Former names: MS Prinsendam (Holland America), Seabourn Sun, Royal Viking Sun (Cunard)

Amera current position

Amera current location is at Baltic Sea (coordinates 54.37674 N / 18.65423 E) cruising The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Amera

Year of build1988  /  Age: 35
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderWartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)
Building costUSD 160 million
Speed18 kn / 33 km/h / 21 mph
Length (LOA)205 m / 673 ft
Beam (width)29 m / 95 ft
Gross Tonnage39051 gt
Passengers-to-space ratio38
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2023
Former namesMS Prinsendam (Holland America), Seabourn Sun, Royal Viking Sun (Cunard)
Christened byJames Stewart (MS Prinsendam)
OwnerPhoenix Reisen GmbH
OperatorPhoenix Reisen

Amera Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2023 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Zauberhafte Adventsreise mit MS Amera Hamburg
2023 Dec 21 25 days, one-way from Hamburg to Cape Town Hamburg
2023 Dec 21 143 days, one-way from Hamburg to Bremerhaven Hamburg
2024 Jan 15 18 days, one-way from Cape Town to Mahe Island Seychelles Cape Town
2024 Feb 02 23 days, one-way from Mahe Island Seychelles to Benoa Mahe Island Seychelles
2024 Feb 25 23 days, one-way from Benoa to Auckland Benoa
2024 Mar 19 25 days, one-way from Auckland to Callao-Lima Auckland
2024 Apr 13 29 days, one-way from Callao-Lima to Bremerhaven Callao-Lima
2024 May 12 22 days, round-trip uber Pfingsten zu den Inseln des Atlantiks Bremerhaven
2024 Jun 03 14 days, round-trip Der Zauber Norwegens zwischen Fjorden und Nordkap Bremerhaven
2024 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Atemberaubende Fjorde mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2024 Jun 24 6 days, round-trip Schnupper- Partyreise rund um Danemark Bremerhaven
2024 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Die Magie der Fjorde und Scharenkuste Bremerhaven
2024 Jul 07 19 days, round-trip Die grose Nordland-Kreuzfahrt mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2024 Jul 26 21 days, round-trip Sommer, Sonne, Strand und Inselgluck Bremerhaven
2024 Aug 16 3 days, round-trip Schnuppertorn und Wochenendtripp mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2024 Aug 19 22 days, round-trip Abenteuer Gronland mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2024 Sep 10 14 days, round-trip Der Zauber Norwegens zwischen Fjorden und Nordkap Bremerhaven
2024 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Atemberaubende Fjorde mit Schlagerstars auf MS Amera Bremerhaven
2024 Oct 01 17 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Savona Bremerhaven
2024 Oct 18 18 days, one-way from Savona to Trieste Savona
2024 Nov 05 7 days, one-way from Trieste to Savona Trieste
2024 Nov 12 20 days, one-way from Savona to Bremerhaven Savona
2024 Dec 02 21 days, round-trip Ab in den Suden mit Kurs auf die Kanaren Bremerhaven
2024 Dec 23 21 days, round-trip Weihnachten und Neujahr an Bord von MS Amera Bremerhaven
2025 Jan 13 103 days, round-trip Die grose Winterreise nach Amerika mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2025 Jan 13 29 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Rio de Janeiro Bremerhaven
2025 Feb 11 24 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to San Antonio Rio de Janeiro
2025 Mar 07 22 days, one-way from San Antonio to Santo Domingo San Antonio
2025 Mar 29 28 days, one-way from Santo Domingo to Bremerhaven Santo Domingo
2025 Apr 26 17 days, round-trip Rund um Island und schottische Highlights Bremerhaven
2025 May 13 14 days, round-trip Grosbritannien vom Feinsten Bremerhaven
2025 May 27 8 days, round-trip Fjordnorwegen zum Verlieben mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2025 Jun 04 14 days, round-trip Norwegen auf den Spuren der Postschiffe Bremerhaven
2025 Jun 18 20 days, round-trip DER Klassiker Island, Spitzbergen Norwegen Bremerhaven
2025 Jul 08 17 days, round-trip Ein Hoch auf die Azoren Bremerhaven
2025 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Fjordnorwegen zum Verlieben mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2025 Aug 01 13 days, round-trip Rund um Grosbritannien und Irland Bremerhaven
2025 Aug 14 4 days, round-trip Schnuppertorn uber das Wochenende Bremerhaven
2025 Aug 18 24 days, round-trip Groses Gronland-Abenteuer mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2025 Sep 11 8 days, round-trip Fjordnorwegen zum Verlieben mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2025 Sep 19 8 days, round-trip Fjordnorwegen zum Verlieben mit MS Amera Bremerhaven
2025 Sep 27 80 days, round-trip In 80 Tagen rund um Afrika Bremerhaven
2025 Sep 27 17 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Safaga Bremerhaven
2025 Oct 14 22 days, one-way from Safaga to Port Louis Safaga
2025 Nov 05 27 days, one-way from Port Louis to Banjul Port Louis
2025 Dec 02 14 days, one-way from Banjul to Bremerhaven Banjul
2025 Dec 16 130 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Trieste Bremerhaven
2025 Dec 16 77 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Sydney Bremerhaven
2025 Dec 16 27 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Panama City Bremerhaven
2026 Jan 12 24 days, one-way from Panama City to Papeete Panama City
2026 Feb 05 26 days, one-way from Papeete to Sydney Papeete
2026 Mar 03 26 days, one-way from Sydney to Port Louis Sydney
2026 Mar 29 27 days, one-way from Port Louis to Trieste Port Louis

