Due for delivery in 2021,
newbuild is fourth ship in company history to carry the name
Seattle, Wash., April 7, 2019 — In a nod to its long line of historic ships that helped build
the foundation for cruising as we know it today, Holland America Line announced
that its next Pinnacle Class ship will be called Ryndam. The newbuild,
due for delivery in May 2021, will be the fourth ship in the company's history
to carry the name.
Ryndam will be similar to sister
ships Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, weighing 99,500 tons and
carrying 2,666 guests. As the third in the series, Ryndam will feature
enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations, along with Holland America
Line hallmarks that drive one of the highest guest repeat rates in the industry.
"Holland America Line honors the timeless tradition of
cruising while also embracing new innovations for today's travelers, and the
name Ryndam reflects the unique history of this company while honoring
previous ships that were progressive in their time as this last Ryndam will
be," said Orland Ashford, Holland America Line's president. "From the first Ryndam
more than 100 years ago to the most recent, the namesake ships have been
beloved by our guests. The next Ryndam will bring new life to one of the
most notable series of vessels in our history."
cutting for Ryndam, signifying the official beginning of the building
process, was held March 13, 2019 at Fincantieri's shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
This will be the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by the Italian
shipbuilder, which most recently delivered Nieuw Statendam.
America Line's Historic Ships Named Ryndam
The first Ryndam
was part of the Holland America Line fleet from 1901 to 1929, starting as Rijndam
before receiving the English spelling in 1923. In 1927 Ryndam I became
the first Holland America Line ship to sail a world cruise, although it was
chartered as a floating school at sea for that voyage. The second Ryndam served
from 1951 to 1973, and the third sailed in the fleet from 1993 through 2015,
when it was transferred to sister brand P&O Australia and now cruises as Pacific
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Holland America Line's
fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98
countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways
to 128-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven continents, with
highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations,
EXC In-Depth Voyages, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia & New Zealand and
Asia voyages; two annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean,
Alaska, Mexico, Canada & New England, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line
welcomed Nieuw Statendam in December 2018, and the third Pinnacle Class
ship, Ryndam, will be delivered in 2021.
The company's brand evolution in recent years secured its position as the leader
in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a
diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and
personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge through exclusive
partnerships with O, The Oprah Magazine and America's Test Kitchen and at
unique BBC Earth live music and on-screen experiences. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B.
King's Blues Club, Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard Onboard. The dining
experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature
selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising
world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for guests.