Prinsendam 2016
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(above) Royal Viking Sun at anchor in Bermuda in 1992 &
(below) Prinsendam at Tilbury Cruise Terminal in 2010.
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Original Itinerary
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Thursday 20th October- Fly to Athens, Greece
Transfer to Piraeus
& embark Prinsendam
Friday-at sea
Saturday-Larnaca, Cyprus
Sunday-Ashdod, Israel
for Jerusalem
Monday-Haifa, Israel
for Nazareth
Tuesday-at sea
Wednesday-Marmaris, Turkey
Thursday-Kusadasi, Turkey
for Ephesus
Friday-Heraklion, Crete
Saturday-at sea
Sunday-Valletta, Malta
Monday-Mgarr (Victoria), Gozo
Tuesday-Messina, Italy
Wednesday-Naples, Italy
Thursday 3rd November-Civitavecchia, Italy
Disembark & Fly to UK

This would have been my first cruise with Holland America, except that having booked, I then had the chance of Koningsdam in April. Even so, it would be the first time for the others and a return to a ship Andrew & I knew only too well from 1992 & 1996 as the 5-star plus Royal Viking Sun, the highest-rated ship in the world at the time. These days however, for Holland America Line and with only 835 passengers, she has established herself a new reputation as the line's "Elegant Explorer".

Given the deteriorating political situation in Turkey throughout 2015/16, it came as no surprise when, 7 weeks prior to departure, the Turkish ports of Marmaris and Kusadasi were replaced with the safer Greek islands of Rhodes and Santorini. See Revised Itinerary >>

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All the Photos of the ship and ports visited on this Cruise can be viewed on my account at Captain Martini >>

See Detailed Mileage Log for this cruise >>

Cruise Mileage: 2,614 nautical miles
Total Mileage to date: 195,715 n miles

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