It’s official! At an event aboard Holland America Statendam, the cruise line’s president Orlando Ashford, announced the name of their new ship. It’s Ryndam!
In a nod to its long line of historic ships, Holland America Line announced that its next Pinnacle Class ship will be called Ryndam. The new ship is due to launch in May 2021. This Ryndam will be the fourth ship in the company’s history to carry the name.
Ryndam – Third Pinnacle Class Ship
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.”
The steel cutting for Ryndam took place 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.
History Behind Ryndam Name
The first Ryndam was part of the Holland America Line fleet from 1901 to 1929. It started 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.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.