Posted September 21st, 2017, 07:49 PM
The Prinsendam has long been our favorite HAL vessel, despite her age. We have spent exactly 200 days on the Prinsendam and certainly seen issues related to her age. But even at her worst, we have never seen the Prinsendam in the condition of the Rotterdam on our recent cruise. And at her worst, we still love the Prinsendam. We want to stand up on a soapbox and scream to the Seattle "suits" to never get rid of that wonderful old vessel. But we do fear that her end (at least for HAL) is approaching within the next 2 years. While on the VOV cruise we met some folks who had been on this year's World cruise. They told us that when Orlando Ashford has his Q&A, he was asked about the Prinsendam. His response did not give anyone confidence that the ship would remain in the fleet beyond 2019.
I was so sorry to hear about your Rotterdam cruise Hank.
I'm with you on the P'dam. We'll only have 100+ days on her so nothing compared to you but it's where we choose to "invest" a lot of cruise dollars
That's said to hear that Ashford doesn't "get it".
But, why am I surprised with a man that takes out libraries and ravages Crow's Nests (JMO of course). If she isn't replaced, then I suspect HAl will lose a number of cruisers and they were willing to pay higher dollars to sail for this ship, it's crew and the itineraries it offers.
HAL has NO ship in the fleet that can get to some of the ports we are going to next year -nor sail down the rivers.
We'll just enjoy her while we can.