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July 2- 2018 Holland America Line announced that Prinsendam has been sold and will leave its fleet July 1, 2019 and transfer to the German cruise company Phoenix Reisen. Following the sale, the 38,848-ton, 835-guest Prinsendam is being chartered back to Holland America Line to continue sailing its planned voyages through July 1, 2019 Phoenix name Amera start operations Aug.1 2019

Registered Owner:  Amera Shipping Ltd. - Cyprus - Operator: Phoenix Cruises - Germany

Entered service: 1988 – Refits: 1999-2002-2008-2009/10/2019 - Gross tonnage: 39.051 - Pass. lower beds: 835 - All berths: 910 - Passenger decks: 9 - Length: 204 m. - Beam: 28,90 m. - Draught: 7,25 m. - Drive diesel/electric: 4 - 8 cyl. diesel engines make Wartsila-Sulzer type 8ZAL40S - Total installed power: 21.120 kW.  - Propulsion: by 2 Fixed propellers - Service speed 18 knots - Max.speed 21.8 knots - Built: Oy Wärtsilä Ab - Finland - Yard no.1296 - Classification: Lloyd's Register of Shipping - Flag: Bahamas

Former names:  Royal Viking Sun (1988-1994) of defunct Royal Viking Line bought 1994 by Cunard White Star Line for subsidiary Seabourn Cruise Line. Renamed  as Seabourn Sun in 1998. Hand over to HAL in 2002 renamed Prinsendam. (In fact Prinsendam II see under by prinsendam.)


Her predecessor the Prinsendam-I ended her tragic life on October 11 - 1980 near Valdez / Sitka. She capsized and sunk after a 7 day fire. Only 7 years in operation. During construction at Shipyard De Merwede she was also seriously damaged caused by a fire. The Prinsendam- I was the last passengership built in the Netherlands, for at that time Dutch owned HAL.

   Image Prinsendam before last 2009 conversion

Images after 2009 conversion

All images courtesy Phoenix Seereisen
  Passenger space ratio all berths: 42.91
  Passenger space ratio lower beds: 46.77
Short description:
Phoenix Reisen’s Amera, the former Prinsendam, is undergoing extensive refurbishment at Blohm+Voss in Germany.
According to the German brand, they are turning her into a “real Phoenix Reisen ship.”
In addition to the usual shipyard work, all cabins will be redone and many public rooms partially or completely redesigned.
The Amera Restaurant on Deck 7 (boardwalk deck) and the big bars on Deck 7 and Deck 8 (Salon Deck) get a completely new lookAlso, the restaurant, which in the future carries the name "Pichlers" receives a clear Phoenix upgrade and on deck 12 (panorama deck), the outdoor area is redesigned for golf practice.
The Amera originally entered service as the Royal Viking Sun in 1988, before becoming the Seabourn Sun and then the Prinsendam.
She was launched in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line, and was renamed Seabourn Sun when Seabourn Cruise Line acquired the ship in 1999. In 2002, Seabourn wished to concentrate on smaller vessel and transferred the ship to Holland America Line, which was renamed as Prinsendam. On 12 August 2019 she left Hamburg to Bremenhaven for her first cruise on 16 August 2019 with Phoenix.
It's no secret that Phoenix many times has been active to get the ship in its possession. Has no aft bowthruster but small propellor.

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