Prinsendam 800

Holland America Line, a division of Carnival Corporation, has a fleet of fifteen ships offering cruisers exciting itineraries visiting all seven continents.  Highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and voyages to Asia.  Some of their most popular sailings are to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. They even offer a Grand World Voyage.

Their elegant ships, whose names all end in “dam”, offer guests many luxurious features in their ‘Signature of Excellence’ enhancements, a commitment totalling more than $500 million, that showcases the Culinary Arts Center, a state of the art onboard show kitchen where more than sixty celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes across their fleet.  The Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows and teens-only activity areas are some of the features which make guests keep coming back to cruise again on this line.  All new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds ensure guests’ comfort is always at the forefront.

Wintergarden banquette - PrinsendamPrinsendam, a popular ship in Holland America Line’s fleet, recently completed the transformation of the Lido Terrace, located at the aft end of the ship, into an enclosed Wintergarden, along with the addition of the casual Italian restaurant Canaletto.  The new area increased the dining capacity of the Lido and provides the venue for Canaletto.  Named after the famous 18th century Venetian artist, the award winning Canaletto, located in the Wintergarden, which is adjacent to the Lido dining area.  Open for dinner only, the restaurant serves classic Italian fare with tableside service.  With the addition of the eatery on board Prinsendam, Canaletto is now on all fifteen ships in the Line’s fleet.

Prinsendam also received other cosmetic enhancements during its dry-dock in Freeport, Bahamas, including new balcony decking and balcony dividers.

“We continue to invest in our fleet and the onboard experience to offer the best premium cruise experience,” said Richard Meadows, Executive Vice-President, Marketing, Sales and Guest Programs. “Prinsendam has one of our most loyal followings, so the new Wintergarden and popular Canaletto will certainly be appreciated by our guests.”

Holland America will add to their fleet when, in Autumn 2015, they take delivery of one new ship which is currently on order from Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

I have sailed on this cruise line aboard Westerdam and Statendam, both in Europe and Asia, and would recommend it to those travellers who enjoy elegant surroundings, good food and service, great entertainment and all in all, the finer things in life.  Sandra Tiltman


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