Little San Salvador, a Bahamian out-island, was renamed Half Moon Cay by Holland America Line to honor Henry Hudson’s ship, which is also depicted on the cruise line’s logo, as well as to reflect the beach’s crescent shape.
Even with development, the island is still so unspoiled that it has been named a Wild Bird Preserve by the Bahamian National Trust. Excursions include a guided kayak adventure on Bone Fish Lagoon, a protected habitat and home to numerous native species of flora.
Of special note, the Horseback Riding by Land & Sea excursion sets out on a ride along winding trails up to the highest point on the island for a panoramic view before your horse is “dressed” up for swimming in a special saddle pad and a rope halter (no saddle), after which you venture into the ocean for the sensation of riding a horse while it’s swimming.
Half Moon Cay also has a water park with waterslides for family fun, and air-conditioned private cabanas can be rented for your own beachfront retreat, with or without the services of a personal butler.
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Destination Collectors. Holland America Line’s expansive fleet sails to more than 320 ports on the nearly 500 cruises offered annually from 27 homeports. Itineraries range from two days to 108 days and visit all seven continents.
Premium ship lovers. Holland America’s ships are mid-sized, carrying from 793 to 2,104 passengers, and featuring wraparound teak decks and staterooms that are on average 25 percent larger than other ships in its class.
World cruisers. Holland America Line has operated world cruises for more than 25 years..
Long cruisers. Holland America Line’s Grand Voyages allow passengers to explore a specific region of the world on an extended Holland America cruise. Combine Grand Voyages to circumnavigate the globe.
Holland America Line's smallest and oldest ship, the 38,000-ton, 837-passenger Prinsendam is cozy and appealing for anyone interested in a more traditional, old-world cruise experience with plenty of teak wood and antiques. Built in 1988 (as the Royal Viking Sun), the vessel was briefly part of the fleet of luxury brand Seabourn before joining Holland America, and over the years she has been extensively renovated.
Public Rooms & Activities on Prinsendam
Public rooms include the mellow and sophisticated Explorer’s Lounge, the popular Ocean Bar for dancing to the tunes of a live band and people watching, and the Crow’s Nest bar with gorgeous panoramic views from the top of the ship. You’ll also find a casino, show lounge, space for HAL’s Culinary Arts demo kitchen, and the Explorations Café, a combo Internet center, coffee bar and library, with plenty of comfy seating and an extensive collection of books.
Prinsendam is not a ship geared to children, though if there are a number of kids aboard, supervised Club HAL programs for kids and teens are offered in public rooms.
There are two pools and a lovely traditional wraparound promenade for strolls and lap walking. There’s a small gym, tennis practice courts and a Greenhouse Spa.
Dining on Prinsendam
The Prinsendam’s one-level dining room offers ocean views, and so does the indoor/outdoor Lido buffet restaurant. The ship also has the intimate Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant for steaks and seafood.
Staterooms & Suites On Prinsendam
Nearly half of the cabins have private verandas, all outside cabins have both a tub and a shower (a rarity in today’s cruise industry), plus flat-panel TVs and DVD players, terry-cloth bathrobes, massage shower heads, lighted magnifying makeup mirrors, and super comfy bedding.
Prinsendam belongs to a class of its own. Specially designed for luxury worldwide cruising, the Prinsendam is characterized by elegant design and a yacht-like atmosphere. With the "Signature of Excellence" initiative Holland America ships now include a Culinary Arts center presented by Food & Wine magazine (it's like being in the studio of a TV cooking show), the Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, and cabin amenities such as perhaps the best beds in the cruise industry - the Mariner's Dream Beds.
Year Built 1988 ♦
Ship's Class: Class Of Its Own ♦
Year Refurbished 2010 ♦
Country of Registry Netherlands ♦
Formely Know As Royal Viking, Seabourn Sun (owned by luxury cruise lines) ♦
Tonnage 38,000 ♦
Length 669 ft - 201 m ♦
Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 837 ♦
Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 914 ♦
Passenger Decks 9 ♦
Officers and Crew 470 ♦
Officer's Nationality International ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Total 420 ♦
Suites with Balcony 69 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 102 ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 220 ♦
Inside 29 ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 22 ♦
Holland America Line's cabins are among the best one can find, with spacious, thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.
TV with music channels ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦
Optional Open Seating - "As You Wish Dining" lets you choose the venues and style that suit you ♦
Formal Nights ♦
Specialty Restaurants: Pinnacle Grill ♦
Specialty Coffee Bar: Explorations Cafe powered by New York Times ♦
24 Hour Room Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Card Room/Game Room ♦
Video Games Arcade
Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦
Sports Court ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Jogging Track ♦
Promenade Deck wraps around the ship
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
MedSpa Services ♦
Sauna or Steam Room ♦
Beauty Salon ♦
Fitness Assessment ♦
Health and Nutrition Evaluation
Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦
Children's Pool ♦
Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦
Youth Staff ♦
Dedicated Teen Center ♦
Teen Programs ♦
Teen Staff ♦
Group Babysitting Services
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦
Business Center Services ♦