Several of the crew of Ryndam went swimming with the sea lions when the ship called at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, recently. Crew Purser Ioana sent in these fun photos.
On April 2, 2009, our ship’s officers were invited to take turns dealing during a charity Black Jack tournament which raised over $400. The proceeds of the evening will be spent to provide food for the local orphanage in La Paz, Mexico. The evening was a great success and enjoyed by our guests. On behalf… read more of “Ryndam Holds Black…”
A new program to help those in need kicked off along the Embarcadero on March 6, 2009. The Port of San Diego is participating with Holland America Line’s Ship to Shelter program, a philanthropic endeavor which donates items from cruise ships to homeless shelters. Items include pots, pans, plates, books, televisions, individual-sized lotion and shampoo…. read more of “Holland America…”
Guest Roy W. Hogue sent us this message and photo after his recent cruise aboard Ryndam: One of the highlights of our cruise was the opportunity to talk with Captain Smit, master of the ms Ryndam and ask him to pose for a picture with my wife Catharine. Catharine was born in The Netherlands and… read more of “When a Captain Is a…”
Last spring on the ms Ryndam, I captured the magic of Glacier Bay National Park in another time-capture sequence. Of course, nothing can compare to actually being on board and enjoying this magnificent environment with all your senses, but this video will give you the experience in a nutshell (if you can crack one in… read more of “Glacier Bay — The…”
Statendam and Ryndam crew members were among the first in Holland America to receive certificates in a new lifeboat assistant training course. The Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft (CPSC) course includes practical lessons in lifeboat rowing, raft turning, lifeboat maneuvering and man-overboard rescues, not to mention theory lessons and exams.
Upon arriving for the second time at Guaymas, Mexico, Ryndam was greeted with more than a dozen musicians who gave a special performance for Captain Frans Consen to celebrate his birthday. Ryndam’s guests and crew also were treated to Guaymas’ annual Shrimp Festival, where they were able to sample and enjoy more than 20 different… read more of “Mariachis Play for…”
On Oct. 16, 2008, Ryndam made its first call at Guaymas, Mexico. Not only was it the first call for a Holland America ship, it was the first time ever the port had received any cruise ship. And it almost didn’t happen — as late as the day before arrival they were still dredging the… read more of “First Call at…”