Amera

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

Amera current position

Amera current location is at North Sea (coordinates 53.35075 N / 7.20313 E) cruising en route to Emden. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Amera

Year built1988  /  Age: 33
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderWartsila Marine Perno Shipyard (Turku, Finland)
Building costUSD 160 million
OwnerPhoenix Reisen GmbH
OperatorPhoenix Reisen
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)205 m / 673 ft
Beam (width)29 m / 95 ft
Gross Tonnage39051 gt
Passengers835
Crew460
Passengers-to-space ratio38
Decks9
Cabins419
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesMS Prinsendam (Holland America), Seabourn Sun, Royal Viking Sun (Cunard)
Christened byJames Stewart (MS Prinsendam)
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Amera Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
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 7 days, one-way from Hamburg to Kiel Hamburg
2022 Nov 29 13 days, round-trip Grose Adventsfahrt mit MS Amera 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

Amera Review

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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.

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 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.

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). 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 / 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 - 18:00Guernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
17 Jun 07:00Arriving 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 / TimePort
16 Aug 18:00Departing from Bremerhaven, Germany
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, Germany

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

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

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