Holland America Line has celebrated the keel laying of its new Pinnacle-class ship at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. The 2,668-passenger Ryndam is scheduled for delivery in May 2021 and will sail in Europe.
The official beginning of construction was marked by a crane lowering a 505-tonne block, measuring approximately 14m x 34m (45ft x 111ft), into the yard’s building dock. It is one of 85 blocks that will be used to build the ship.
“The keel laying is an important construction milestone because it marks the moment when we can really start to watch the ship take shape and progress towards its launch in 18 months,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Adding Ryndam to our fleet will provide a new canvas for us to share our brand and enable us to show the world to even more cruisers.”
Ryndam will be the line’s third Pinnacle-class ship and will feature various amenities and innovations including the 270° surround screen World Stage, Rudi’s Sel de Mer, Grand Dutch Cafe, Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Rolling Stone Rock Room. The ship’s design will be created by leading hospitality designer Adam D Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten.
This is the fourth of the line’s 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, 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, where it now cruises as Pacific Aria.
This newest Ryndam is the 17th ship that the Fincantieri shipyard has constructed for Holland America Line. Sister ship Nieuw Statendam was the most recent to be delivered. The cruise line began its relationship with Fincantieri in 1992 with the building of Statendam.
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