Holland America Line has introduced the addition of 22 new staterooms to ms Prinsendam, the Elegant Explorer in early 2010, increasing the guest capacity from 793 to 837.
The addition of the rooms is a continuation of the Signature of Excellence enhancement program, now totaling more than $525 million. Freeport, Bahamas will house the renovations from January 4 through January 13, 2010.
"Prinsendam continues to be a ship with one of our most loyal followings," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "The new staterooms will mostly be verandah cabins. This will also allow us to create some other very special additions."
With the addition of staterooms aft, the pool deck will expand with more space and more deck chairs. A new sea-view bar will also be created.
Sixteen of the new staterooms will be deluxe verandahs, two will be slightly smaller verandahs and four will be standard inside staterooms. Appointments will feature bathrooms and recently redesigned closet space. Amenities feature Mariner Dream Beds, 250-count linens, Elemis spa bathroom amenities, large vanity mirror, stainless steel fruit basket, flat panel television and DVD player, quality showerhead and more.
Other standard maintenance and technical service will take place along with upgrading laundry and galley equipment.
The new staterooms will be fully furnished and will be ready for bookings for the 54-day Quest of the Argonauts voyage, sailing March 24 roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale to the Mediterranean, Black Sea and back.
The ship sails an eastbound course across the Atlantic for an extensive Mediterranean exploration with calls at ports in more than 10 countries, including Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Russia, Georgia, Greece and Turkey. The cruise includes overnight stays in Barcelona, Lisbon, Portugal and Istanbul, as well as late-night departures in Athens and Santorini, Greece and Lisbon.
Prinsendam will visit Bermuda and New York City before returning to Fort Lauderdale.