Just returned from a very nice sailing on Prinsendam. Here are a few thoughts/opinions/comments:
Embarkation: EXCELLENT !! No lines/no wait and onboard by 11am
Ship condition: Elegantly worn. Classic ocean liner feel. NOT hotel/resort like.
The ship is FULL of fresh flowers arragements that are HUGE
and beautiful. The artwork onboard is varied and interesting.
This ship is NOT for those who expect NEW surroundings with
flashy decor. This ship is aging as is evident both inside the
ship (furnishings) and outside (rusting decks and hull). BUT WE
LIKED IT ANYWAY !!
Service: Very friendly crew, smiling and eager to please. Dining service was
slooooow as has been the case on our last 3 HAL sailings. This by
no means ruined our trip!
Food: EXCELLENT , Lido food was the best of any ship that we have
previously sailed -- this was cruise #20 something for us.
Diningroom food was better than average with a wide
range of choices each night. Soups were MUCH improved
over previous HAL sailings. Prompting soup bowl re-fills
on several nights ....LOL
Cabin: GOOD, the mattress was horrible but they are currently being replaced
shipwide. We had cabin SS022. TV in cabin was excessively
small in relation to the size of the cabin. Veranda would have
easily supported 2 loungers and a table for 4; however HAL only
provides 3 chairs with 1 ottoman for this cabin.
We took the time to tour cabins on embarkation day. IMO --
SS cabins at the "bump out" forward deck are the best bet -
the verandas are MUCH larger than other SS verandas and
the "cover" over our veranda was excellent. The cat S cabins
are of course Great, but unless you have money to burn, stick
with the SS cabins.
The new cat A cabins added to the ship by HAL were also very
nice with all new furnishings and great verandas.
Entertainment: THE weak spot for this sailing. Cruise director was
inexperienced and didnt connect with passengers. Shows
didnt appeal to us. (however, will didnt attend all shows)
Again, this didnt spoil our trip...
Fellow passengers: 60+ years old on average, as expected (we are mid-30's).
We dont mind older fellow passengers, thus we continually
return to HAL.
Disembarkation: We were off the ship by 8:45 am and we were some of the
last to leave.
If you have any questions about the ship, let me know,