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This was our second cruise with Holland America, and first on Prinsendam. We have also cruised with Azamara, Oceania, NCL, Windstar, Louis, Katarina and several river cruise operators. This cruise was 20 nights, starting and finishing in Amsterdam. The ship was looking a bit worn in places. The public areas were in better state. Our cabin was looking tatty. Our first HAL cruise was on the Zaandam, when we found the food to be boring, bland and repetitive. On this second cruise we again found the food to be mainly pretty boring, with a distinct lack of vegetables. The service in the Lido Market was pretty good, particularly from the two wait staff we saw most of. However the area never seemed very clean – there were always excessive food scraps all over the floor. We did not eat in the Main Dining Room, partly because of reports that the service was extremely slow and we preferred to get through meals at our own pace. Also, on checking the menus for the MDR and the Lido the food was the same in both venues. There were 2 lecturers. Both were okay, but the one who did fewer lectures had a much more engaging manner. The entertainment was quite good. We enjoyed most of the shows by the onboard entertainers as well as the guest entertainers. There was also a piano/violin duo which we enjoyed after dinner each evening. Weather meant we could not stop at Heimaey. That port was replaced with Scrabster, but when we got there it was too windy to get into the harbour, so that port was also cancelled. Weather can’t be helped, but we were disappointed to miss Heimaey. We had been to Iceland before, so a lot of the places visited on this cruise were not new to us. Iceland is an interesting country and has some impressive scenery, but it did not have the wow factor for us. Holland America would not be our choice of cruise line, but if the itinerary was of interest we would consider it.

An ordinary cruise

Prinsendam Cruise Review by roaming_kiwi58

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
This was our second cruise with Holland America, and first on Prinsendam. We have also cruised with Azamara, Oceania, NCL, Windstar, Louis, Katarina and several river cruise operators. This cruise was 20 nights, starting and finishing in Amsterdam.

The ship was looking a bit worn in places. The public areas were in better state. Our cabin was looking tatty.

Our first HAL cruise was on the Zaandam, when we found the food to be boring, bland and repetitive. On this second cruise we again found the food to be mainly pretty boring, with a distinct lack of vegetables. The service in the Lido Market was pretty good, particularly from the two wait staff we saw most of. However the area never seemed very clean – there were always excessive food scraps all over the floor. We did not eat in the Main Dining Room, partly because of reports that the service was extremely slow and we preferred to get through meals at our own pace. Also, on checking the menus for the MDR and the Lido the food was the same in both venues.

There were 2 lecturers. Both were okay, but the one who did fewer lectures had a much more engaging manner.

The entertainment was quite good. We enjoyed most of the shows by the onboard entertainers as well as the guest entertainers. There was also a piano/violin duo which we enjoyed after dinner each evening.

Weather meant we could not stop at Heimaey. That port was replaced with Scrabster, but when we got there it was too windy to get into the harbour, so that port was also cancelled. Weather can’t be helped, but we were disappointed to miss Heimaey.

We had been to Iceland before, so a lot of the places visited on this cruise were not new to us. Iceland is an interesting country and has some impressive scenery, but it did not have the wow factor for us.

Holland America would not be our choice of cruise line, but if the itinerary was of interest we would consider it.
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Cabin Review

Vista Suite with Verandah
Cabin A 156
We took an upsell from an ocean view cabin on deck 5 to a verandah cabin on deck 9.
The room was comfortable enough, but looking tatty, particularly around the verandah door.
Our room stewards did a good job. The location was convenient.
Upper Promenade Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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