Great little ship: Prinsendam Cruise Review by GirlGuider

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Great little ship

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: London (Tilbury)
This was a very port-intensive cruise, with only 2 sea days in 14. It was like a bus tour, only you unpack once!

This was our first time on the Prinsendam and we loved the fact that it is small enough to get into some interesting ports, yet has all the amenities of larger ships. Small, but perfectly formed. Our cabin (outside) was a really good size with walk-in closet, lots of storage and a bathtub. The only problem with the tub is the side is very high and would be a problem for anyone with mobility issues.The ship itself is really in need of a major overhaul. It is really clean, but showing her age - rust, tired tenders. Having said that, we would travel on the Prinsendam again, in a minute.

The food on the ship was excellent, service excellent, personnel wonderful and the shows very good.

One thing we especially liked were the touches specific to this cruise: pipers greeting the ship on arrival in most Scottish ports, pipe bands, on-board local More entertainment.

We started and ended in Tilbury, down the Thames from London. It is easily accessible from the Fenchurch Street train station (near Tower Hill Tube station). HAL provided a free shuttle to the port, but you need to lug your bags up the stairs and over the tracks. We took a cab for 5 pounds.

In many of the ports, free shuttles were provided to either the closest town/city or a train station. The Travel Guide, Daniel gave excellent advice and talks on the ports.

This ship and her itineraries are for "Port Collectors", a term we learned on this cruise. The ports are varied and interesting. Many are not on the usual cruise ship circuit. We stopped in Ilfracombe, England and they had not had a cruise ship in for 8 years. We were given an extremely warm welcome, including the Mayor and a band. We took far too many clothes for this cruise. We were told there would be 4 formal nights (2 a week) - there were 3. As this is such a port-intensive cruise and most passengers we more interested in the touring aspect, the attire was definitely smart-casual most nights, and the majority of passengers were in suits for the men and nice evening wear for the women on the formal nights. There were some tuxes and glitz, but not as much as we usually see on HAL. Depending on your itinerary, mix and match and layering works.

A hidden gem is the pool at the stern of the ship, just behind the Spa. Less

Published 07/30/11

Cabin review: G330 Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Great location, right near forward elevator and stairs. Often right beside the gangway - depending on the level needed. This was a plus! Never bothered by noise. This cabin, like almost all on the Prinsendam, has a full-sized bathtub. The side, however, is really high and could be an problem for anyone with mobility issues. I am 5'3" and had to hoist my leg over! Great walk-in closet with lots of hanging space and storage. 2 lock-able drawers, as well as the usual safe.

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Port and Shore Excursions

There was a free shuttle taking us into town, near Trinity College. There was a hop-on-hop-off bus stop right there. The HOHO bus tours in every city are great because you get a guided tour of the city and can get off at all the major sites and reboard once you are done. There are all sorts of things to see and do in Dublin and it is a really walkable city, if you like walking! The HOHO bus took us everywhere we wanted to go.

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We docked in Rosyth, the port across the Firth of Forth. Holland America provided a free shuttle to the commuter train, which took us into central Edinburgh. We were very easily able to tour the town on our own. We went to Edinburgh Castle (excellent). Edinburgh is very hilly with stairs and hills everywhere. Do your research on what you want to see. This is not a city which can be covered in only 1 day.

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