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Holland America Line’s Prinsendam to Leave the Fleet July 1, 2019

Holland America Line announced that Prinsendam has been sold and will leave their fleet July 1, 2019, and transfer to the German cruise company Phoenix Reisen. Following the sale, the 37,983-ton, 835-guest Prinsendam is being chartered back to Holland America Line to continue sailing its planned voyages through July 1, 2019.

Prinsendam’s itineraries from July 1, 2019, onward are scheduled to be assimilated by Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam. Holland America Line is reaching out to booked guests and their travel professionals to re-accommodate guests on these cruises.

“Prinsendam has proudly served our guests since 2002, and we share in the fondness that many of our loyal cruisers have for this special ship,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “As we look to the future and focus on delivering the programming and innovations that our guests are asking for, we remain focused on exceeding guest expectations on every cruise and will continue to offer the unique itineraries that Prinsendam sailed on our other, smaller ships.”

Prinsendam was built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line. The ship was operated by Cunard Line from 1994 through 1998 and then transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line, where it became Seabourn Sun in 1999. In 2002 the ship joined the Holland America Line fleet and was renamed Prinsendam.

Phoenix Reisen is a Germany-based travel agency that also operates a fleet of cruise ships and first began operating cruises under its own brand in 1988. Today, its ships include ms Amadea, ms Artania, ms Albatros and ms Deutschland, and the company also operates approximately 50 riverboats.

27 Comments
  • Jaap Lievisse Adriaanse

    So sad to see her leave the fleet . On our second to last cruise on the Rotterdam in april, the captain mentioned that “ Seattle “ would continue sailing with smaller ships .
    Too bad the Prinsendam isn’t one of them .

  • Alex IJske

    It is a black day today. We have just made a cruise to Norway with this beautiful ship.
    I hope that de Prinsendam will be replaced by a ship with about the same size.

  • Robert Pressrich

    Although many of us have long expected this, it is still a sad day to see it officially in writing from Mr Ashford himself.

  • Jacqui

    I am officially in morning.

    The quality ship in the fleet that could do rivers and many different ports leaving the fleet.

    there is not another ship that can replace her or the many ports she went to that the others couldn’t. A real loss. I’ll enjoy my last cruise on her next year but it will be sad to get off and never get back on.

    HAL should replace her, but they won’t. Sad.

  • Marilyn brenner

    After four long trips on our favorite ship we will miss her.

  • Rick

    So and one of the grand ladies of the seas

  • Mark flake

    We have sailed the Prinsendam several times and loved it. Our favorite ship. So sorry to hears she’s leaving the fleet. Our trip in June 2019 is on her and hope it will be as memorable as the others. Love HAL

  • juan martinez

    I did sailed on the Prinsendam wen she was Royal Vikin Sun, I was on board wen she went aground entering the Suez Canal, I was singing on the passengers choir that evening, they say that the choir was so gut , that we brough the ship down!!!!!! The hotel director Peter Einfield, was a friend of mine , we did worked together onboard MS Gripsholm SAL
    Very sad to know that she goes to Phoenix Reisen, well I will start learning German. Greetings to all from Juan

  • Alice Waugh ****Mariner

    We are saddened to hear that you have sold the Princendam. We are booked September 16, 2018, I am glad we are sailing one more time on her. Gorgeous ship, I hope you will be adding another smaller ship to your fleet.

  • Loretta Lucas

    Sad to see her go. Please replace her with another small ship. The giant ships are a dime a dozen these days.

  • (Mary) Damaris Wescott

    This is indeed a BLACK DAY. We all knew it was coming and we all prayed we would not be able live to see it come to pass. I hate big ships (anything bigger than the Amsterdam) so I will now have to start gaining loyalty points with a new cruise line which sails such ships. Such a shame after spending all those years and voyages accumulating Mariner Stars with Holland America! Therefore it is with a very heavy heart that I wish the Prinsendam Aloha.

  • Lynne Paul

    We have taken Prinsendam twice. Too bad but I guess it is time to move on.

  • Barbara

    DEVASTATED! The Prinsendam is by far our favorite ship in the fleet – head and shoulders above the others! She has offered so many unique experiences because of the wide variety of ports she can access. As another person in this thread stated, I am officially in mourning.

