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Photographer:Viktor [View profile]Title:PRINSENDAMAdded:Aug 04, 2011
Captured:May 13, 2011IMO:8700280Hits:1,098
Location:Port Everglades, United States
Photo Category: Cruise Ships built 1981-1990
Name: 1988-1999: Royal Viking Sun
1999-2002: Seabourn Sun
2002-present: Prinsendam
Operator: 1988-1994: Royal Viking Line
1994-1998: Cunard Line
1998-2002: Seabourn Cruise Line
2002-present: Holland America Line
Port of registry: 1988-1999: Nassau, Bahamas
1999-2002: Oslo, Norway
2002-present: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Builder: Wärtsilä in Turku, Finland
Launched: March 17, 1988
Acquired: November 26, 1988
In service: 1988-present
Nickname: 2002-present: The Elegant Explorer
Status: In service
General characteristics (as built)
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: 740 passengers
Crew: 460 crew
General characteristics (2002-present)
Capacity: 793 passengers
Crew: 443 crew

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. Launched in 1988 as the Royal Viking Sun for the Royal Viking Line this vessel quickly became renowned for her exquisite service and loyal passenger following. She became a popular addition to the fleet of Global Cruisers employed in Royal Viking service.
Cunard purchased the Royal Viking Sun (and the Royal Viking brand) as the failing Royal Viking Line ceased operations in the mid-1990s. Opting to keep the ship's name as is, they placed her into the newly formed Cunard Royal Viking division. This 5-plus star ship was rated the finest vessel afloat for most of her life with Cunard. Royal Viking Sun undertook World Voyages as Cunard's Global Roamer, and was a popular and highly sought after ship for passengers and crew alike. In 1999 Cunard and Seabourn were merged by parent company Carnival Corporation. It was decided to move Royal Viking Sun to Seabourn, and after an extensive refit she emerged as the Seabourn Sun. In 2002 she undertook her last cruise for Seabourn, a circumnavigation of South America. After another extensive refit in 2002, Seabourn Sun re-emerged as the Prinsendam for Holland America Line - another division of the Carnival Corporation. She has remained as Prinsendam to this day.
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Seabourn Sun (Until 2002 Jun)
- Royal Viking Sun (Until 1999 Nov)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Passengers Ship
Gross tonnage:39,051 tons
Summer DWT:6,150 tons

Additional Information
Home port:Rotterdam
Class society:Lloyd's Shipping Register
Build year:1988
AIS Information
Last known position:
9°10’49.4” N, 79°52’3.13” W
Speed, course (heading):
11.0kts, 96° (93°)
Arrival:9th Jan 2019
10:00:40 UTC
Last update:
12 days 18 hours ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 September 10th, 06:15:15 UTCGbbel-iedub
2018 September 7th, 05:30:48 UTCGbroy-gbull
2018 September 5th, 04:30:46 UTCGbroy
2018 September 4th, 06:00:32 UTCGbncl
2018 September 2nd, 01:30:26 UTCGbler - Nlams
2018 August 28th, 06:30:21 UTCIsrey - Isvey
2018 August 25th, 07:00:38 UTCIsdju - Isaku
2018 August 21st, 05:00:28 UTCNlams - Gbroy
2018 August 19th, 01:00:48 UTCFihel - Nlams
2018 August 16th, 03:30:07 UTCRuled - Fihel
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