Culinary arts was good. Service was excellent. Intimacy was best because of size of ship and lower number of people. Activities were of the right level. Able to relax and decompress.
The Antarctic 4 days was the best part of the cruise, followed by the Amazon. I highly recommend this cruise. The ports of call are varied and the excursions offered are quite varied and there is one to suit everyone's taste.
There were several best parts to the holiday cruise. The itinerary was very good because we visited a number of smaller and less traveled islands. The service and food were excellent on the ship. All of the shore excursions were purchased through HAL and were well worth the money. The Prinsendam is a small ship by today's standards, but we found it to be a better experience than the bigger options. Due to the age of the ship, the furnishings are somewhat worn and should be replaced. We never felt crowded or rushed and fellow passengers tended to be more polite than we have experienced in the past.
Exploring the Amazon was the best part of this cruise. Becoming familiar with the flora and fauna was truly once in a lifetime experience. Walking through the tropical rain forest, seeing the beautiful flowering trees and experiencing the antics of the manatees and pink dolphins was a never ending source of amazement.To listen to Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in the resplendent Manaus Opera house was a truly unique musical experience, one that I will remember for a long time. Meeting the local residents along the river was a revealing moment. The smells and sounds of the great river were totally outstanding and could not have been imagined without being there.
Total Passengers: 835
Total Crew: 470
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1.78
Built: Jan 1988
Refurbished: 8 yrs ago
Number of Decks: 9
Total Cabins: 419
Cabin Categories: 53
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If you sail on this vessel, even if you go to warm climate, bring a winter coat, they keep the public areas very cold, 60 degrees. The vessel is old and dated.
We eat I. The Lido, and we are early people, so we never had crowds. My tip is to eat early