Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Holland America Line has announced the sale of the MS Prinsendam to the German travel and cruise company, Phoenix Reisen. The Prinsendam has been chartered back to HAL and will continue its planned itinerary through July 1, 2019. At that time, Holland America will absorb the remaining Prinsendam voyages into those of the Rotterdam, Veendam and Volendam.
I’m writing this post because we have traveled aboard the Prinsendam many times and have a deep and enduring fondness for this unique ship. She is known as the “Elegant Explorer” for her classic style and intimate size (she carries a total of 835 passengers.) The Prinsendam can enter and explore ports that larger ships cannot.
We first sailed aboard the Prinsendam in October, 2009 to the Mediterranean and Black Seas (then repeated and expanded the experience in 2015); in 2011, and again in 2013, we sailed the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Kiel Canal; the most amazing cruise EVER was the South America and Antarctica adventure in 2014. Our last voyage aboard the Prinsendam was in 2015.
Here is our photo tribute to a grand vessel: