ms Prinsendam

ms Prinsendam

Ship Facts

The Netherlands
37,983 grt
669 feet
22 knots
June 2002
Rose Abello, Eva Andresen and Linda Ehlenberger

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Nov 2015

Antarctica By The Numbers: Cruise to This Elusive Continent

Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team


A journey to Antarctica is one few have made, but many dream about. With a Holland America Line cruise, that dream can easily become a reality. Antarctica is a destination of superlatives, with words like “biggest,” “largest” and “coldest” often used when speaking about the world’s most remote continent. The breathtaking scenic beauty, remote locale and amazing wildlife make it a journey worth taking, so read on to see why Holland Ameirca Line’s Captain Rik Krombeen — who has spent seven seasons cruising South America and Antarctica — thinks an Antarctica cruise is one of the coolest adventure you’ll every take. Antarctica is a world by itself, a continent by itself … It is an extreme once-in-a-lifetime experience … I definitely think it should be on everybody’s bucket list. — Captain Rik Krombeen ANTARCTICA BY THE NUMBERS In 2016, Holland America Line is offering four exceptional cruises to Antarctica. Three of the itineraries are aboard Zaandam and include nine calls in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The voyages sail between Valparaiso, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and span 21 days, giving guests three weeks of incredible port visits and scenic cruising. The fourth Antarctica exploration is aboard Prinsendam on the 67-day Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage departing Jan. 4. This roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Florida, cruise heads through the Panama Canal, along the west coast of South America, down to Antarctica and back up the east coast along Argentina and Brazil. ADELIE, EMPEROR & GENTOO, OH MY! Antarctica is teeming with penguins. In fact, there are about 29 million of them! Guests often see these flightless birds resting on icebergs or swimming in the ocean as the ship sails around the region. Of the 17 penguin species worldwide, six are found in Antarctica: Adélies, Chinstraps, Emperors, Gentoos, Macaronis and Rockhoppers. Be sure to have your camera ready on deck and you can get some fabulous photos of the penguins in action. Guests who want to get up close to penguins can visit a colony from the port of Punta Arenas. The Off the Beaten Track: Magdalena Penguin Reserve tour visits Magdalena […]

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