Holland America Line has celebrated the keel laying of its new 2,668-passenger ‘Ryndam’ at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. A 505-ton block, measuring 14 by 34 meters, was lowered by crane into the yard’s building dock, marking the official beginning of construction.
Holland America Line has reached a milestone in the building of Ryndam, its next Pinnacle-class ship, with the successful launch of the forward lower section. Also known as the “troncone,” the element was launched at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard in Italy.
Under the agreement, Carnival Corporation will develop a new cruise port destination primarily for Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama, and construction of a new addition, including a pier, on the Bahamian island of Little San Salvador, home to Holland America Line’s Half Moon Cay port.
In a nod to its long line of historic ships, Holland America Line has announced that its next Pinnacle class ship will be called Ryndam. The new build, due for delivery in May 2021, will be the fourth ship in the company’s history to carry the name.
The newbuild, due for delivery in May 2021, will be the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by Fincantieri, which most recently delivered Nieuw Statendam.
Holland America Line has hosted a dedication ceremony for Nieuw Statendam at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. TV star Oprah Winfrey officially named the ship in a ceremony on board.
Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet, returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy earlier after successfully completing two sets of sea trials off the coast.
Holland America Line has announced that Prinsendam will leave its fleet in July next year, and transfer to the German cruise company Phoenix Reisen.
Holland America Line has revealed Oprah Winfrey will serve as godmother of its new Nieuw Statendam vessel. In support of the appointment O, the Oprah Magazine, has announced a three-day Girls’ Getaway cruise on the ship, starting on January 30th next year.
Carnival Corporation has revealed it will launch four new cruise ships in 2018 across four of its ten brands. Carnival Cruise Line, America’s most trusted and popular line; Holland America Line, one of cruising’s most popular premium lines with a 145-year history; Seabourn, the leader in small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising; and AIDA Cruises, the leading cruise brand in Germany, will all receive new ships.
In anticipation of the upcoming float-out of ms Nieuw Statendam, Holland America Line held the ship’s coin ceremony at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.
One of the most notable features of any Holland America Line ship is the remarkable collection of museum-quality art on board. The line’s newest vessel, ms Koningsdam, which launched in April 2016, is no exception.