Posted by: cruise2 | 2 October, 2009

PRINSENDAM Receives New Cabins


As part of the continuing Signature of Excellence enhancement programme, Holland America Line has announced the addition of 22 new staterooms to Prinsendam. The drydock will occur in Freeport, Bahamas, from January 4 through 13, 2010.

Prinsendam continues to be a ship with one of our most loyal followings,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programmes. “The new staterooms will mostly be verandah cabins. This will also allow us to create some other very special additions.”

With the addition of cabins aft, the pool deck will expand with more space and many more deck chairs for passengers to enjoy. A new sea-view bar will be created to enhance the ambiance further.

Sixteen of the new staterooms will be deluxe verandahs and two will be slightly smaller verandahs. Four will be standard inside staterooms. As customary with all Prinsendam accommodation, appointments will feature elegant bathrooms and recently redesigned closet space. Amenities feature Mariner Dream Beds, 250-count linens, Elemis spa bathroom amenities, large vanity mirror, stainless steel fruit basket, flat panel television and DVD player, quality shower head, and more. Passenger capacity of the vessel will increase from 793 to 837.

New cabins will be fully finished while under way and ready to book for the 54-day Quest of the Argonauts voyage, sailing March 24 roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale to the Mediterranean, Black Sea and back. The ship sails a leisurely eastbound course across the Atlantic for an extensive Mediterranean exploration with calls at ports in more than 10 countries, including Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Russia, Georgia, Greece and Turkey. The cruise includes overnight stays in Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal and Istanbul, Turkey, as well as late-night departures in Athens and Santorini, Greece, and Lisbon, Portugal. Prinsendam will visit Bermuda and New York City before returning to Fort Lauderdale.

Other standard maintenance and technical service will take place along with upgrading laundry and galley equipment.

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  1. I have had a previous encounter with refurbishment of the MV Prinsendaam; this happened immediately following her purchase from Seabourne Cruise Lines. Allegedly she had just come out of a refurbishment and we were on her second voyage following the alleged repairs. [Baltics Sea] All was not well, on the contrary. I forwarded my concerns to HAL and received a US $500.00 voucher for my wife and me in response.
    So, maybe travelling on her prior to the reoairs being accomplished is actually better than following the refurbishment, who knows what one might find.

    • Point well taken. The ships often are not fully ready when they come out from dry-dock/refurbishment. Remember the Queen Elizabeth 2 fiasco? You have a certain outlook to travel just after a vessel is out of the shipyards. Imagine Prinsendam a quite different ship from when I sailed in her as Royal Viking Sun. Thank you for your input.

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