Cruising the British Isles: Onboard the Prinsendam

by Janis on July 27, 2011

We’ve just returned from a 14-Day Celtic Circle cruise around the British Isles on Holland America Line’s ms Prinsendam. While onboard the 835-passenger”˜elegant explorer’, we visited 10 ports in Scotland, Ireland and England. This post is part of a series detailing our discoveries on this cruise both in port and on the ship.

Onboard the Prinsendam
It’s a small ship with a shallow draft, allowing it to cruise to unique ports. One of the Prinsendam’s biggest draw is its itineraries. Yet, being on board, offers some nice touches as well.

The Lido Pool is filled with fresh water; while the Sea View Pool contains salt water.

The Sports Deck includes Bocce ball, croquet and a golf putting green.

Our new friend Richard demonstrates his Bocce ball technique.

The Crow’s Nest offers spectacular views, and on our cruise, the best entertainment on the ship. Debbie Bacon  entertained at the piano, singing, playing the saxophone and flute. She had a full house every night and could play nearly any request, from show tunes to Journey.
Our cruise was Debbie’s last of her current contract, but she will be back on Holland America entertaining on the World Cruise starting in January, 2012.

Our friend “Sparky” also known as Daniel Hoffman is the Travel Guide on the Prinsendam.  He gives presentations on all the things to do in each port, and how to do them on your own if you don’t want to take a shore excursion. Daniel also answers individual questions during deck hours and on the gangway each morning in port.

Ferdinand Basa is the Cellar Master on board. Ferdie’s wine tasting classes are some of the most informative and most entertaining at sea.

In the La Fontaine Dining Room, we were lucky to have Bambang as our waiter. Besides his megawatt smile, he’s an outstanding waiter — efficient, providing good recommendations and willing to handle any request.

We also loved the Pinnacle Grill, managed by Daniel Crisan, with its beautiful wood paneling décor and terrific views. And the chef, Babu Streedharan, created delightful food.

Have you sailed on the Prinsendam? What’s your favorite thing about the ship?

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