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Holland America Line: Prinsendam

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Prinsendam Review

Holland America Line has enjoyed a distinguished record of traditional cruises, world exploration, and transatlantic crossings since 1873—all facets of its history that are reflected in the fleet's multimillion-dollar shipboard art and antiques collections. Even the

ships' names follow a pattern set long ago: all end in the suffix dam and are either derived from the names of various dams that cross Holland's rivers, important Dutch landmarks, or points of the compass. The names are even recycled when vessels are retired, and some are in their fifth and sixth generation of use.

Noted for focusing on passenger comfort, Holland America Line cruises are classic in design and style, and with an infusion of younger adults and families on board, they remain refined without being stuffy or stodgy. Following a basic design theme, returning passengers feel as at home on the newest Holland America vessels as they do on older ones.

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What You Should Know


  • Magnifying makeup mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers are in all accommodations
  • The sports deck has bocce and croquet courts as well as putting greens
  • With classic styling, Prinsendam feels more like a large yacht than a cruise ship


  • Inside staterooms are small and have two lower beds that cannot be combined
  • Prinsendam is more adult-oriented than other HAL ships and not particularly family-friendly
  • There's little nightlife after dinner
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 470
  • Entered Service 1998
  • Gross Tons 37,983
  • Length 669 feet
  • Number of Cabins 419
  • Passenger Capacity 835
  • Width 106 feet

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