MS Prinsendam Cruise
Ship approaching the Miraflores Locks.
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. So, in 2002, they transferred the ship to
Holland America Line, where it was renamed the Prinsendam.
is shown on her South Bound Panama Canal Transit on January
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 MS Prinsendam Cruise Ship,
Miraflores Locks - Panama Canal
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: 793 passengers
Crew: 470 crew
Dedicated: June, 2002, by
Rose Abello, Eva Andresen and Linda Ehlenberger,
representing all of the employees of Holland America Line.