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MS Prinsendam

Capacity
793
Crew
443
Tonnage
38,848
Length
674.2 ft (205.5 m)
First voyage
2002
Decks
9

MS Prinsendam (formerly Seabourn Sun and Royal Viking Sun) is a cruise ship for Holland America Line and is nicknamed the Elegant Explorer. She was launched in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line, and was renamed "Seabourn Sun" when Seabourn Cruise Line acquired the ship in 1999. Shortly after, in 2002, Seabourn wished to concentrate on smaller vessels. So, in 2002, they transferred the ship to Holland America Line, where she was renamed the Prinsendam.

Early career

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MS Prinsendam

Capacity: 
793
Crew: 
443
Tonnage: 
38,848
Length: 
674.2 ft (205.5 m)
Beam: 
91.8 ft (28.0 m)
First voyage: 
2002
Decks: 
9

MS Prinsendam (formerly Seabourn Sun and Royal Viking Sun) is a cruise ship for Holland America Line and is nicknamed the Elegant Explorer. She was launched in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line, and was renamed "Seabourn Sun" when Seabourn Cruise Line acquired the ship in 1999. Shortly after, in 2002, Seabourn wished to concentrate on smaller vessels. So, in 2002, they transferred the ship to Holland America Line, where she was renamed the Prinsendam.

Early career

Launched in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line this vessel quickly became renowned for her exquisite service and loyal passenger following. She became a popular addition to the fleet of Global Cruisers employed in Royal Viking service.

Cunard Line career

Cunard purchased Royal Viking Sun (and the Royal Viking brand) as the failing Royal Viking Line ceased operations in the mid-1990s. Opting to keep the ship's name as is, they placed her into the newly formed Cunard Royal Viking division and painted her funnel in Cunard colors. This 5-plus star ship was rated the finest vessel afloat for most of her life with Cunard.

Royal Viking Sun undertook World Voyages as Cunard's Global Roamer, and was a popular and highly sought after ship for passengers and crew alike.

In 1999 Cunard and Seabourn were merged by parent company Carnival Corporation. It was decided to move Royal Viking Sun to Seabourn, and after an extensive refit she emerged as the Seabourn Sun. In 2002 she undertook her last cruise for Seabourn, a circumnavigation of South America.

Holland America Line career

After another extensive refit in 2002, Seabourn Sun re-emerged as the Prinsendam for Holland America Line - another division of the Carnival Corporation. She has remained as Prinsendam to this day. She is dubbed the Elegant Explorer as she is much smaller in size and passenger capacity and generally offers boutique, different destination cruises within Holland America Line.

On 1 February 2007, Prinsendam was hit by two 12-metre (39 ft) tall rogue waves near Cape Horn. There were around 40 injuries, with some requiring hospitalisation.

Prinsendam currently does multiple Grand Voyages every year, currently (as of 2011) she does a South American/Antarctica in Jan/Feb and Mediterranean/Black Sea in Mar/Apr. The Prinsendam is one of 2 Holland America Line ships that visit Antarctica, the other one is the ms Zaandam

Prinsendam is one of only a handful of cruise ships that can transit the Kiel Canal, due to her low height above the waterline.

On 22 March 2012 Prinsendam, was en route to Portimao, Portugal, when she received a distress call from a Portuguese fishing boat with eight people aboard. The boat was sinking and the crew was abandoning ship. When the ship arrived, the fishing boat crew was entering a life raft. The Portuguese Coast Guard directed Prinsendam to pick up the fishermen and stand by for a helicopter to take the eight men to shore.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
MS_Prinsendam_(1988)

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The Showroom At Sea

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Talented performers take to the stage nightly in the ship’s magnificent theatre or in The Showroom at Sea, a contemporary take on a classic nightclub featuring state-of-the-art theatre technology.

Therapy Rooms

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Observation Deck

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Spectate the mighty ocean, breath in fresh ocean air - and enjoy your life!

Future Cruises

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Fitness Center

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Take a class in our professionally staffed Fitness Center equipped with the latest cardio and weight machines. On deck are basketball and volleyball courts and two refreshing pools.
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Shop

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Enjoy a wide variety of duty-free shopping in the Signature Shops such as Merabella, a luxury jewelry boutique featuring high-end watches and pieces from noted designers.

Whirlpools

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There's no place better to relax and to forget about all problems of the big world!

Front Office

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Do you want to send fax or letter? Are you looking for a place to get cash advances? Have you got any problems with your onboard identification card? Welcome to Front Office - our staff will gladl...
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Sea View Bar

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Sip refreshments poolside in shaded seating around the bar or delivered to your sunny chaise lounge.