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Holland America Line's History

Known for mid-size “dam” ships, Holland America Line history dates to an 1873 founding as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company, later known as Holland America after its transatlantic service started to the Americas. In addition to Mexican Riviera adventure, Holland America (a Carnival Corporation premium brand) operates seven-, 10- and 14-day Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral and Tampa along with sailings in the Panama Canal, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Canada/New England, and Alaska. Vessels, including flagship Rotterdam VI, carry names of predecessors from Amsterdam to Zaandam. Known for consistent, attentive service, Holland America ships have more staff members per guest than any other major cruise line. By 2006 Holland America’s capacity will grow to 15 ships with debut of three more 1,848-passenger Vista Class ships. HAL offers the only trip cancellation program in the industry offering cash back for canceling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure.

Quick View

Designed to carry fewer passengers than other mid-sized premium class ships, Ryndam is among the most spacious ships at sea, with an easily navigable deck plan including an atrium lobby with the shore excursion office, photo gallery, boutiques, Internet center, and the lively Ocean Bar. The two-tiered Rotterdam Dining Room has a grand sweeping staircase, and suites have private verandas. As with all Holland America ships, white gloved staff members greet and escort guests to staterooms, helping create the ambiance of cruising on history’s great liners. In 2004, HAL’s 500-plus sailings on 13 ships from 23 home ports include 37 voyages to Mexico. Ryndam sails 26 departures to Mexico from San Diego on 7- and 10-day round-trip itineraries calling at Cabo San Lucas, the Sea of Cortez, and Mexican Riviera ports of Mazatlán, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta. Ryndam’s shore excursions are varied, with Cabo San Lucas alone offering beach horseback riding, sportsfishing and sea kayaking. Puerto Vallarta shore excursions range from off-road bicycle adventure to Town, Country & Tequila, a shopping excursion stopping at a tequila factory where horses and ostriches are raised. Ole!

Fast Facts

Year entering service: 1994
Registry: The Netherlands
Tonnage (GRT): 55,451
Cruising Speed: 22 knots (maximum)
Capacity: 1,266
Decks: 8
Crew: 602
Officer Nationality: Dutch
Cruise / Hotel Staff Nationality: Indonesian, Filipino, International
Destinations: Mexico and Alaska

About Gratuities
Holland America’s long-standing “tipping not required” policy forbids solicitation. Guests are welcome to extend tips for outstanding service.

Disabled Access
Public spaces and staterooms in various categories accommodate wheel-chair users, and crew members are particularly attentive to needs of the disabled.

Ship Features

Like all Holland America vessels, Ryndam features priceless antiques and museum-quality artwork in halls and public spaces, along with bouquets of fresh, fragrant flowers in restaurants and lounges. Ryndam was among the first Holland America ships debuting the Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant and its success has led to fleetwide rollout. The Pinnacle Grill features warm fabrics complemented by fine wood accents evocative of the Pacific Northwest, all blending with overall ship décor. The restaurant offers wines from renowned Pacific Northwest vineyards. Ryndam also has an Internet Center, and a Concierge Lounge for exclusive use of guests in suites.

Ryndam’s Penthouse Suite (1,126 square feet) has a bedroom with king-sized bed and master bath including a whirlpool tub, dressing room, living room, dining room, pantry, guest bath, and private veranda. Deluxe Veranda Suites (563 square feet) have whirlpool baths, sitting areas and dressing rooms. The 120 Veranda Suites (284 square feet) have whirlpool baths and sitting areas. Large Outside Staterooms (197 square feet) have convertible queen-sized beds and tub/shower combinations. Large Inside Staterooms (182 square feet) have baths with showers.

Stateroom amenities
All staterooms have television, telephone and multi-channel music. Not all staterooms within each category have identical furniture configuration and/or facilities.

Kid & Teen Stuff
Club HAL offers supervised fun for ages 5 and up, including story time, art and crafts, ice cream sundae parties, and candy bar bingo for up to age 8. For tweens (9 through 12) and teens to 17, there’s miniature golf, pool and pizza parties, video games, disco, movies and more.

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Life Aboard

In time-honored tradition, a uniformed steward strolls the ship, striking the chimes summoning guests to sumptuous meals in the elegant, candlelit Rotterdam dining room. In the Lido Restaurant, breakfast can mean made-to-order omelets, berries and pancakes, and lunch brings Asian stir-fry, pastas, and salads. Burgers, hot dogs and tacos are prepared poolside Terrace Grill, and the Java Café brews espresso drinks. Pinnacle Grill, the reservations-only restaurant, offers cuisine of the Pacific Northwest at an additional charge of $20 per person. Between meals, guests enjoy a complimentary ice cream bar, pre-dinner hot hors d’oeuvres and late night snacks. There is also 24-hour room service. Special diets including low- or no salt, low-fat, sugar-free, vegetarian and Kosher can be accommodated.

Sports / Health / Fitness
Ocean Spa Fitness Center, featuring beauty and spa rituals by Steiner Leisure, has dual saunas, dual steam rooms, massage rooms, a beauty/barber shop, a juice bar and two practice tennis courts. There’s a fully equipped gym, a domed, all-weather pool, and a jogging track circles the ship.

The two-tiered, 600-seat Vermeer Show Lounge hosts sparkling production shows and other entertainment. At the Wajang Theatre, the hot buttered popcorn is free along with popular new-release comedies, dramas, and thrillers. For diversion, Ryndam also has the lovely Delft Library, a 48-seat card room, and chic shops stocked with duty-free goods from French fragrances and Swiss watches to designer wear. Talented Indonesian and Filipino crew members also put on crew shows with music and dance from their native lands.

Guests can try their luck at 116 slot machines, a Sega 5-player blackjack machine, a 6-player Mega-Cash, 6 blackjack tables, a Caribbean Stud poker table, a roulette table and a dice table. Mega-Slot tournament action begins after 11 p.m., when stewards fill glasses with champagne.

From cocktails in the 68-seat Piano Bar to post shore excursion drinks in the 138-seat Ocean Bar just off the lobby, Ryndam has several popular watering holes. At night, dance music, fox trot and waltzing to disco, emanates from cozy lounges. After dinner, complimentary espresso and hand-dipped chocolates are served in the elegant 82-seat Explorer’s Lounge. The late-night crowd also heads to the 366-seat Crow’s Nest Lounge, which by day is great for enjoying panoramic views.


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