Amera Review

Review of Amera

The 1988-built (as "MS Prinsendam") MS Amera cruise ship was previously operated by Holland America Line - for 17 years (between 2002-2019). The small-sized vessel was initially built for Royal Viking Line (1972-1998 / defunct) under the name "Royal Viking Sun". It was purchased by Cunard Line and operated until 1998 (as Royal Viking Sun), then was transferred to Seabourn and in the period 1999-2002 was named Seabourn Sun.

The vessel (IMO number 8700280) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311000840) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

The German cruise tour company Phoenix Reisen (shipowner) started cruise operations under its own brand in 1988, with the chartered for 20 years liner TS Maxim Gorkiy (1969-2009 scrapped, owned by USSR's Black Sea Shipping Company / later privatized and renamed Sovcomflot). In 1993, Phoenix Reisen added a second cruise liner - SS Albatros (1957-built as RMS Sylvania, 2004-scrapped as SS Genoa). The vessel was chartered from V-Ships for 10 years (1993-2003). Today, Phoenix Reisen (travel agency and cruise brand) has a large fleet of chartered and owned ocean ships and riverboats.

Phoenix Reisen MS Amera cruise ship

Amera cruise itinerary program

Phoenix Reisen's Amera cruise itinerary program is based on European voyages (Baltic, Mediterranean, Black Sea) and a once-per-year World Cruise. In Northern Europe, the ship is homeported in Bremerhaven Germany. In the Mediterranean, the ship leaves out of various ports, mainly in Italy and France.

Decks and Cabins

MS Prinsendam/Amera staterooms (419 total) include 67 Suites, 99 Balcony, 31 Inside, 6 Single cabins, in all 23 grades. Most MS Prinsendam staterooms were 150-270 ft2 / 14-25 m2 Oceanviews (222). MS Amsterdam's largest was the Pinnacle Suite (860 ft2 / 80 m2 plus 335 ft2 / 31 m2 terrace). MS Amera's largest is the Royal Suite (860 ft2 / 80 m2 with the balcony).

The MS Amera ship is conditionally suitable for guests using wheelchairs. There are cabins (#801, 807, 820, 828, 1016, 1019) on the Salon and Jupiter decks that are wheelchair-accessible (disability-friendly) with wide door entrances, a shower with grab bars, no threshold to the bathroom.

The boat has 13 decks, of which 9 passenger-accessible and 8 with cabins.

Shipboard facilities and amenities

MS Amera guests can benefit from culinary highlights at various events in the ship's restaurants, with long table times and a free choice of seats. MS Amera has two equivalent restaurants named "Amera" (buffet-style breakfast, waiter-served lunch, and dinner) and "Ocean" (buffet-style/waiter-served breakfast; waiter-served lunch and dinner). Another dining venue is the Lido Buffet Restaurant. In addition, passengers have the opportunity to book a table for a special evening in Pichler's Restaurant (reservations are only possible onboard, no extra charge is applied). Many cafes, bars, and lounges (both inside and out) are also available on various decks.

MS Prinsendam cruise ship (Amera, Phoenix Reisen)

During the day, passengers can expect a variety of program offers and in the evening live music and show entertainment. The onboard boutiques sell perfumes, jewellery, toiletries, cosmetics, souvenirs, sweets, and a selection of women's and men's clothing. Many onboard events and shore excursions are accompanied by a professional photographer and cameraman. Guests can buy the resulting photos at the photoshop. Weddings or renewal of the vows is possible onboard for voyages of 10 days or more. The ceremony is performed by the on-board chaplain or the captain.

MS Amera has a whirlpool, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and a large SPA with spa area, saunas, steam room, relaxation room, massage department (for a fee), and beauty salon. Reservations for the ship's SPA & Wellness area are possible online from approximately two weeks prior to the departure.

MS Prinsendam cruise ship (Amera, Phoenix Reisen)

MS Amera provides a modernly furnished infirmary (ship hospital) run by a German-speaking doctor whose services are not part of the travel contract. In all cases, the doctor charges a fee for his services and the costs of medicines. Oxygen devices working with ambient air are allowed onboard.

