HAL sets inaugural voyages for Prinsendam

NEW YORK -- Holland America Line's Prinsendam, scheduled to join the HAL fleet on April 23, 2002, will cruise in Asia, Australia and Europe during its inaugural season, according to HAL officials.

The vessel is being transferred to HAL from its sister line, Seabourn Cruise Line.

The ship, which formerly sailed as the Seabourn Sun and as Cunard Line's Royal Viking Sun, will undergo a 35-day refurbishment that will include the construction of 13 additional staterooms.

After the drydocking, the 38,000-ton, 784-passenger Prinsendam will host five days of introductory events for East Coast travel agents and consumers, including a naming ceremony.

Regular sailings are slated to begin June 3 with a 10-day transatlantic voyage from New York to Southampton, England, with port calls at Halifax, Nova Scotia; Cobh, Ireland, and Plymouth, England.

That sailing will be followed by a series of 13- and 14-day cruises from Amsterdam; Copenhagen, Denmark, and London through Aug. 21.

On Sept. 3, Prinsendam will sail from Lisbon, Portugal on the first of two 13-day eastern and western Mediterranean cruises.

"This will be one of the most exciting cruise programs ever created by HAL," said David Giersdorf, the line's senior vice president, marketing and sales. "This ship already has a sterling reputation as a world cruiser."

Prinsendam's 2001 schedule will conclude with Mediterranean cruises in September, and 16- to 18-day cruises calling in Australia, India, Israel and Southeast Asia.

In all, the ship will offer 25 10- to 18-day cruises in its inaugural year, which can be combined to create longer journeys of 26 to 57 days.

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