What did an ultra-luxury cruise ship look like 30 years ago? Prinsendam is a pretty good example...
Entering service in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun (for the now-defunct Royal Viking Line), she represented the last word in cruise ship luxury; large cabins (many with private balconies), beautiful and spacious public areas and a generous passenger:crew ratio catapulted her to the top tier of ocean cruise ships.
In 1994 Cunard purchased the struggling cruise line, and took over operation of Royal Viking Sun, maintaining her reputation as one of the best cruise ships in the world. When both Cunard and Seabourn cruise line were acquired by Carnival in 1999, Royal Viking Sun was transferred to the latter, and operated for 3 years as Seabourn Sun.
Then, in 2002, she emerged from a major refit as Prinsendam, and took on her current role in the Holland America fleet. Her inherently attractive design and comfortable accommodation allow her to hold her own today as a very popular vessel.
Prinsendam is a beautiful ship with a loyal following, and will hopefully remain in the Holland America fleet for many years to come.
She looked great in the sun this afternoon as she departed her berth, heading out into Byfjorden to continue her voyage.