We chose this cruise because it had more stops around Iceland than any other and because it was on the Prinsendam, which I have always wanted to experience. We were not disappointed, quite the contrary. We sailed from Amsterdam. Checking-in and boarding was a breeze - effectively we arrived at the terminal, almost walked straight through and were in our cabin in a matter of minutes. That set the scene for the whole cruise. Our first stop was Edinburgh, where the Tattoo was on , along with the Fringe Festival, which meant it was very busy. We were berthed a Rosyth, which is across the Firth and a way out of the City, but not as inconvenient as we thought it might be. There was a shuttle bus to the closest train station, then a train ride into the City. Spent the day looking around and then returned to the ship by train and shuttle in time for dinner. The next stop was Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. A neat little town. Hopped on the local free bus and did a tour around to get a feel of the place. The Crown Prince of Denmark and his family arrived there during the morning and we saw him and his wife (Princess Mary, an Australian - from Tasmania) at an open-air reception in the Town Centre. We then sailed to Iceland , which was the main destination for the cruise. We had five stops in Iceland: Djupivogur, Akureyri, Isafjorour, Reykjavik and Heymaey, and all of them were marvellous. Wow! Iceland is a great destination! We then headed back to Amsterdam, with a stop at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands.
Life on board more than lived up to our expectations.
The food was excellent. We ate in the Lido for Breakfast and Lunch, and in the Main Restaurant every evening. Great choices and good quality.
We went to the entertainment every night and were very satisfied with the variety and quality. On two occasions I even went back for the second performance of the early show.
We attended all the Port previews and learned a lot. The presenter was an expert in his field; outstanding!
Our cabin was comfortable, adequate, and well maintained. The staff did a great job each day and were able to come in when we were either at meals or off the ship.
In summary, a great cruise.
Having now sailed on the Prinsendam, I am pleased we did so before she will be retired from the Holland America fleet in 2019.
Comfortable, clean all one can expect.