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The “Elegant Explorer”
The elegant ms Prinsendam is seen here
She was once the much loved Royal Viking Sun / Seabourn Sun, but Holland America Line transformed her very much into their style of cruise ship. Already she has become known as the “Elegant World Explorer.” When HAL took delivery of her he received a massive 35-day transformation, after which she has emerged with a fine new alternative Restaurant, the Odyssey as well as a new Lido Restaurant, Ocean Bar, Art Gallery, Internet Center and a fully revamped Showroom. Prinsendam also has a new range of “lanai” staterooms.
Many will remember the luxurious Royal Viking Sun
“This ship has a very loyal following and a stellar reputation as a world cruiser. We’re sure that our guests will agree that the enhancements we’ve made have only increased its already high appeal,” said David A. Giersdorf, senior Vice President of marketing and sales. “We’re calling the Prinsendam our ‘Elegant Explorer’ to sum up its mid-range size, worldly destinations and elegant, sophisticated décor. The Prinsendam also offers an intimate, yet spacious, environment. With a 794-guest capacity, this ship has a space ratio of 47.86 - one of the highest in the industry.”
have been renamed to correspond with the naming system on board the HAL fleet.
Starting from the top deck, which on the Seabourn Sun was named the Observation
Deck, the passenger decks will be renamed as follows: Sky (Deck 13), Sports
(12), Lido (11), Verandah (10), Upper Promenade (9), Promenade (8), Lower
Other enhancements include a reconfigured La
Fontaine dining room, which has two dinner sittings. There is a new concierge
lounge for the exclusive use of suite guests, a modified Shore Excursion
Office, conversion of the present
Features that received minimal changes are the Crow’s Nest lounge on Sports Deck forward; the Java Café and Bar, centrally located on Promenade Deck; and the Oak Room, a dedicated smoking room, also located on Promenade Deck. The Casino on Promenade Deck and the well-appointed Ocean Spa on Upper Promenade Deck aft, were both renovated in 1999 and only received few modifications by HAL.
Another view of the Neptune Lounge
Swedish architect Tomas Tillberg, who designed
the ship’s original décor and led the 1999 update, oversaw the
renovations. Tillberg, with the assistance of architect F.C.J. Dingemans of
Following is an overview of various enhancements made
The Sky Deck houses a Holland America trademark Crow’s Nest Lounge. The intimate lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows, a piano, and spectacular views from high atop the ship.
ship’s present alternative restaurant on Deck 11 (to be renamed Lido
Deck) has been transformed into a new,
Forward of the pool area on Lido Deck, the
Prinsendam has a new concierge lounge to serve the suites on the Sports and
The Prinsendam features a new type of staterooms with the introduction of 10 “lanai” cabins. These staterooms, constructed in space formerly used as a lounge on Promenade Deck aft, have private lanais and share a private, covered deck and a hot tub.
The Queen’s Lounge (show room) on Promenade Deck forward has been redesigned. The room has a new stage and is equipped with the same state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment all of the company’s other ships use to produce their award-winning shows.
Java Café & Bar
The La Fontaine Dining Room, in the aft
section of Lower Promenade Deck, has been reconfigured to accommodate
The port side of the forward portion of the former dining room has been converted into an alternative Odyssey Restaurant, featuring Italian cuisine and Mediterranean décor. Opposite the Odyssey is a traditional Ocean Bar, with bandstand and dance floor.
Adjacent to either side of the Atrium on Lower
Promenade Deck, a new
The Spa entrance
The Spa Foyer
The Lower Promenade Deck contains the ship’s traditional walking area. A windshield has been added to protect walkers from wind and weather as they round the bow.
A volley ball/basketball court has been added,
consistent with the Holland America fleet. The ship also features a golf
simulation center on Main Deck. This virtual-reality golf game allows golfers
to “play” several famous courses around the world as well as
practice their golf swing and putting stroke. It is identical to simulators to
be installed on
ms Prinsendam is seen in
Photo by Dave-Edge
The Prinsendam offers nine passenger decks, plus 15 public rooms and boutiques. The staterooms include: one Penthouse Verandah Suite; 18 Deluxe Verandah Suites; 50 Superior Verandah Suites; 82 Deluxe Verandah Outside; 220 large double outside; 2 single outside; and 25 double inside. Of these, 151 (38 percent of the total staterooms) will have veranda’s.
Aboard the ship, guests will feel at home in
public rooms with familiar
It is a well known fact that I consider Holland America Line (HAL) to be one of the finest cruise companies in the business! This company has been in the passenger shipping industry since 1872 and the company continually set’s the standards and has received numerous awards and accolades for being one of the highest rated Cruise Line many years in a row, something few other cruise lines can boast!
Below are just a few of the Awards and Accolades handed to Holland America Line – and they deserve it!:
“The Highest Rated Cruise Line” – Conde Nast Travellers Readers; Choice Travellers Awards; Travel & Leisure Word’s Best Awards.
“Best Overall Cruise Value” – 17 consecutive years – World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society.
Deluxe Five Star Rating” -
“International Five Star
Diamond Award” – The
“Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction” – TravelAge West.
“Best Cruise Operator” (Internationally based) - AFTA award 2010 AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents) National Travel Industry Awards.
“Gold 2010 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert
Environmental Protection Award” - from
Leading Green Cruise Line Award” and the “
In 1989, Holland America Line became a wholly
owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp, however, HAL has thankfully 100% separate from Carnival as
all their ships are registered in Rotterdam The Netherlands, whereas P&O UK
and the Princess Cruises ships for example have been reregistered in Hamilton
Bermuda. In addition
Although this magnificent ship has received additional enhancements since I placed this page online, I have decided to leave it very much alone, for when you board her, I would like you to be simply be amazed by her sheer beauty and grace, and be assured, you will not be disappointed!
For a Holland America Line cruise brochure or for more information on their superb cruises from Australia or throughout the world, consult “The Cruise Specialists”, a Travel professional or call Holland America Line at 1300 987 322 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.au.
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