MS Ryndam

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MS Ryndam, leaving the Port of Tampa in January 2006.
Name: MS Ryndam
Operator: Holland America Line
Port of registry:  Netherlands
In service: 1994
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: S-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 55,819 gross tons
Length: 720 feet (220 m)
Beam: 101 feet (31 m)
Decks: 10
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Capacity: 1,258 passengers
Crew: 602

The 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.


The MS Ryndam is the 3rd ship in the Statendam Class ordered by Holland America Line after its acquisition by Carnival. The preceding two ships in this class are the Statendam and Maasdam, both of which are still active.

The styling of the Ryndam builds upon that of the ships that were active for Holland America at the time of the purchase by Carnival, specifically the layouts of the MS Noordam and MS Nieuw Amsterdam, both of which have since been retired. 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.[citation needed]

Built at Fincantieri, the 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 the Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam are currently sailing), some references to previous ships that bore the Ryndam name can also be found.[citation needed]

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, the Ryndam's B Deck features a classic "Broadway" construction - a wide central passage that runs the full length of the ship.[citation needed]

During its inaugural season in Alaska, a fire broke out in one of the shop storage lockers on the Ryndam's B Deck just off the "Broadway" corridor during docking operations in Juneau, causing minor damage. The fire was quickly contained and cruise operations were unaffected. This remains the only significant incident involving the Ryndam.[citation needed]

The ship is powered by twin diesel-electric engines with a top cruising speed of 22.6 knots.[citation needed]


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