Intimately scaled with a passenger capacity of just 835 guests, Prinsendam is the smallest vessel in Holland America Line’s luxury fleet. Her slight dimensions work emphatically in her favour; nimble and deft, she is perfectly sized to explore rare and exotic destinations that larger ships cannot reach. This makes to guarantee a one-of-a-kind cruise experience, steeped in an ambiance of exclusivity - and staffed by a gracious and attentive crew.
With her extraordinarily curated collection of original artwork, classical, refined interiors and soaring three-deck atrium complete with enormous glass sculpture, it is easy to see how Prinsendam earned herself the nickname “Elegant Explorer”. This magnificent vessel simply exudes sophisticated splendour as she embarks on pioneering voyages to some of the most fascinating corners of the world; from the distinguished mahogany-stained reading room to the whimsically marine-themed Ocean Bar, she harnesses a sense of individuality and adventure that make her truly stand out from the crowd.
Prinsendam boasts a wide variety of staterooms and suites spread across a number of categories, so each passenger can find the lodgings to suit them perfectly. Most staterooms are generously furnished with walk-in closets, expansive bathrooms and full-length bathtubs for a dash of decadence, while the sophisticated colour schemes and supremely softs beds present in each and every stateroom make for a warm and inviting ambiance.
All deluxe Neptune Suites include separate sleeping and living areas for an ultra-spacious and homely touch, as well as coffee tables and long verandahs so that passengers can revel in the panoramic sea views and share an intimate sunset from the privacy of their own quarters. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the room in light for an airy, relaxing feel. Those wishing to truly indulge in an unparalleled cruising experience should look no further than the majestic Pinnacle Suite: comprising a living room, dining area, private verandah, king-sized bed and bath with ocean-view whirlpool tub, it truly lives up to its name as the pinnacle of luxury.
All suite reservations also grant passengers access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge. Gorgeously appointed with stained glass insets, this high-end space offers all day coffee and tea, snacks, daily newspapers, Lonely Planet guidebooks and a private verandah. A true sanctuary amid the bustling decks, it even has its own library.
Prinsendam simply abounds with exciting and varied cuisine in a diverse range of settings, leaving its passengers spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. The main restaurant, La Fontaine, is a refined and sophisticated space beautifully appointed with an ornate chandelier and wraparound windows to fill the space with light and command panoramic views of the extraordinary and ever-changing sea and skyscapes. A truly wondrous setting from which to sample the gourmet menu, share a glass of wine with friends and lose yourself in the soothing views. The menu itself draws inspiration from the surrounding regions, allowing passengers to sample authentic local culinary specialties alongside classic favourites cooked up by the professional onboard chefs. Those looking for a more relaxed bite to eat should take a stroll along to the Terrace Grill, serving up gourmet burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and other all-American favourites in an informal outdoor setting – while the Vista Lounge offers a delectable and richly-varied menu of vegetarian options to work your way through, including such delights as chipotle quesadillas, Portobello mushrooms and spicy lentil and garbanzo salad.
Should you be looking to indulge just that bit more, a trip to the Pinnacle Grill truly immerses you in the throes of gastronomic luxury. Holland America Line’s signature alternative restaurant draws inspiration from the Pacific Northwest, inviting you to settle down to a lavish meal of lobster, crab cakes, responsibly-raised beef steak or outstanding lamb shank in a softly atmospheric setting. Or for something still different, pay a visit to the cosy Canaletto Restaurant for outstanding Italian cuisine in a charming clandestine spot adorned with Venetian paintings.
The decks of Prinsendam are simply teeming with places to explore and nooks to curl up in as the daytimes slip by in dreamy relaxation. While away the afternoon in the Explorations Café, a cosy reading room and library furnished with puzzles and music listening stations for a peaceful, bookish afternoon – or challenge a friend to a game of giant chess up on the main deck, followed by trying your chances in the onboard casino. Perhaps you would prefer to sip a coffee, listen to a seminar or share stories with friends old and new in the inviting Ocean Bar, followed by a trip to the Wajang Theater to lose yourself in a film with a bag of freshly-popped popcorn.
As the evening draws in, Prinsendam truly begins to come alive and show its glittering true colours, with the Queen’s Lounge at its very epicentre: a lavish theatre stylishly decorated in rich reds and polished woods, it evokes a classically glamorous ambiance and has capacity for around 420 spectators for the night’s entertainment. Expect glitz and glamour as a wide-ranging host of musicians, illusionists, dancers, magicians and vocalists take to the stage to wow the audience night after night with talents both impressive and surprising (have you ever seen a professional whistler?). When the ship is docked, local entertainers are also invited onboard to showcase regional dance, music and traditions.
Those looking for a more understated evening’s entertainment should head to the Crow’s Nest observation lounge, where the resident musician will delight and enchant with his performances on the grand piano – against the stunning backdrop of an inky, star-studded sky.
The Sea View Pool on the Upper Promenade Deck offers a sumptuous space to swim laps or simply lounge in the waters as you absorb the astonishing sea views – or, for a more sociable swim with friends, the Lido Pool features two small circular pools and one whirlpool for your aquatic pleasure. The aptly-named Sports Deck is abundant with spaces to exercise both individually or as part of a team; featuring a croquet court, bocce ball court, putting green and jogging track, it is the ideal spot to re-energise and perhaps play a friendly competition with your fellow passengers.
The onboard fitness centre is also equipped with exercise and weight-training equipment, and resident trainers offer group exercise classes such as yoga, Pilates and spin for those wishing to work off some energy and greet the day feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Should you wish to truly pamper yourself, head to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon to indulge in a soothing spa or beauty treatment, or have an indulgent detox in the sauna. Elegantly decorated in Greco-Roman style, it promises to transport you to an oasis of calm as you relax your body and revitalise your spirit.
Prinsendam has an extensive itinerary of classes, lectures and demonstrations available to sharpen the intellect, inform the mind and develop skills you didn’t know you were capable of.
Lectures delivered by engaging and knowledgeable local experts focus on such myriad topics as politics, sociology, geology and history, often focusing on the culture and traditions of the surrounding areas so passengers can cast a better-informed eye on their environs as the ship docks. Those truly taken by the exquisite onboard cuisine should look no further than the Culinary Arts Center, an innovative initiative allowing professional chefs demonstrate how to prepare regional gourmet dishes in front of an audience of passengers – and with the Queen’s Lounge empty of performers during the daytime, the area is converted into a studio space for dance and music lessons. From arts to computer classes, rumba to fruit carving, you are bound to try something completely new.