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.
The Pinnacle Class ship is scheduled for delivery in May 2021.
The event was attended by Keith Taylor, Holland America Group executive vice president, fleet operations, and Jan Koller, Holland America Line project manager, newbuilds.
The block laid was one of 85 blocks in total that will make up the ship.
“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,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.
“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.”
As the third in the series, Ryndam will feature the highly successful Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations.
This is the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most recently built Pinnacle sister ship Nieuw Statendam.