Ryndam in the Aurlandsfjord in 2013
|Owner:||HAL Nederland NV|
|Operator:||Holland America Line|
|Port of registry:|| Bahamas, Nassau (1994–1996)
Netherlands, Rotterdam (1996–present)
|Yard number:||Monfalcone 5883|
|Completed:||9 September 1994|
|Identification:||Call sign: PHFV
IMO number: 8919269
MMSI number: 245026000
|Class & type:||Statendam-class cruise ship|
|Length:||220 m (720 ft)|
|Beam:||32 m (105 ft)|
|Draught:||7.71 m (25.3 ft)|
|Depth:||19.13 m (62.8 ft)|
|Deck clearance:||11.42 m (37.5 ft)|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
MS Ryndam is a cruise ship owned and operated by Holland America Line that is named for a dam on the Rhine River. She offers enhanced amenities and services and is designed to carry fewer passengers than other ships in her class. Themed around Dutch exploration, the décor features art and artifacts from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Ryndam is the third Statendam-class ship ordered by Holland America Line after the company's acquisition by Carnival. The preceding two ships in this class are Statendam and Maasdam, both of which are still active. The Holland America Line previously had a passenger ship named Ryndam, a 12,340 gross ton ship built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast in 1901 and scrapped in 1929.
Ryndam's styling builds upon that of the ships that were active for Holland America at the time of the purchase by Carnival, specifically the layouts of MS Noordam and MS Nieuw Amsterdam. Public rooms such as the Explorers Lounge, Crow's Nest and Lido Restaurant, as well as their placement on the ship, all are transfers from these previous builds.
Concept and construction
Built at Fincantieri, Ryndam features art specifically commissioned for the ship, including the sculpture featured in the central atrium that spans three decks—Lower Promenade, Promenade and Upper Promenade. Included amongst the art collection are pieces gleaned from previous Holland America ships from their more than 130 year history. Since Holland America recycles their ship names (new versions of Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam are currently sailing), some references to previous ships that bore the name Ryndam can also be found.
The ship features 10 passenger-accessible decks, from the Sky Deck to A Deck. B Deck and below are reserved for crew activities, service facilities and crew accommodations. B Deck is only accessible to passengers during tendering operations. In order to facilitate moving of service equipment and supplies, Ryndam's B Deck features a classic "Broadway" construction—a wide central passage that runs the full length of the ship.
The ship is powered by twin diesel-electric engines with a top cruising speed of 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph).
Signature of Excellence program
Ryndam received SOEP1 which included Pinnacle Grill specialty restaurant, the Neptune Lounge for suite guests, the Culinary Arts Center with demonstration kitchen, expanded children’s and teens’ facilities, enhanced stateroom amenities, and improved dining and enrichment offerings and recently received SOEP2 in February 2010 which included Spa Staterooms, Mix which is a bar type lounge & Showroom at Sea (nightclub/lounge).
During Ryndam's inaugural season in Alaska, a fire broke out in one of the shop storage lockers on the ship's B Deck just off the "Broadway" corridor during docking operations in Juneau, Alaska, causing minor damage. The fire was quickly contained and cruise operations were unaffected.
Ports of call
The vessel currently rotates between Caribbean sailings in the winter based out of Tampa, Florida and Europe sailings during the summer based out of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Netherlands as well as Dover, England and Barcelona, Spain.
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