August 19, 2019 - MS Amera has been sailing for the Bonn-based cruise operator Phoenix Reisen since August 16th. After weeks of renovation, the ship was christened last Friday at the Columbus Cruise Center in Bremerhaven. Petra Kaiser, a long-time employee of the company, acted as godmother.
Before MS Amera could embark on her first cruise under the Phoenix flag to the fjords of southern Norway, the ship went through an elaborate beauty treatment. The former "Prinsendam" of Holland America Line was extensively rebuilt and embellished over the course of six weeks at Blohm + Voss under for more than 40 million euros. The photo shows MS Amera in the Hamburg floating dock of the Blohm + Voss shipyard.
MS Amera in the floating dock of the Blohm + Voss shipyard
The Phoenix-style christening of MS Amera was less spectacular than the ship christenings of the established competitors. The team around the managing directors celebrated with guests, press and onlookers at the Columbus Cruise Center in Bremerhaven.
The 205 meter long MS Amera is 31 years old. She began her career in 1988 as the Royal Viking Sun. In 2000 she moved to Seabourn and from 2002 she drove as Prinsendam for Holland America Line. The cruise ship, measured at 39.051 GT, can accommodate a maximum of 835 mostly German guests on nine passenger decks. About 420 to 440 crew members take care of the guests under the direction of the “Sea Chefs”. The cruising speed is given as 15 to 18 knots.
During the stay in the shipyard, the ship was rebuilt and modernized. Several bars, various cabins and outdoor areas have undergone changes. MS Amera is characterized by its manageable dimensions and a large amount of space for passengers. The all-round promenade and the lookout over the bridge are perceived as pleasant. Guests choose between various cabin types, from the inside cabin to the suite. Free choice of table and long table times are common in the main restaurants "Ozean" and "Amera". There is also the “Lido” buffet restaurant and the “Pichler's” specialty restaurant. Bars, lounges and cafes are spread over several decks.