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Prinsendam Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Prinsendam Cruise Review by babs711

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Verandah Ocean-View Stateroom

Chose this cruise based on itinerary. Had 4 ports scheduled for Ireland but wound up with 5 ports because the ship was not able to dock in Bristol.

Prinsendam is the smallest HAL ship which makes it possible to go into smaller ports.

Our cabin 147 was very quiet, which was one of the main considerations for choosing it.

Dining room and Lido buffet very good. We ate in 3 specialty restaurants, one of them twice and , though they were good, decided that was too many times since the dining room had a good selection and good food. Also enjoyed the burgers at the Dive In, by the pool.

Service was excellent all around.

Good variety of professional entertainment in the main showroom. We enjoyed Adagio classical music in the Explorers lounge.

We used the HAL shore excursions and had great excursions everyday! Just 2 sea days on our leg of the cruise and we needed those rests.

This was our 2nd cruise with HAL (Alaska with Denali last time). We will definitely go with HAL again.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Verandah Ocean-View Stateroom
Cabin A 147

Cabin 147 had a great midship location on deck 9. Balcony was nice, no lifeboat directly below. Very quiet, could only hear sliding doors when neighbors went out to balcony.

No bathtub, just shower which was fine for us. Also a walk in closet with plenty of storage space.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

More interesting and active than expected. A couple of stops, one at a small chapel made with pottery, glass (similar to Watts towers in L A).

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