a slightly larger than usual bathroom.

DINING

We enjoyed the meals immensely, the only disappointment being on the three gala nights when we found the selection not as good nor the usual alternatives (steak, chicken, salmon, etc) not offered.

We had anytime dining and several different tables with wonderful service all most every night.

There was an Italian buffet served on the open deck at lunch one day which was definitely a highlight, with a wonderful variety of food to choose from.

The buffet in general had a good variety.

ENTERTAINMENT

The shows were very good considering there were only 4 singers and 4 dancers.

One cannot say enough about the ship's band which seemed up to the challenge to play anything and everything extremely well.

There was a virtuoso tenor on 2 nights who (despite my expectations) absolutely blew us away and his patter between songs really made the performance even more interesting.

As well there was virtuoso pianist on 2 nights who also despite my expectations was incredible.

We also dropped in on the lounges a number of nights. There was a cover band from the Phillipines who did a great to sound like the original songs but after a few nights the songs started to repeat. As well there was a lounge pianist/singer in the Crow's Nest from the UK who was OK but not quite our style.

PORTS

Sete, France - we arrived on market day and checked out the market. Other than the market not a lot going on.

Calvi, France - we walked up to the top of the hill and surrounding area then down into the town. NIce walk and enjoyable.

Livorno, Italy - took the ship's excursion to Florence and Pisa. FLorence wasabsolutely crawling with people and maybe my lack of interest in cultural things caused me not to enjoy Florence. PIsa was interesting to see the tower and take pictures.

CIvitavecchia - because we have been into Rome twice before we did a cooking class with Francesco at the Aqua Restaurant in Civitavecchia. It was a unique experience and quite enjoyable with lots of laughs and very good food plus we got eat what we helped to make!

Naples - did a ship's excursion to Herculaneum- which was interesting.

Durres, Albania - nothing there - walked around for about an hour or so then back on the ship.

Korcula, Croatia - this was the hidden gem of all the ports. A compact little port with lots of older buildings and lots of charm. It is an island which we could see ourselves returning to.

Venice - first time in Venice and if did not disappoint. We will never forget arriving in Venice at 0645 to the sights of canals and boats buzzing everywhere. It is a very unique port and left a very favourable impression. We did the free walking tour which was informative. After lunch we took the opportunity for a gondola ride which was quite memorable - €80 for half an hour mid afternoon (later there was a rush hour of gondolas around 6PM and we were glad we had gone earlier. The gondolier serendaded us when we went down the smaller canals and the acoustics were wonderful.

Dubrovnik, Croatia - we walked the wall and did the cable car. It was rather busy as it was a Saturday but quite enjoyed Dubrovnik. Interesting that even though Croatia is part of the EU one could not use Euros to pay for anything and had to exchange to Croatian cunas.

Corfu, Greece - we did a taxi tour for 90 minutes. The tour involved a ride to a palace that the explored for 30 minutes then back to town. Overall the tour was not that exciting but the commentary and insights from our driver made it interesting.

Rhodes, Greece - great substitution for Ephesus since HAL ships were not sailing to Turkey. The old town is quaint and quite enjoyable to walk around. Seems like anywhere outside Athens is has more charm.

Santorini, Greece - our third time there - interesting port but too crowded. We did a ship's excursion to Oia and Thira which was OK. They basically tell you about the island enroute to Oia then you explore on your own for an hour or so then back to Thira.

CREW

As we had read in a number of reviews the Prinsendam's crew aimed to please. The hellos seemed genuinely friendly and they tried very hard to please and did not disappoint.

We were quite surprised how many people were staying on for the next sailing (250 out of 650 guests) and some of those were were even staying on after that for a re-positioning to Fort Lauderdale. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience on the Prinsendam and would definitely sail on her again if we had the chance.
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Cabin Review

Large Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin E 300
Two port holes
Roomy cabin (likely as the ship was built in 1988)
Good size walk in closet
Some noises from the anchor and other mechanical things on arrival/departure which could be disruptive on day when we arrived early in port.
Upper Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins