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Prinsendam Review

4.0 / 5.0
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204 reviews
15 Awards

This cruise packs a lot into 2 weeks, perhaps too much.

Review for Prinsendam to the British Isles & Western Europe
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Captain Ricky
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2019
Cabin: Deluxe Verandah Ocean-View Stateroom

The Celtic Explorer started in Dover and traveled to Jersey, Falmouth, Fishguard, Greenock, Skye, Mull, Dublin (2 days), Zebrugge, Antwerp (2 days) and Amsterdam. The main problem with this 12-day itinerary was that with only two sea days, ports came fast and furious. There was no sea day between embarkation and Jersey. For folks flying directly from the States there was no time to recover from jet lag.

If you get travel fatigue or suffer from jet lag this is something to consider.

This itinerary also had 4 tender ports. Two of them (Jersey and Fishguard) tended in rough seas. Some people opted not to go ashore or could not because of disability. Other tender ports were Skye, Mull.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Verandah Ocean-View Stateroom

Cabin A

The cabin had plenty of room, nice walk in closet and a very nice Veranda. It suffers from a lack of electrical outlets. I wish there was a light over each side of the bed that could be directed toward a book. There was a light next to the bed but it lit the whole room.

The toilet backed up several times during the cruise, So much that HAL comped us at one of the specialty restaurants. The bathroom could use a small night light.

Port Reviews

Greenock (Glasgow)

Spent most of the time visiting friends but i highly recommend St. Mungo's Museum of Religion, which explores the different faiths practiced in Scotland. St. Mungo's Cathedral is also very good.

Portree (Isle of Skye)

We loved it. We got off the ship, took a wildlife cruise. When we got back some of our cruisemates who had taken morning taxi tours had come back and we grabbed a cab for a drive around. We were there on a Sunday so public buses didn't work well.

Dublin

We've spent a bit of time here so we just wandered, when we found gallery that looked interesting we went in, when we heard music we liked we went in. We enjoyed Brewley's lunch theater in the cafe. Also the famine exhibit in a shopping mall on Grafton Street. Nice lunch at :The Church, north of the Liffey.

Antwerp

This port was the hit of the cruise. Two days were not enough. We got a mass transit ticket and wandered. The Art Noubeu part of the city is stunning. The Cathedral, Central Station, small churches with great art and the Mas Museum. We loved it.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is always a treat. We took an open boat on the canals this time and enjoyed the exhibits at Niew Kirk, it was retrospective of great news photos.

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