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Holland America Line to Call Next Pinnacle Class Ship Ryndam

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, measuring 99,500 tons and carrying 2,662 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 Orlando 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.”

Orlando announcing Ryndam

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford announcing the name of the new ship.

The steel 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.

Holland 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 Aria.

6 Comments
  • JOSEPH P BALDINO

    CAN’T WAIT HAVE BEEN ON THE KONINGSDAM TWICE & AM BOOKED ON THE NIEW SATENDAM FOR MAY 2020

  • Marty Bloom

    The Nieuw Statendam is a wonderful ship to sail on & we look forward to the Ryndam joining the fleet. Can’t say enough nice things about the Pinnacle Class.

  • Patricia M.

    My parents sailed on the last Ryndam – I have their souvenir coaster from the ship here on my desk! I’ll be cruising Holland America ten days from now. Looking forward to the newest Ryndam!

  • Johannes "Jon" Willem Kuiper

    I had the pleasure of sailing from Rotterdam to Montreal (I was 18) on the second Ryndam in 1961……after a hiatus of 57 years, I cruised the Caribbean on the Nieuw Amsterdam in 2018…….Now I am looking foreward to sailing on the next Ryndam in 2021.(I long enough; I am 76 now. ) The third time ought to be the best!

  • Jay Randall

    I first sailed the Ryndam in 1969, then the third generation a few years ago. I look forward to being able to say that I’ve sailed these three. I need to figure out how to be a part of the new Ryndam’s maiden voyage.

  • Vinicio A Melo Filho

    What wonderful moments we had listening to Annie Frances singing on the memorable Far East Explorer Voyage on the ms Ryndam III, sailing from Venice to Singapore on the last voyage of this ship in 2015. Now we are anxious to have some especial moments on the first voyage on the new Ryndam.

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