Major Section of Ryndam Launched in Palermo

Major Section of Ryndam Launched in Palermo

Holland America Line reached a milestone in the building of Ryndam — our next Pinnacle Class ship — with the successful launch of the forward lower section of the ship, also known as the “troncone,” at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard in Italy on October 3. After an official blessing by Padre Giovanni Cassata, Madrina Giuseppa Catalano cut the rope to release the celebratory bottle of Champagne that smashed against the ship’s hull for good luck. Ryndam is expected to be delivered in May 2021.

RYndam blessing


Ryndam troncone

Ryandam troncone

Ryndam into water

Measuring 269 feet (82 meters) long, 115 feet (35 meters) wide and weighing 4,400 tons, the section will soon leave the Palermo yard and be moved to Marghera for an early-November arrival. Jan Koller, project manager, newbuilds for Holland America Line, was at the ceremony.

“This is Ryndam’s first major milestone since the steel cutting, and it’s so exciting to see a large portion of the ship taking shape and already in the water,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Watching a new ship come together piece by piece builds anticipation, and we will soon be announcing the inaugural itineraries for Ryndam cruises in summer 2021. Like her sister ships Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, Ryndam will be a true masterpiece.”

Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard also is building sections of Ryndam that are being assembled, and the Palermo section will be added when it arrives.

The 2,668-guest Ryndam’s next major milestone will be the keel laying when the ship’s first block is placed into the drydock. From there, blocks will be added weekly until the steel structure is complete (July 2020) and the dock can be flooded for the official float out.

As the third in the series, Ryndam will feature the highly successful Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations including the 270-degree surround screen World Stage, Rudi’s Sel de Mer, Grand Dutch Café, Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Rolling Stone Rock Room.


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  1. Erika Dimuro October 11, 2019 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I came to the USA on the original Rhyndam in 1957, would lov

  2. Erika Dimuro October 11, 2019 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I came to the USA on the original Rhyndam in 1957, would love
    to see this ship.

  3. Craig Maxwell October 11, 2019 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Can’ Wait to see this ship. We are doing the transatlantic on the Koingsdam in a few weeks.

  4. Carey Shore October 11, 2019 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Lovely, always interested in your new ships.
    Please keep me advised of the inaugural sailings.

  5. Paul Johnson October 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Build a new smaller ship like Prinsendam.

  6. Nancy Hofmann October 11, 2019 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    I took a cruise on the Rydam in 2015, the ship is on my profile page….i enjoyed that ship very much, i hated to see it leave.It was the smallest ship, besides the veendam, i had the best time on that cruise, met the nicest people and i still see them today….the staff wa s also accomadating, curtious, and attended to every need..It was the first cruise for both of my sons, they are 29 and 30, and had the best time, and really enjoyed the cruise…..i will be looking forward for the Rhydam to come back……

  7. David Thomassen October 12, 2019 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Cannot wait to see the intinerary being released in the coming months. We’ve been on Koningsdam twice and absolutely love this size ship. We look forward to seeing more information on this ship build and hopefully being on her in 2021. We love Holland America cruiseline.

  8. Paul Titheradge October 12, 2019 at 4:41 am - Reply

    Far cry from our first cruise with Holland America….that was the Zuderdam from Vancouver to Alaska. Would lover to be on-board for her inaugural cruise….looks absolutely amazing! Bless here and all who sail in her.

  9. Robert Curbelo October 12, 2019 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Amazing to see. I am so excited for the release of the itinerary, as we’re wanting to have a belated fifth anniversary during its inaugural season, (assuming she’s brought to a US port and we can swing it $). Hubby has never been on a cruise, and I can’t wait to share the experience with him. (I’ve managed just three, all with HAL, a 7-day Alaskan, 9-day New England and a 14-day B2B East/West Caribbean).

  10. Gerard Starrenburg October 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I came over and immigrated to the US on the Rijndam II from Rotterdam via Le Havre, Southampton, Halifax, and arrived in New York on 6 Jan 1959. I am planning to once again cross the Atlantic on the new Ryndam with my wife. Would like to have a together on the ship with many who came over to North America on Rijndam II. Maybe HAL could give us a discounted price as long as we can prove our crossing. I have my passenger list with my name on it with all the info provided

  11. Heinz Toroxel November 12, 2019 at 11:31 am - Reply

    About Paul Johnson’s comment – we also like the smaller ships very much. We are boarding the “old” Prinsendam (now MS “Amera”) in September 2020 in Bremerhaven/Germany. Hoping HAL will keep
    some of the smaller ships for the future – maybe a new one to look for ?!

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