The lowering of the 505-ton block into the building dock marked the beginning of construction (Image: Holland America Line)
Holland America Line has celebrated the keel laying of its new Pinnacle-class cruise ship Ryndam at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in May 2021.
A 505-ton block was lowered by crane into the yard’s building dock, marking the official start of construction. It is the first of 85 blocks 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.”
Ryndam will be the third Pinnacle-class ship to join Holland America Line’s fleet, following Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam into service. She is also the fourth ship in the company’s history to carry her name.
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