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Originally built for the unforgotten Royal Viking Line as the Royal Viking Sun in 1988, this handsome, mid-sized vessel left the Seabourn fleet in early 2002 to become Holland America Line's most intimate cruise ship. The premium cruise line aptly calls the Prinsendam its "Elegant Explorer".

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 Professional Reviews

Doug Eads, Contributing Editor

2004-09-26Western Mediterranean

The Prinsendam VINTAGE ELEGANCE ALIVE! It was a mild fall more

40users found this review helpful.

 User Reviews

  • Name Age # of Cruises Desitination
  • Garry Ashby 70 25+ Iberian and Gallic Explorer

    As usual, our cruise experience was great. The staff of the Prinsendam are among the best we have ever encountered. The food in the main dining room was interesting, well prepared, more

    12 users found this review helpful.
  • Carole Kemps 73 11 Baltic

    On whole this was an ok cruise. The ports were interesting especially Finland and St. Petersburg. The Prinsendam was in the poorest shape of any ship we have been on. The cabin furniture is more

    7 users found this review helpful.
  • Linda 70 27 Celtic Adventure

    We are 4 star HAL cruisers. Was on Prinsendam from Singapore to Beijing and Beijing to Osaka. This was when HAL introduced her as a new ship! After our initial disappointment, we grew to more

    11 users found this review helpful.
  • Andrea Davison 60 15 Black Sea

    The Prinsendam is a wonderfully elegant smaller ship. It's used by HAL to cruise around the world and as such, the service was excellent, the food was delicious (some of the best we've had more

    103 users found this review helpful.
  • Jim Thornton 75 20 Northern Europe

    The MS Prinsendam is one of Holland America's smaller ships that carry 793 passengers and a crew of 443. It was built in 1988 as the Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line and in less than more

    41 users found this review helpful.
  • Bruce and Dee Dee Baldwin

    n/a 36 New Zealand/Australia

    This is by far the most charming and intimate Holland America ship we have seen. The Prinsendam reminds me of the grand old days of cruising. By today’s standards, she is a more

    15 users found this review helpful.
  • Count Florida

    55-64 range 10 Transatlantic, European Highlights, and Baltic Summer

    Many passengers on the first few voyages of Holland-American Line’s Prinsendam believed (some had read) that it was a new ship. Most, however, seemed aware it was the former Royal more

    17 users found this review helpful.
  • Dustyn M. Sain

    51 8 Australia/New Zealand

    Please consider this review a warning if you intend to sail on the Holland America MS Princendam in the near future. Change your travel plans now if you can. This ship does not meet more

    54 users found this review helpful.
  • Nancy

    50 6 Baltic

    We just returned from a great cruise on the Prinsendam, the small size ship was easy to make friends and see them all the time... whether on the ship or in the ports. The more

    29 users found this review helpful.
  • Leon J. Makasjian

    34 Several Baltic

    We had the opportunity to sail three consecutive segments with the Prinsendam; we covered the Mediterranean; the Black Sea, and Northern Africa. A total of 48 consecutive days; August 30 more

    63 users found this review helpful.
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Ship Summary
  • Operator:Holland America Line
  • Capacity (double occupancy):794
  • Builder:Wärtsilä
  • Full Capacity:837
  • Inaugurated:1988
  • Space Ratio:47.7 / 45.2
  • Gross Tonnage:37,845gt
  • Crew:440
  • Length:669 ft. / 204 m