Holland America Line has announced that its third Pinnacle Class ship will be named Ryndam. Due to launch in May 2021 she will be the fourth ship in the company’s history to carry the name.
Like the first two ships in the class Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam the new ship will have a gross weight of 99,500 tonnes and will accomodate 2,666 guests. As the third in the series, Ryndam will feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations, the company said.
A ceremony marking the first steel cutting was held March 13, 2019 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy. Ryndam is the 17th ship the Italian shipbuilder has constructed for Holland America, with the most recent delivery being Nieuw Statendam.
“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 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.