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Age: 70


Number of Cruises: 27

Cruise Line: Holland America

Ship: Prinsendam

Sailing Date: 2013-10-13

Itinerary: 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 love the size of the ship and took her again from Ft. Lauderdale, to Manaus and down to Rio.

My favorite Prinsendam voyage was from Amsterdam on the Voyage of the Vikings. The fijords were breathtaking. The scenery was so different. It was amazing cruising thru thick water, occasionally bumping ice. Our Captain said the Prinsendam had a rating to handle where we were, but if anything happened, no one was within 250 miles to help. Our voyage went to Spitzbergen, Longyearbein and beyond. Was wonderful going south to the Shetlands and Iceland.

Last month we took our fourth trip from Amsterdam around the British Isles & Ireland.

Read from some cruise critics that she looks tired and needs to be retired. We were so pleased to find that the interior furnishings were excellent. The carpeting was new, the back of the Lido is now enclosed and all the public places are still elegant. The only places I thought that needed help were the thresholds going in and out of several locations.

Heard from some rumors that our favorite ship had been sold and were told by HAL people in the know that that wasn't the case. Someone did say that below (places we don't see) are in bad shape. They speculated we would have her 3-5 more years.

The staff was wonderful, food great and entertainment outstanding. The people brought on board, especially, were outstanding. Bravo Prinsendam.

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