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Specifications of Amera
|Year built||1988 / Age: 33|
|Builder||Wartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)|
|Building cost||USD 160 million|
|Owner||Phoenix Reisen GmbH|
|Speed||18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph|
|Length (LOA)||205 m / 673 ft|
|Beam (width)||29 m / 95 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||39051 gt|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Former names||MS Prinsendam (Holland America), Seabourn Sun, Royal Viking Sun (Cunard)|
|Christened by||James Stewart (MS Prinsendam)|
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Jun 25||14 days, round-trip Norwegen Spitzbergen-Abenteuer mit Mitternachtssonne||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Jul 09||7 days, round-trip Fjordtraumereien||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Jul 16||18 days, round-trip Die grose Nordlandreise||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Aug 03||6 days, round-trip Heimatliebe und rund um Danemark||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Aug 09||23 days, round-trip Abenteuerfahrt nach Gronland||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Sep 01||9 days, round-trip Das Beste rund um Danemark||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Sep 10||15 days, round-trip Das Beste Westeuropas||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Sep 25||18 days, round-trip Mit MS Amera zu den Azoren||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Oct 13||14 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Venice||Bremerhaven|
|2021 Oct 27||10 days, one-way from Venice to Monte Carlo||Venice|
|2021 Nov 06||18 days, round-trip Die grose Mittelmeer-Reise||Monte Carlo|
|2021 Nov 24||20 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Savona||Monte Carlo|
|2021 Dec 15||6 days, round-trip Mediterraner Advents-Kurzurlaub||Monte Carlo|
|2021 Dec 21||143 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Bremerhaven||Monte Carlo|
|2021 Dec 21||25 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Cape Town||Monte Carlo|
|2022 Jan 15||18 days, one-way from Cape Town to Mahe Island||Cape Town|
|2022 Feb 02||23 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Benoa||Mahe Island|
|2022 Feb 25||23 days, one-way from Benoa to Auckland||Benoa|
|2022 Mar 20||25 days, one-way from Auckland to Callao||Auckland|
|2022 Apr 14||29 days, one-way from Callao to Bremerhaven||Callao|
|2022 May 23||11 days, round-trip Entdeckerfahrt zur Insel aus Feuer und Eis||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Jun 03||7 days, round-trip Heimatziele und Konigliches Danemark||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Jun 10||12 days, round-trip Norwegens atemberaubende Kusten Fjorde||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Jun 22||14 days, round-trip Ostsee - Prachtvolle Spuren der Vergangenheit||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Jul 06||16 days, round-trip Norwegens Welt der Fjorde und spitzen Berge||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Jul 22||14 days, round-trip Konigliche Tage rund um Grosbritannien||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Aug 05||3 days, round-trip Wochenendurlaub - mit MS Amera auf Schnuppertorn||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Aug 08||13 days, round-trip Ostsee - das Gold der Zaren||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Aug 21||22 days, round-trip Gronland - Polare Abenteuer im hohen Norden||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Sep 12||38 days, round-trip Auf groser Fahrt nach Gronland und Kanada||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Sep 12||19 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Montreal||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Oct 01||19 days, one-way from Montreal to Bremerhaven||Montreal|
|2022 Oct 20||20 days, round-trip Sonnige Aussichten zwischen Madeira und den Kanaren||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Nov 09||20 days, one-way from Bremerhaven to Hamburg||Bremerhaven|
|2022 Nov 29||13 days, round-trip Grose Adventsfahrt mit MS Amera||Hamburg|
|2022 Nov 29||7 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel||Hamburg|
|2022 Dec 06||6 days, one-way from Kiel to Hamburg||Kiel|
|2022 Dec 12||10 days, one-way from Hamburg to Monte Carlo||Hamburg|
|2022 Dec 22||125 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Bremerhaven||Monte Carlo|
|2022 Dec 22||21 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Colombo||Monte Carlo|
|2022 Dec 22||49 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Sydney||Monte Carlo|
|2023 Jan 12||28 days, one-way from Colombo to Sydney||Colombo|
|2023 Feb 09||28 days, one-way from Sydney to Puerto Vallarta||Sydney|
|2023 Mar 09||23 days, one-way from Puerto Vallarta to Nassau||Puerto Vallarta|
|2023 Apr 01||25 days, one-way from Nassau to Bremerhaven||Nassau|
Review of Amera
The 1988-launched (as "MS Prinsendam") cruise ship 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”.
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.
Amera cruise itinerary program
Phoenix Reisen's Amera cruise itinerary program is based on European voyages (Baltic, Mediterranean, Black Sea) and 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 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 cafés, bars, and lounges (both inside and out) are also available on various decks.
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 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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Marking 20 years of cruising operations, Port of Tyne (South Shields, England) saw its first cruise call by Cunard's liner Royal Viking Sun (now...August 30, 2019
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After 6 weeks at Blohm + Voss shipyards in Hamburg, Germany, ms Amera left drydock to join the fleet of Phoenix Reisen. Within the transformations...August 17, 2019
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Holland America announced that its ms Prinsendam had been sold and leaves the fleet on July 1, 2019 to become part of the German cruise line Phoenix...July 3, 2018
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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). The last Prinsendam 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 / Time||Port|
|03 Jun 17:00||Departing from Amsterdam, Holland|
|05 Jun 08:00 - 18:00||Leith-Edinburgh, Scotland|
|06 Jun 08:00 - 18:00||Invergordon, Scotland|
|07 Jun 08:00 - 18:00||Scrabster, Scotland|
|08 Jun 08:00 - 17:00||Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland|
|10 Jun 08:00 - 23:00||Dublin, Ireland|
|11 Jun 08:00 - 18:00||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|12 Jun 08:00 - 17:00||Killybegs, Ireland|
|13 Jun 08:00 - 18:00||Foynes, Ireland|
|14 Jun 11:00 - 18:00||Cobh-Cork, Ireland|
|15 Jun 12:00 - 18:00||Guernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands|
|17 Jun 07:00||Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland|
The Prinsendam-Amera ship drydock refurbishment (6-week project) was conducted by Blohm+Voss Shipyard (Hamburg Germany). Along with the general maintenance works, all the ship's 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).
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 / Time||Port|
|16 Aug 18:00||Departing from Bremerhaven, Germany|
|18 Aug 08:00 - 20:00||Dover, England|
|19 Aug 09:00 - 17:00||Antwerp, Belgium|
|20 Aug 08:00 - 14:00||Amsterdam, Holland|
|21 Aug 09:00||Arriving in Bremerhaven, Germany|
7-day inaugural Norwegian Fjords ("Fjordnorwegen vom Feinsten")
|Date / Time||Port|
|25 Aug 18:00||Departing from Bremerhaven, Germany|
|27 Aug 07:00 - 09:00||Vikoyri, Sognefjord, Norway|
|27 Aug 12:00 - 19:00||Flam, Norway|
|28 Aug 08:00 - 22:00||Bergen, Norway|
|29 Aug 07:00 - 12:00||Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Norway|
|29 Aug 17:00 - 19:00||Rosendal, Norway|
|30 Aug||Lysefjorden cruising|
|30 Aug 13:00 - 19:00||Stavanger, Norway|
|31 Aug 08:00 - 12:00||Kristiansand, Norway|
|01 Sep 09:00||Arriving in Bremerhaven, Germany|
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