MS Prinsendam (1988)
|Name:||1988–1999 Royal Viking Sun
1999–2002 Seabourn Sun
|Operator:||1988–1994 Royal Viking Line
1994–1998 Cunard Line
1998–2002 Seabourn Cruise Line
2002– Holland America Line
|Port of registry:||1988–1999: Nassau, Bahamas
1999–2002: Oslo, Norway
2002–2013: Rotterdam, Netherlands
|Builder:||Wärtsilä in Turku, Finland1|
|Christened:||8 January 19891|
|Acquired:||November 26, 19881|
|Identification:||Call sign: PBGH
IMO number: 8700280
MMSI number: 244126000
|Nickname:||2002– Elegant Explorer|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class & type:||Cruise ship|
|Length:||674.2 ft (205.5 m)|
|Beam:||91.8 ft (28.0 m)|
|Draught:||23.6 ft (7.2 m)|
|Decks:||9 passenger decks|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) (max)
18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph) (service)
|General characteristics (2002-present)|
MS Prinsendam (formerly Seabourn Sun and Royal Viking Sun) is a cruise ship for Holland America Line and is nicknamed the Elegant Explorer. She was launched in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line, and was renamed "Seabourn Sun" when Seabourn Cruise Line acquired the ship in 1999. Shortly after, in 2002, Seabourn wished to concentrate on smaller vessels.2 So, in 2002, they transferred the ship to Holland America Line, where she was renamed the Prinsendam.
Launched in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line this vessel quickly became renowned for her exquisite service and loyal passenger following. She became a popular addition to the fleet of Global Cruisers employed in Royal Viking service.
Cunard purchased Royal Viking Sun (and the Royal Viking brand) as the failing Royal Viking Line ceased operations in the mid-1990s. Opting to keep the ship's name as is, they placed her into the newly formed Cunard Royal Viking division. This 5-plus star ship was rated the finest vessel afloat for most of her life with Cunard.3
Royal Viking Sun undertook World Voyages as Cunard's Global Roamer, and was a popular and highly sought after ship for passengers and crew alike.4
In 1999 Cunard and Seabourn were merged by parent company Carnival Corporation. It was decided to move Royal Viking Sun to Seabourn, and after an extensive refit she emerged as the Seabourn Sun. In 2002 she undertook her last cruise for Seabourn, a circumnavigation of South America.
After another extensive refit in 2002, Seabourn Sun re-emerged as the Prinsendam for Holland America Line - another division of the Carnival Corporation. She has remained as Prinsendam to this day. She is dubbed the Elegant Explorer as she is much smaller in size and passenger capacity and generally offers boutique, different destination cruises within Holland America Line.
Prinsendam currently does multiple Grand Voyages every year, currently (as of 2011) she does a South American/Antarctica in Jan/Feb and Mediterranean/Black Sea in Mar/Apr. The Prinsendam is one of 3 Holland America Line ships that visit Antarctica, the other two being ms Veendam and the ms Amsterdam.
Prinsendam is one of only a handful of cruise ships that can transit the Kiel Canal, due to her low height above the waterline.
On 22 March 2012 Prinsendam, was en route to Portimao, Portugal, when she received a distress call from a Portuguese fishing boat with eight people aboard. The boat was sinking and the crew was abandoning ship. When the ship arrived, the fishing boat crew was entering a life raft. The Portuguese Coast Guard directed Prinsendam to pick up the fishermen and stand by for a helicopter to take the eight men to shore.6
- (Swedish) Fakta om Fartyg: M/S Royal Viking Sun (1989), retrieved Dec 7, 2007.
- "Seabourn Sun To HAL". Findarticles.com. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-09-14.dead link
- "Royal Viking Sun on Unofficial Cunard Archives". Chriscunard.com. 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
- Cunard Line Website for Royal Viking Sun
- Liu, Paul C. (2007). "A Chronology of Freaque Wave Encounters". Geofizika 24 (1): 57–70. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- Prinsendam Engages in Successful Rescue Operation
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to MS Prinsendam.|
- Official Prinsendam page on HollandAmerica.com
- Royal Viking Sun Video Clips
- "Royal Viking Sun". Chris' Cunard Page. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
- "Prinsendam" – review by Douglas Ward in The Daily Telegraph, London.