Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cruise Ship "PRINSENDAM" in Lisbon





 Built in Finland by WARTSILA at Turku as the ROYAL VIKING SUN this really handsome ship was completed in 1988, she was operated and owned by ROYAL VIKING LINE until 1994 when she was acquired by CUNARD, the same name was preserved until 1998 when CUNARD was bought by CARNIVAL GROUP who transferred the ship to another member of the group, SEABOURN CRUISE LINE, she was then renamed SEABOURN SUN, the ship was operated by SEABOURN until 2002 when she was once again transferred to another company of the group, the prestigious HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, after a refit she was once again renamed "PRINSENDAM". The ship is 37.848 GRT, has capacity for 740 passengers and cruises at 18 knots.
"PRINSENDAM" was recently engaged on a successful rescue operation, when on her way to the Portuguese port of Portimao, she was requested by the Portuguese Coast Guard to attend a sinking Portuguese fishing boat with 8 people on board, the fishermen were safely brought ashore by the cruise ship.

Photos of the "PRINSENDAM" in the Tagus, assisted by a tug and manoeuvring towards her berth, the Iconic GARE MARITIMA DA ROCHA, built between 1945 and 1948, 2.5.2012

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