MS Prinsendam (1988)

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Name: 1988-1999: Royal Viking Sun
1999-2002: Seabourn Sun
2002-present: Prinsendam
Operator: 1988-1994: Royal Viking Line
1994-1998: Cunard Line
1998-2002: Seabourn Cruise Line
2002-present: Holland America Line
Port of registry: 1988-1999: Nassau,  Bahamas
1999-2002: Oslo,  Norway
2002-present: Rotterdam,  Netherlands[1]
Builder: Wärtsilä in Turku, Finland[1]
Launched: March 17, 1988[1]
Acquired: November 26, 1988[1]
In service: 1988-present
Nickname: 2002-present: The Elegant Explorer
Status: in service
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: cruise ship
Tonnage: 37,848 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 674.2 ft (205.5 m)
Beam: 91.8 ft (28.0 m)
Draught: 23.6 ft (7.2 m)
Decks: 9 passenger decks
Speed: 22 knots maximum,
(service at 18.5 knots)
Capacity: 740 passengers
Crew: 460 crew
General characteristics (2002-present)
Capacity: 793 passengers
Crew: 443 crew

The MS Prinsendam (formerly Seabourn Sun and Royal Viking Sun) is a cruise ship for Holland America Line and is nicknamed the Elegant Explorer. She was launched in 1988 as the Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line, and was renamed "Seabourn Sun" when Seabourn Cruise Line acquired the ship in 1999. Shortly after, in 2002, Seabourn wished to concentrate on more intimate vessels.[2] So, in 2002, they transferred the ship to Holland America Line, where it was renamed the Prinsendam.

Early career

Launched in 1988 as the Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line this vessel quickly became renowned for her exquisite service and loyal passenger following. She became a popular addition to the fleet of Global Cruisers employed in Royal Viking service.

Cunard Line career

Lido and Sports decks. The "astro turf" ground coverings have since been replaced with teak decks.

Cunard purchased the Royal Viking Sun (and the Royal Viking brand) as the failing Royal Viking Line ceased operations in the mid 1990's. Opting to keep the ship's name as is, they placed her into the newly formed Cunard Royal Viking division. This 5-plus star ship was rated the finest vessel afloat for most of her life with Cunard.[3]

Royal Viking Sun undertook World Voyages as Cunard's Global Roamer, and was a popular and highly sought after ship for passengers and crew alike.[4]

In 1999 Cunard and Seabourn were merged by parent company Carnival Corporation. It was decided to move Royal Viking Sun to Seabourn, and after an extensive refit she emerged as the Seabourn Sun. In 2002 she undertook her last cruise for Seabourn, a circumnavigation of South America.

Holland America Line career

After another extensive refit in 2002, Seabourn Sun re-emerged as the Prinsendam for Holland America Line - another division of the Carnival Corporation. She has remained as Prinsendam to this day.


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