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Prinsendam Review

2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Embarkation
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Prinsendam
4.0 / 5.0
204 reviews

Pros
Able to access small ports the big ships can't
Cons
Evening entertainment is dated and limited in scope
Bottom Line
Small, destination-focused ship with an adventurous spirit

About

Passengers
793

Crew
428

Passenger to Crew
1.85:1

Launched
2002/1988

Shore Excursions
0
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Sails From
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Marcia Levin
Cruise Critic Contributor

Prinsendam Overview

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

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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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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.


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Prinsendam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.9
Dining4.04.1
Entertainment3.03.6
Public Rooms4.04.3
Fitness Recreation5.03.6
Family2.0N/A
Enrichment5.03.7
Service5.04.6
Value For Money4.03.9

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Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 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
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  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
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  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Embarkation
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Holland America Prinsendam Member Reviews

kiwikaye
Sail Date: Mar 2019
Had sailed on Prinsendam 10 years ago and many other HAL ships since, but always intended to come back to the Prinsendam.... Read More
Captain Ricky
Sail Date: May 2019
I’m sorry to see Prinsendam go out of Holland America service. We’ve enjoyed Prinsendam in the past.... Read More
Captain Ricky
Sail Date: May 2019
Prinsendam has a capacity of 835.... Read More
StartrainDD
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Conclusion: Oh Prinsendam, Prinsendam, we will miss you Prinsendam. This cruise was a log of fun. With all the ports (except St.... Read More

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Rotterdam
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Amsterdam
4.0 / 5.0
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4.0 / 5.0
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Zuiderdam
4.0 / 5.0
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Westerdam

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Noordam
3.5 / 5.0
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Eurodam
4.5 / 5.0
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Traditional and upscale; emphasizes music and gourmet dining; features Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Onstage, B.B. King's Blues Club; holds about 3,000.

Nieuw Amsterdam
4.5 / 5.0
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Traditional emphasis on gourmet dining, live music and an impressive art collection; highlights are the Culinary Arts Center and B.B. King's Blues Club; holds fewer than 3,000.

Koningsdam
5.0 / 5.0
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Nieuw Statendam
4.5 / 5.0
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Holland America welcomes a second ship to its Pinnacle Class in 2018. Nieuw Statendam will follow in the footsteps of Koningsdam, the line's largest ship.

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