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ms Prinsendam
Ship Facts


  • Built 1987-1988 as Royal Viking Sun
  • Entered service with Royal Viking Line on December 16, 1988
  • Cunard Line bought Royal Viking Line in June 1994 - Cunard operated Royal Viking Sun until 1999
  • Carnival Corp. took over Cunard in 1999, transferred the ship to their Seabourn Cruise Line division as Seabourn Sun late that year
  • Ship transferred to Holland America Lines (HAL) on April 23, 2002, entered service with HAL on June 3, 2002
  • A previous HAL ship by this name burned and sank off the Alaska coast in 1980 - click here to read about it.

Postcard of the HAL liner Prinsendam, 2003

Technical Facts and Figures

Built at Wärtsilä Marine Industries Inc., Turku, Finland
Ship's Registry The Netherlands
Gross tonnage 38,000 grt.
Length extreme 669' 3" (204.00 m)
Beam waterline 94'10" (28.90 m)
Beam extreme 106' 0" (32.32 m)
Draft 22' 11" (7.00 m)
Top of mast above keel 147' (45.50 m)
Lateral projected area 48,593 sq. feet (5,115 sq. m)
Engines H.P. 4 x 7180.8 H.P - Medium speed diesel 530 RPM
(4 x Wartsila Sulzer type 8 ZAL 40 S)
Propellers 2 x 4-bladed CP System
Bow thruster 2 x 4-bladed CP Liaaen
Stern thruster 1 stern compass thruster 360 degrees rotateable
Rudders 2 semi-balanced (separately/combined)
Passenger capacity 793 (Lower berths)
Crew 443
Maximum passenger capacity 837
Service speed 18.5 knots
Maximum speed 21.8 knots
Passenger Accommodations (2004)
Penthouse Verandah Suite 1
Deluxe Verandah Suite 18
Superior Verandah Suite 50
Deluxe Verandah Outside 82
Large Outside 220
Single Outside 2
Standard Inside 25
Total Number of Staterooms 398
Public Rooms/Capacity (2004)
La Fontaine Dining Room 418
Odyssey Restaurant 48
Wajang Theatre 100
Queen's Lounge 424
Crow's Nest Lounge 100
Explorer's Lounge 36
The Lido Restaurant 171
Erasmus Library 6
Oak Room 20
Ocean Bar 90
Java Bar/Café 24
Meeting Rooms 48/16
Internet Center 11
Casino Blackjack tables; slot machines; dice table; roulette table; stud poker.
Spa Facilities Fitness center; dual saunas; massage rooms; beauty salon/barber shop; tennis practice courts.