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The AMERA, the former ROYAL VIKING SUN, SEABOURN SUN, PRINSENDAM looks great in the Phoenix Reisen colours, it really suits her well and she looks so much better with her original white hull. Phoenix Reisen did quite a bit of her to her during the refit at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg and she definitely looks updated from her time as the PRINSENDAM.


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IMO 8700280 , Call Signal PBGH , Flag Dutch.
Class : Lloyds Register of Shipping.
Ship Type : Cruise Ship.
Dim : Loa / Lpp x Beam - 204.0 / 171.5 x 32.3 mtr.
Passenger Capacity : 740 Guest.
Officer & Crew Approx : 460.
Built in 1988 by OY Wärtsilä AB Åbo Finland as " ROYAL VIKING SUN " for Royal Viking Line Ltd ( Lauritz Klosters Rederi A/S Oslo Norway as manager ) Nassau Bahamas.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 39.051 / 14.054 / 6.150.
Main Engine : Sulzer 8ZAL40S - 4 x 7.181 bhp.

1996 Sold to Cunard White Star Line ( Cunard Line Ltd London United Kingdom as manager ) Nassau Bahamas.
1998 Merger Cunard Line London United Kingdom and Carnival Inc Miami Fl USA.
1998 Refitted / New Passenger Capacity - 835 Max 910 Guest,
1999 Sold/Transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line A/S ( Carnival Inc ) Oslo Norway,renamed " SEABOURN SUN ".
2002 Sold/Transferred to HAL Antilles (Holland America Line NV Rotterdam Netherland as manager) Curacao NA,renamed " PRINSENDAM ".
2012 New manager : Holland America Line NV Seattle WA USA.
2019 Sold to Amera Shipping Ltd (Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Cyprus) Ltd Limassol as manager) Limassol Cyprus,renamed " AMERA ".

July 10-2009 - Holland America Line plans to add 22 staterooms, most with verandas, to the Prinsendam in early 2010. The ship will also gain more deck space and a sea-view bar during its Jan. 4-13 drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard. Sixteen of the rooms will be deluxe verandas and two will be slightly smaller verandas. Four will be standard insides. Passenger capacity will increase to 837 from 793. HAL said the new staterooms will be fully finished while the Prinsendam is under way.
The addition of the staterooms aft will expand the pool deck to allow for more deck chairs and the new bar.

January 13 - 2010 Holland America Line’s ms Prinsendam departed on a 70-day South America Grand Voyage following a ten-day drydock in Freeport, Bahamas, with new staterooms, an expanded aft pool deck, upgraded public areas and other enhancements. With the addition of 21 staterooms aft, the pool deck expanded with more space and deck chairs for guests to enjoy. A new sea-view bar was created to enhance the ambiance further. Several lounges and other public areas received new carpeting and the Wajang Theatre and Culinary Arts Center were updated with furniture and carpeting in warm, light colours. Other standard maintenance and technical service also took place along with upgrades of laundry and galley equipment.

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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