Holland America Line announced that its next Pinnacle-class liner will be named Nieuw Ryndam. The newbuild is scheduled for delivery in May 2021 as the 4th liner in HAL's history to carry the name. The 3rd was sold to the sister-brand P&O Australia in 2015 and renamed Pacific Aria.
MS Ryndam will be similar to sisterships ms Koningsdam and ms Nieuw Statendam, weighing 99,500 GT and carrying 2666 passengers.
The steel cutting for ms Ryndam was held on March 13, 2019, at Fincantieri’s yard in Marghera. This will be the 17th vessel built for Holland America by the Italian shipbuilder, that most recently delivered ms Nieuw Statendam (November 29, 2018).
The first Ryndam ship was part of the Holland America fleet between 1901-1929, starting as Rijndam prior to receiving the English spelling in 1923. Back in 1927, Ryndam I became the first HAL ship to sail a world voyage, although the vessel was chartered as a floating school at sea for that cruise.
The 2nd Ryndam ship served between 1951-1973, and the 3rd sailed in the fleet between 1993-2015 when it was transferred to P&O Australia and currently sails as Pacific Aria.