Prinsendam
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By Marcia Levin
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Prinsendam Overview

Editor's Note: Prinsendam will be leaving the Holland America fleet on July 1, 2019. 

Editor's Note: During a May 2016 dry dock, Prinsendam received a slew of cosmetic updates -- including overhauls to the buffet and all suites. 

Prinsendam, Holland America's smallest vessel, is considered its pathfinder. This is the ship to choose if far-away destinations, longer-than-usual itineraries and superb value for money are key factors in selecting a cruise -- especially because Holland America has continued to upgrade and refurbish Prinsendam since acquiring the ship from Seabourn in 2002.


The latest major upgrade was completed in 2016 and the ship now carries more Holland America staples. It's got the line's signature Explorations Cafe by the New York Times, a lovely reading room and library. The Pinnacle Grill, Holland America's alternative restaurant that serves Northwest-inspired cuisine, has a fresh look and new menus. Cabins were refreshed with new carpets. And the ship, which has never been marketed as a family-friendly member of the HAL fleet, now operates the Club HAL kids' program (though there's no dedicated facility and counselors are only onboard during holidays when multi-generational groups are likely to be traveling).

Originally named the Royal Viking Sun when it debuted in 1988, and later the Seabourn Sun, the vessel has always been one where passenger comforts rank high with officers and crew. That philosophy has continued with Holland America. The ship's guest relations desk, for example, is visited daily by passengers who just want to say "hi" to staff rather than to voice a complaint.

"As You Wish" dining was introduced on Prinsendam in May 2008, allowing guests to select either traditional pre-set seating or dining on a flexible schedule from 5:15 until 9 p.m. daily.

Ultimately, one of the most delightful aspects of Prinsendam is that it is utterly unique within the HAL fleet -- despite the many features, facilities and amenities consistent with newer, bigger vessels. It's still by and large a ship for more mature travelers who want classic style cruising and contemporary conveniences.

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About Holland America Prinsendam


Able to access small ports the big ships can't

Con

Evening entertainment is dated and limited in scope

Small, destination-focused ship with an adventurous spirit


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Fellow Passengers

Prinsendam appeals to well-educated, well-traveled passengers. They are inveterate travelers -- primarily from North America and the U.K. -- in their late 50's and older. You won't be dazzled by diamonds on this ship (although I spotted some "beauts"), but you will be awed by the intelligence, curiosity and enthusiasm of your fellow passengers.


Holland America Prinsendam Dress Code

Country club casual is the norm, but count on a few formal nights per cruises and as scheduled on longer voyages. Formal can be anything from a dark suit to a white dinner jacket for men and a sequined ball gown to a glitzy silk short over pants for women. Shorts and sleeveless T-shirts are never worn in dining rooms.


Holland America Prinsendam Gratuity

The automatic tip for passengers staying in interior, oceanview and verandah cabins is $14.50 per person, per day. Passengers in suites will be charged $16 per person, per day.


Holland America Prinsendam Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Public Rooms
2018 Best for Service
2018 Best for Value
2017 Best for Embarkation
2017 Best for Entertainment
2017 Best for Service
2017 Best for Shore Excursions
2017 Best for Value
2016 Best Overall
2016 Best for Embarkation
2016 Best for Value
2014 Best for Value

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Deck:
Dolphin Deck
Main Deck
Lower Promenade Deck
Promenade Deck
Upper Promenade Deck
Verandah Deck
Lido Deck
Sports Deck
Observation Deck

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Holland America Prinsendam Ship Stats

  • Crew: 428
  • Launched: 2002/1988
  • Decks: 8
  • Passengers: 793
  • Registry: Netherlands
  • CDC Score: 98
Prinsendam Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 2.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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StartrainDD
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Prinsendam European River Explorer 4-24-19 Note this is a long; log-style review. For just the summary scroll on down to the end. We left Pennsylvania on Monday evening April 22 on American non-stop...Read More
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hal84
Sail Date: Oct 2018
We wanted to cruise on prinsendam one last time before she was sold. We flew to lisbon and was very surprised on what a nice city it is. Saw jeronimos monastery which is over 1000 years old. alfama area...Read More
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cyzanzubi
Sail Date: Dec 2018
I really wanted to try the Prinsendam while she is still under the HAL flag. Everything I heard about the passengers and the staff was spot on. Everyone was friendly and approachable. The staff was competent...Read More
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Alexander1942
Sail Date: Aug 2018
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...Read More

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