Upgrades For The Elegant Explorer – Holland America’s Prinsendam

By Liam P. Cusack

New York, NY – March 30, 2017: Holland America Line’s beloved ms Prinsendam, otherwise known as “The Elegant Explorer,” has a new look. During an annual dry-docking that saw Holland America’s new logo affixed to the Prinsendam‘s smokestack, the beloved vessel also saw upgrades throughout the ship.

ms Prinsendam a.k.a. The Elegant Explorer
ms Prinsendam a.k.a. The Elegant Explorer

The Prinsendam is the smallest and the oldest of Holland America’s fleet. She began life in 1988 as the Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line. When Royal Viking was purchased by Cunard Line she retained her name but began sporting Cunard’s colors. After a four-year stint with Holland America’s sister line Seabourn this beautiful vessel became the Prinsendam, the second Holland America ship to bear that name.

Holland America Line's new logo was recently installed on the ms Prinsendam's smokestack.
Holland America Line’s new logo was recently installed on the ms Prinsendam’s smokestack.

The Prinsendam is beloved by both passengers and crew alike. She is often sold-out more than a year in advance, the ship filled with repeat passengers. Officers and crew members have told me privately that she is their favorite ship as well. At  just under 40,000 gross tons, a maximum capacity of just 835 passengers and 460 crew members she is intimate. She boasts  a passenger/crew ration of 1 crew member for each 1.8 passengers…much higher than the industry standard. She is designed for long voyages to exotic and remote locations. Her smaller size allows her to visit ports most ships of today can’t visit.

Below is a gallery of images highlighting the recent upgrades.

Cruise & Travel Report will be featuring the ms Prinsendam as our ship of the month in June 2017. We also will be reporting from on board “The Elegant Explorer” as we join her on a two-week Transatlantic voyage from Port Everglades to Amsterdam.

Keep checking back for updates.




Liam Cusack

Liam P. Cusack is the Managing Editor of Cruise & Travel Report (www.cruiseandtravelreport.com), a publication dedicated to providing travelers the same news that industry insiders receive. A self-described “travel nerd”, Liam is an Ocean Liner and Cruise Industry historian who has traveled to more than 60 countries, every US state and sailed on more than 60 cruises. After nearly two decades as an award-winning political journalist and investigative reporter at a major NYC daily newspaper, he decided to dedicate his career to helping avid travelers, like himself, be more well-informed. With Cruise & Travel Report, Liam strives to provide news and tips to make every vacation a dream vacation.