© NettyMV Prinsendam – Past and Present

MV Prinsendam

ex Seabourn Sun, Royal Viking Sun

© Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1988 by Oy Wartsia Ab, Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No 1296) for Royal Viking Line, Nassau, Bahamas

Technical Data

  • Length: 204.02m (overall) 171.50m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 28.90m
  • Depth: 9.85m
  • Draught: 7.250m
  • Tonnage: 37,845 gross/14,054 net/6,150 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 8-cylinder Sulzer-Wartsila geared diesels
  • Propulsion/propellers: 21,120 kW/28713 bhp/2
  • Speed: 21.8 knots
  • Capacity: 768
  • Passenger decks: 8
  • Crew: 469
  • Navigation Officers: European
  • Call Sign: C6DM3, PBGH
  • IMO Number: 8700280
  • MMSI Number: 244126000
  • Official Number: 715915 (LR 1993 94)
  • Registry: Nassau/Bahamas, Rotterdam/The Netherlands

Current Location

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January 21st 1988: Keel laid.

May 17th 1988: Floated out of her building dock.

November 26th 1988: Delivered to Kloster Cruise Line Ltd, Nassau, and managed by Royal Viking Line A/S

© Chris Howell

© Chris Howell

© Brian Fisher  © Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

January 8th 1989: Officially named at San Francisco and introduced into worldwide cruising.

1994: Sold to Cunard White Star Line, Nassau, Bahamas.

© Tim Becker

© Tim Becker

April 4th 1996: During a world cruise in 1996 ran aground on a coral reef in the Gulf of Aqaba and her hull was breached. All passengers were safely evacuated. The ship was seized for a while by Egyptian authorities.

April 22nd 1996: Arrived at Valletta, Malta, for repairs.

June 12th 1996: Returned to service.

November 26th 1999: Bare-boat chartered to Seabourne Cruise Line, Oslo, Norway. Renamed SEABOURN SUN.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

© John Jones  © John Jones

© John Jones


© Aleksi Lindström

© Tony Martin  © Tony Martin

© Tony Martin

May 15 2001: “Holland America Line revealed the new name to be given the vessel, which will be transferred from Seabourn Cruise Line in June of 2002: PRINSENDAM. This important name has not been used since the 1973-built PRINSENDAM was lost by fire in 1980 off Alaska (with all passengers safely rescued). She will embark on cruises ranging from 10 to 18 days in her first year following a series of introductory events on the US East Coast.”

April 2002: Sold to Holland America Line, Antillen N.V. Rotterdam, Holland. Renamed PRINSENDAM.

June 13th 2002: Maiden cruise from Southampton.


© Aleksi Lindström

© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

September 8th 2017: Due at Dover for her only scheduled visit during 2017.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© John Mavin

© John Mavin

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Tim Becker, Cees Bustraan, Brian Fisher, Chris Howell, John Jones, Aleksi Lindström, Tony Martin, John Mavin, Netty, Willem Oldenburg and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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