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Since the last cruise of the Elegant Explorer ends today, I thought it would be nice to make a tribute to her.  Please share your best memories and photo's of her here. 

I loved the P'Dam...she was of a size that we perfect for getting into places most other ships couldn't. 

 

I'm just starting this thread and will come back and add stuff to it once I dig through my pictures.  I'll start with a couple pictures I took of her up on the hillside above Kotor, Montenegro.

 

Linda R.

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P-dam was the only HAL ship left with an open bridge wing. This is Captain Halle Thon Gundersen, Chief Officer Paul Spaas, and the Dublin harbor pilot as she was departing the port of Dublin, Ireland in August 2006

Dublin32, Captain Gundersen, Chief Officer Spaas and Dublin pilot on port bridge wing.JPG

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Awesome model of Prinsendam I at the Lido Deck aft stairwell

Prinsendam48, Day 9 - Model of Prinsendam I at Lido Deck aft stairwell.JPG

Prinsendam49. Day 9 Model of Prinsendam I at Lido Deck aft stairwell.JPG

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P-dam's La Fontaine dining room and when they still had the Baked Alaska parade

Prinsendam35, Day 8 La Fontaine Dining Room.JPG

Prinsendam36, Day 8, La Fontaine Dining Room.JPG

Prinsendam37, Day 8 La Fontaine Dining Room.JPG

Prinsendam72, Day 12 The baked Alaska parade.JPG

Prinsendam73, Day 12 the baked Alaka parade.JPG

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And a Royal Air Force Tornado GR1 from RAF Lossiemouth taking a closer look at her

Invergordon35, Royal Air Force Tornado buzzes the ship.JPG

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12 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:

Awesome model of Prinsendam I at the Lido Deck aft stairwell

Prinsendam48, Day 9 - Model of Prinsendam I at Lido Deck aft stairwell.JPG

Prinsendam49. Day 9 Model of Prinsendam I at Lido Deck aft stairwell.JPG

 

It was always amazing to see how many people would be studying this model.  There were always people looking at it. 😄 

 

She was the prettiest ship in the fleet to me.  Her itineraries were wonderful, her crew fantastic and the wood work, flowers, art were all marvellous.

 

Over 1/2 of my sailing days were on her.  I’ll miss her ❤️ 

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When formal night was formal night; Captain Halle Thon Gundersen, SECO Daniel Blajan, Chief Engineer Jacob "Jaap" Wisse, the intro of the staff and a first dance

Prinsendam42, Day 9 Capt. Gunderson at the entry of the officers.JPG

Prinsendam43, Day 9 Security Officer Daniel Blajan.JPG

Prinsendam44, Day 9 Chief Engineer Jacob Wisse.JPG

Prinsendam45, Day 9, The Prinsendam's officers.JPG

Prinsendam46,  Day 9 Trudy and the captain at the first dance.JPG

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We were on the Prinsendam for part of her last “Grand”, to South America.  She went all out for us!

 

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2 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:

Awesome model of Prinsendam I at the Lido Deck aft stairwell

Prinsendam48, Day 9 - Model of Prinsendam I at Lido Deck aft stairwell.JPG

Prinsendam49. Day 9 Model of Prinsendam I at Lido Deck aft stairwell.JPG

 

 

Had the model been moved.  Every time I was on her the model was on deck 8 just behind the Explorers Lounge.

 

Roy

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Decorations for some of the festive occasions on board in March.275377BB-23B3-4FC9-B8FF-1D4D1A8169B3.thumb.jpeg.c8889aed47fb0b9b00a72992e7be1df6.jpegBF7D6C46-9753-40D2-9003-BE38E6F2F115.thumb.jpeg.e3ef42bf74cfec22affa03b95fd4459a.jpegFD556AA8-31A7-49D0-A980-A30382C0F739.thumb.jpeg.8ba3a4b823641836e66e093380930e24.jpeg

 

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The Officers at the Black and Gold Ball, and Captain Schuchmann getting teary-eyed at the Farewell.  

 

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Some of my memories - most have been on my LIve threads - but... here goes...

"Tendering" to Fuerteventura.  I believe we were the first ship to see this island in the Canaries.  The people built a little floating dock.  When they reached out to cruise lines to see if they would use, they got a NO.

 

Our itinerary was marked as "tender".  that morning, the announcement came - I'm sorry ladies and gentlemen we can't tender today - you'll have to walk off the ship.

 

Captain Gundersen had docked!  The people were thrilled and so happy they offered us a tour aound the island before we set sail for the crossing.  We had a pilot on board and it was fabulous as this island is so geographically different.  people were waving everywhere.

 

Prinsendam is popular in a lot of ports I have discovered over the years.  And we have had a number of 'tender' ports turn into docked ports.

 

There is nothing like going on a little sightseeing tour and sailing below our own ship.  She looks big underneath 😉 

 

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In Cobh, we were so close that if swimming wasn't forbidden you could literally swim to shore.  It was a fabulous day and the Prinsendam was right there with all the yachts and sailing ships in port.  It took more time to get in the tender than it did to tender.

 

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She was the prettiest ship in the fleet as far as I was concerned.  I'd do a TA on her over any ship any day of the week.

 

She might not have had azipods (or whatever it is) but she cruised beautifully cutting through the waves.

 

Truly a wonderful ship and crew.

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32 minutes ago, rafinmd said:

 

 

Had the model been moved.  Every time I was on her the model was on deck 8 just behind the Explorers Lounge.

 

Roy

 

Unknown Roy; my pics were taken in 2006 and that was the location then. The one below when she was Royal Viking Sun was located on Verandah Deck at the forward stairwell 

Prinsendam54, Day 10 Model of Royal Viking Sun (now Prinsendam) at  forward stairwell on Verandah Deck.JPG

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In 2016, Prinsendam in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sarande, Albania, and Valletta, Malta

 

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Posted (edited)

Copper 10-8,  VictOriann and Kazu posted bring back so many great memories.  We spent 285 days on the Elegant Explorer, and there are too many memories to do them all justice.

 

We saw so many interesting places we could only see on her.  

 

But the best memories are of the feeling of coming home and being welcomed by her great crew.  They were the best.  Of course, there are good memories of Captains Gunderson, Tim Roberts, Dag, and Jeorgen (please forgive the spelling).

 

She will be missed.

Edited by Quartzsite Cruiser

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