The ms Prinsendam
, newest vessel in Holland America Line's fleet of 11 premium cruise ships, arrived in New York accompanied by the retired New York City fireboat John J. Harvey
. Holland America has nicknamed the 794-passenger, 38,000-ton Prinsendam the "Elegant Explorer" and has refitted the former Seabourn Sun to match the rest of the HAL fleet.
Registered in The Netherlands, the 673-foot-long Prinsendam has 344 staterooms, including one penthouse suite, 18 suites, 82 deluxe suites and eight wheelchair-accessible staterooms. Its nine passenger decks encompass 15 public rooms and boutiques as well as a spa and gymnasium, and an alternative restaurant.
The ship's inaugural season commences with a trans-Atlantic crossing June 3, followed by northern Europe, west and east Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand cruises ranging in length from 10 to 22 days.