MS Prinsendam (Holland America Line)


MS Prinsendam is Holland America Line’s smallest cruise ship. Due to her size she is one of the only cruise ships in the world that can transit the Kiel Canal, due to her low height above waterline. A special signature sculpture dominates the three-story atrium featuring etched fish, turtles and dolphins climbing a stunning cylinder of Bolle glass and lit with state-of-the-art fiber optics.

The ship performs many unique cruises compared to the rest of the fleet, sailing to Antarctica for example. She performs much longer voyages than most of the fleet and offers more frequent world voyages than the others.


MS Prinsendam has been owned by multiple Carnival Cruise Line brands in the past. From 1994-98 she was owned by Cunard Line and sailed under the name Royal Viking Sun.

Ship info

Cruise Line: Holland America Line
Status: In service
Ship size: Small ship
Ship class: Unknown/One off
Sister ships: None
Passengers: 835
Staterooms: 419
Total crew: 470
Ship length: 219.0 m
Ship beam: 31.0 m
Ship draft: 7.5 m
Tonnage: 37,983
No. of decks: 9
Elevators: 4
Service speed: 22.0 knots
Onboard currency: US Dollar
Registry port: Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
IMO number: 8700280
Call sign: PBGH

Build details

Shipyard: Wartsila, Finland
Build date: May 1988
Build cost: June 2002
Entered service: $125 million USD


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