  • Sandra and Ken iverson

    Very very sad . We love Holland America but the Prinsendam is our very favourite ship. We will miss her so much. On our last trip we didn’t realise it would be our last time. Great memories!

  • Brendan Coory

    It is totally wrong to expect Volendam and her sisters to replace a quality ship like Prinsendam with all those wooden features, walk in wardrobes, full size baths….and I could go on

    Farewell Holland America from us 4 star Mariners

  • Bobbie

    This is sad news. I’m so glad we sailed on her just a few weeks ago. It was our first time, and we fell in love with ms Prinsendam. All of the crew and Captain Dag were just incredible. Simply the BEST service we have ever experienced on any cruise.

  • John Taylor

    Sorry to see her go, bring back more “small” cruise liners 800 -1500pax.
    We enjoyed our Baltic cruise on her 2012

  • Erna Oosterling

    This morning we were informed that our trip on the Prinsendam is cancelled due to her leaving the fleet. We very much looked forward to this very special Amazon Explorer trip starting November 20th 2019. Although the trip will be peformed by the Volendam, which also is a beautiful ship, she will not be able to meet the special feel of the Prinsendam. We are not sure if we will accept the offer to board the Volendam in stead, as we are not sure the trip will visit the same ports, which is also disappointing as this trip was meant to be for our 40th wedding anniversary.

  • Richard Hooper

    I am on the Veendam right now on my way back to Boston from a cruise to Cuba and otherwise. My wife and I booked a May 6, 2019 Prinsendam cruise two days ago. Tonight our dinner mates mentioned that they had heard that the Prinsendam had been sold. I am glad to find out that our cruise will not be affected. I think I will investigate the remaining cruises to see if we can get on another Prinsendam cruise before July 1, 2019.

  • Katherine Dooley

    So sorry to hear this. My favorite ship and I am happy to be sailing on Prinsendam on July 15. My mother sailed on this ship many years ago when it was the Royal Viking Sun.

  • Marcel

    Sad to hear this news. The Prinsendam just has that feel of elegance and wecome home when you got back from a trip something that I mis with al other ships. As it was my favorite ship whish they had reverb it in stead of selling it.
    MS Prinsendam you will be missed, you where more than a little ship you where emotion.

  • Janet& Carl Aldrin

    We just returned from an excellent cruise to Norway on the Princendam. We had a wonderful time. Everyone on the ship when out of their way to give us a fun, relaxing cruise. So sorry to see this small ship go. We have many wonderful memories.

  • Colleen

    So sad! We just returned from 56 days on the Prinsendam. Such a beautiful ship with the best crew and staff one can imagine. We are now **** and half of our cruising days have been aboard the Prinsendam. We will probably stick to HAL, but will be checking out other lines with the smaller ships. No “Hotel on a Barge” for us.

  • Peggy Rahkola *****

    It truly is a dark day. She is our favorite ship and loved circumnavigating So America on her. Our most memorable cruise. Please keep smaller ships – have no desire to cruise on a giant impersonal ship.

  • Bob Thoms

    One of the many nice things about the Prinsendam is that she can get into places where the others cannot. One example is the Keil Canal.
    Her size and quality of staff gave me that “small town” atmosphere. Three days after embarkation, everyone knew me by name, and guided me to my favorite seat in the dining room, to great live entertainment and dancing in the Explorers Lounge. Service was unmatched!!
    As a result, the Prinsendam provided me with the best vacations I’ve ever had, thanks the crew, staff and friends that I met while aboard her, I must confess to a lot of fond memories. Even tho I’ve got one more adventure aboard her, I can say without a doubt that she will be sorely missed!!
    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

  • Julie

    Thank you for the sentiments about Prinsendam. The wonderful thing about HAL is our mid-sized ships. Maasdam has some incredible new EXC In-Depth cruises. And don’t forget about Veendam, Amsterdam and our other perfectly sized ships.

  • Julie

    Hi Peggy, thank you for your note. While Prinsendam may be leaving, don’t forget about Maasdam, Veendam, Amsterdam and our other perfectly sized ships.

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