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Holland America Prinsendam was the company's smallest and oldest ship. The vessel is of the unique Explorer-class, and its history includes the following former names, shipowners and operators - "MS Royal Viking Sun" (1988-1998, by Royal Viking Lines and Cunard Line / 1994-1998), "MS Seabourn Sun" (for Seabourn, 1998-2002) and "MS Prinsendam" (2002-2019, by Holland America Line / Seattle-based cruise company owned by Carnival Corporation).

Ship's Maiden Voyage was on November 29, 1988 (after the drydock in Turku, Finland). Prinsendam's first World Cruise was in 1989 (100-day itinerary leaving from San Francisco CA). Because of its design, smaller size/capacity and the "Around The World" voyage every year (since 1988), Prinsendam in HAL's fleet was nicknamed "Elegant Explorer". MS Prinsendam was Holland-flagged (MMSI number 244126000). MS Amera was reflagged to Bahamas (MMSI 311000840).

In July 2018, the vessel was sold to Phoenix Reisen, starting operations for the German travel company on July 1, 2019. Under its new name (MS Amera) it was officially christened in Port Bremerhaven on August 16. The vessel is owned by Phoenix Reisen and managed by BSM (Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, a 2000-founded subsidiary of Bernhard Schulte GmbH und Co KG). The cruise liner received several major technical upgrades during the drydocking in 2019 at Blohm+Voss Shipyard (Hamburg).


Prinsendam's cruise schedule was assimilated by the fleetmates MS Rotterdam, MS Volendam and MS Veendam (now Aegean Majesty). Prinsendam's last cruise for Holland America was scheduled for June 3, 2019. The 14-day "British Isles Explorer" itinerary was priced from USD 5400 pp (double occupancy).

Date / TimePort
03 Jun 17:00Departing from Amsterdam, Holland
05 Jun 08:00 - 18:00Leith-Edinburgh, Scotland
06 Jun 08:00 - 18:00Invergordon, Scotland
07 Jun 08:00 - 18:00Scrabster, Scotland
08 Jun 08:00 - 17:00Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland
10 Jun 08:00 - 23:00Dublin, Ireland
11 Jun 08:00 - 18:00Belfast, Northern Ireland
12 Jun 08:00 - 17:00Killybegs, Ireland
13 Jun 08:00 - 18:00Foynes, Ireland
14 Jun 11:00 - 18:00Cobh-Cork, Ireland
15 Jun 12:00 - 18:00St Peter Port, Guernsey Channel Islands
17 Jun 07:00Arriving in Amsterdam

Prinsendam/Amera ship refurbishments review

The Prinsendam-Amera ship drydock refurbishment (6-week project) was conducted by Blohm+Voss Shipyard (Hamburg Germany).

Along with the general maintenance works, all cabins were renovated, while most public venues were redesigned (partially or completely), mainly on decks 7 (Boardwalk) and 8 (Salon). The open deck area (Panorama Deck 12) was redesigned for mini-golfing.


MS Amera was upgraded with mobile business solutions provided by Resco (Bratislava Slovakia-based software company). The package included PMS (Property Management Software) with eMuster, aPOS (Point of Sale / cloud-based), eCheck-in, AVO (real-time tracking of cabin staff operations), eConcierge (with mobile apps).

MS Amera's last drydock refurbishment was in 2023 (September 27-December 14) conducted at Remontowa shipyard (Gdansk Poland). The project (managed by BSM Cruise Services) included a powerplant upgrade (replacement of the diesel engines, gearboxes, alternators, main switchboard), propulsion upgrades (new propellers), technical overhaul (machinery repairs and modifications), renovations of venues and accommodations (Ocean Restaurant, 232 stateroom bathrooms, Royal Suite redesign, recarpeting of all public areas).

Phoenix Reisen Amera inaugural Itineraries 2019

Starting service for Phoenix Reisen in July 2019, MS Amera was homeported in Bremerhaven Germany for regularly scheduled roundtrip itineraries.

Next table shows the boat's inaugural cruise for Phoenix Reisen

(Maiden Voyage) 5-day "Premierenreise mit Taufevent"

Date / TimePort
16 Aug 18:00Departing from Bremerhaven
18 Aug 08:00 - 20:00Dover, England
19 Aug 09:00 - 17:00Antwerp, Belgium
20 Aug 08:00 - 14:00Amsterdam, Holland
21 Aug 09:00Arriving in Bremerhaven

7-day inaugural Norwegian Fjords ("Fjordnorwegen vom Feinsten")

Date / TimePort
25 Aug 18:00Departing from Bremerhaven
27 Aug 07:00 - 09:00Vikoyri, Sognefjord
27 Aug 12:00 - 19:00Flam
28 Aug 08:00 - 22:00Bergen
29 Aug 07:00 - 12:00Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord
29 Aug 17:00 - 19:00Rosendal
30 AugLysefjorden cruising
30 Aug 13:00 - 19:00Stavanger
31 Aug 08:00 - 12:00Kristiansand
01 Sep 09:00Arriving in Bremerhaven