The Holland America Line is one of the most sought after cruise companies in the world, and with ships such as the ms Prinsendam in its fleet there is little cause to wonder why. This spectacular vessel boasts a number of different entertainment, dining and cabin options, ensuring that whether guests wish to travel individually, with friends or as a family there is literally something to suit everyone’s tastes.
As fewer than 800 guests board ms Prinsendam at a time, passengers are treated to a high quality, exclusive experience which is flawlessly executed by her outstanding crew. Forty per cent of the spacious staterooms on board offer private verandas, ensuring that those wishing for privacy or a romantic getaway are able to fulfil their desires. When venturing out to the public rooms, guests are treated to the ultimate in luxury design, with stunning pieces of fine art and antiques present throughout the ship.
The ms Prinsendam offers guests more than just a simple cruise – she also offers the chance to indulge the senses, enjoy the fresh sea air and even learn a new skill whilst on board. One of the ships showcasing Holland America Line’s Explorations Speaker Series, guests are able to attend presentations by experts in the field of history, culture and cuisine, ensuring that they truly gain a strong new perspective of the countries they choose to visit. Conversely, guests more inclined towards sporting pursuits have unlimited access to the lifestyle and fitness centre where they can play a game of tennis, basketball or volleyball, honing their skills and perhaps even discovering a new hobby.
With such a high standard throughout the rest of the ship, it can only be expected that the restaurants and cafés on board offer the most excellent dishes from around the world. For those with a love of formality and tradition, the Main Dining Room serves full five course meals or, alternatively, the Lido Restaurant offers a selection of dishes in a slightly more relaxed setting. However, for those who love their steaks and other meats, the Pinnacle Grill is the restaurant on board which must not be missed.
Dining on ms Prinsendam is not simply a spectator event, as the Culinary Arts Centre encourages guests to get stuck in and learn to prepare their favourite dishes under the supervision of trained chefs. Those seeking to improve their display and finesse skills may also wish to observe the preparation of gourmet dishes as, after all, learning a new skill is one of the most lasting legacies of any holiday!
On board the ms Prinsendam there is always plenty to do – in fact, the challenge lies in experiencing everything in between port visits. During the day, those wishing to relax and be pampered should make a beeline for The Greenhouse spa and salon with its treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool, steam room and aromatic room all ready and waiting to help in the detoxification process. Alternatively, those seeking a different type of therapy can head to the shopping centre, with the many duty free products on offer typifying the retail therapy addict’s dream!
At night, the ms Prinsendam comes alive for those to love to dance, as the Crow’s Nest is transformed into a nightclub and late night disco. For those with two left feet, or wishing to sit back and relax, lavish Las Vegas style production shows are held regularly, with illusionists, vocalists and variety acts just waiting to entertain.