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The Elegant Explorer
elegant ms Prinsendam is seen here whilst visiting
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. Were sure that our guests will agree that the enhancements weve made have only increased its already high appeal, said David A. Giersdorf, senior Vice President of marketing and sales. Were 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.
Decks 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 Promenade (7),
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 Crows 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 ships 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 Crows Nest Lounge. The intimate lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows, a piano, and spectacular views from high atop the ship.
The ships present alternative restaurant
on Deck 11 (to be renamed Lido Deck) has been transformed into a
Forward of the pool area on Lido Deck, the
Prinsendam has a new concierge lounge to serve the suites on the
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 Queens 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 companys other ships use to produce their award-winning shows.
Java Café & Bar
The elegant Explorers Lounge
The La Fontaine Dining Room, in the aft section
of Lower Promenade Deck, has been reconfigured to accommodate
La Fontaine Restaurant
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 ships 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
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 verandas.
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 sets 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 Words Best Awards.
Best Overall Cruise Value 17 consecutive years World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society.
Deluxe Five Star Rating -
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.
2010 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection
Award - from the
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
The delightful ms Prinsendam
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