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