The next Holland America Line cruise ship which enters service in 2021 has reached a major construction milestone at the Fincantieri shipyard.
Keel Laying Ceremony Held for Ryndam
A ceremony was held at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Italy to celebrate the keel laying of Holland America’s next new cruise ship. The large block which is the first of many as the new vessel comes together measures 14 meters long, 34 wide and weighing more than 500 tons. The block was lowered and laid into the dockyard where the ship is being constructed.
Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said:
“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 toward its launch in 18 months.”
“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.”
The ship is the third in the Pinnacle-class for Holland America Line and will be the sister to Koningsdam which was delivered in 2016 and Nieuw Statendam which joined the feet in 2018.
Once completed Ryndam will be 99,800 gross tons, measuring almost 300 meters long with a guest capacity of 2,668 in 1,340 cabins. She will have a modern and contemporary style inside with two of the world’s major and prestigious architecture studios, Tihany Design and Yran & Storbraaten.
Physical construction started on the new vessel in March 2019 and she will become the 17th cruise ship for the Carnival-owned cruise line. Still to come is the float out onto the water for the very first time, sea trials and then finally delivery from the shipyard to Holland America Line.