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pilimili
Nov 05, 2015

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.

glomarrone
Dec 27, 2011

On any ship consider presenting the cabin steward with a small tip right at the beginning of the cruise if you desire extra consideration such as wanting more ice in your room. You will find that the steward never forgets your needs.

Falcon10156
Jun 28, 2014

Older ship - classic cruise style. I love this ship although it is older it has unique features.

sueb84
Jan 04, 2015

This is HAL's most popular ship, due to it's smaller more intimate spaces. A lot of the people on the ship have cruised on the Prinsendam in the past. The ship is a little tired looking but the spaces are still enjoyable.

rsternsail
Aug 01, 2015

Most welcome feature is it's small size.

cmlitwa54
Sep 06, 2015

Ths size was nice for locations but too small for activities. The other issue was you had to look at the daily activity sheet or you would miss an activity

jmreed82
Oct 20, 2015

The main reason we have sailed so many times with Holland America Line is the size of your ships. We could not, for example, have enjoyed the visit to Bordeaux on a typically larger ship of other lines. There were no crowds to contend with, and the general air was one of complete satisfaction.

tkmcgowan
Jan 07, 2016

Check cabin bed configuration prior to accepting assignment

genetrudi
Jun 22, 2016

The Prinsendam has been beautifully renovated. It is a small ship and you will get to know many of the guests by sight. Very comfortable and plenty to do. You will never be bored.

Cruiser69832720
Aug 08, 2016

NICE SIZE BOAT NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE AND EASY TO GET AROUND. AND TO MEET PEOPLE. DINING HOURS WERE NOT A CATTLE CALL. WAIT STAFF VERY GOOD.

Catrinatravels
Oct 18, 2016

If they offer a Scotch tasting evening, go! We had a terrific time. The host was so entertaining and so were the other guests. Lots of fun and good tasting!

smf25
Nov 23, 2016

Ship is low key. Many people love it and do back-to-back cruises on her at least once a year. But it is low key. No Las Vegas atmosphere. No disco. No water slides or climbing wall. Know what you are looking for. This is not for everyone.

Culturalcruise
Jan 12, 2017

What the vessel lacks in modern bells and whistles, it makes up by the very positive attitude of the whole crew.

floraagana
Dec 21, 2016

Its a small ship which I prefer. Its a little bit outdated but cosy and nice.

wcward41
Dec 21, 2016

best of HAL -- smaller goes to great spots that behemoths cannot

redunn301
Mar 23, 2017

This ship is small, about 850 passengers maximum. The entertainment possibilities are somewhat limited. The average age of the passengers is senior citizen, 70+ for the majority.

sritacco
May 23, 2017

Staff is excellent. Small size affords the opportunity to meet and know other passengers and crew.

retthink
May 29, 2017

Don't over pack and if you bring your own DVD's make sure they are not Blu Ray and will play on older devices.

Rinatiki
Jun 28, 2017

spend your money on another Cruise line instead of HA

rosepetersen
Dec 25, 2017

We eat I. The Lido, and we are early people, so we never had crowds. My tip is to eat early