Prinsendam assumes World Cruising role
Feb 4, 2003
When Holland America Line (HAL) took transfer of the Seabourn Sun from associate company Seabourn in April 2002 it seemed somewhat puzzling, as the 37,845-gt, 766-passenger cruise ship, renamed Prinsendam in HAL colours, didn’t seem to quite fit in with the image of the other larger ‘dams’ of HAL, ships such as Amsterdam, Veendam and Rotterdam.
Now some of the thinking behind the move is perhaps a little clearer, following HAL’s announcement that Prinsendam will take over the World Cruises in the place of the 1,300-passenger, 60,847-gt Amsterdam for the 2004 season.
Prinsendam was of course built in 1988 as the Royal Viking Sun of Royal Viking Line with this sort of cruising in mind. When Cunard took over the ship in 1994 the name was retained, a tradition that continued after Royal Viking Sun was transferred to associate company Seabourn Cruise Line in 1999.
Prinsendam has undergone several changes on board following the latest transfer to HAL, with a complete refurbishment of public rooms already completed and refurbishment of passenger cabins due for completion during 2003. HAL now refers to their ‘new’ ship as the ‘Elegant Explorer’
Being a smaller ship Prinsendam will be able to call at several places barred to her larger siblings and is likely to prove popular and should be well filled for most segments of the World Cruise prior to setting off.
Prinsendam is scheduled to call at Durban on 3 June 2003 and Cape Town on 14 June.