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The 55,451-gross-ton ms Ryndam entered service on October 20, 1994. The ship, third in the company's 121-year history to bear the name, is a masterpiece of the shipbuilders' art, combining the best of Old World tradition with state-of-the-art modern technology.

The 720-foot-long Ryndam, built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, carries 1,266 guestss and a crew of 602.

The Ryndam features a $2 million collection of art and artifacts, continuing a tradition of on-board artwork that has become a hallmark of the company's fleet. Themed to Dutch worldwide exploration, treasures from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries reflect a time of adventure and discovery. Original works of art created especially for the ship also are featured in public rooms and staterooms.

The Ryndam has 10 passenger decks, with duty-free shops and most public rooms conveniently located on Promenade and Upper Promenade decks. The public rooms are large and feature high-quality furnishings and understated elegance.

A three-deck grand atrium, featuring a monumental fountain created by sculptor Gilbert Lebigre in Pietrasanta, Italy, extends from Lower Promenade Deck to Upper Promenade. An escalator provides convenient access upward to staterooms on Lower Promenade Deck for guests embarking on Main Deck.

Located on Promenade and Upper Promenade Decks, the Rotterdam Dining Room seats 657 on two levels connected by a pair of grand curved staircases. A music ledge on Upper Promenade, overlooking the main floor, provides a venue for a string quartet to serenade during the dinner hour. Windows on three sides provide sweeping views of the sea. Four large murals by Dutch artist Gerti Bierenbroodspot depict elaborately costumed 17th Century Dutch noblemen against a backdrop of period sailing ships. Adjacent to the upper dining room, two private dining areas -- the King's Room and the Queen's Room -- each seat 44.

At the opposite end of the ship, the two-deck, 600-seat Vermeer Show Lounge features Broadway-style entertainment. The show room, named for the 17th Century Dutch master painter Jan Vermeer, has a tulip motif throughout, represented in light fixtures, wall panels, lamps and carpeting. The show lounge is further accented by computerized fiber optic lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system.

The 249-seat Wajang Theater, located on Promenade Deck, is used for lectures, meetings and religious services, as well as current films. Two other rooms -- the Half Moon and Hudson Room seating a total of 150 -- adjoin the theater and also may be used for meetings, private parties and other scheduled activities. Complete audiovisual facilities and other meeting aids are available. Complementing this group of rooms is the 37-seat Java Cafe, offering espresso and cappucino for informal coffee breaks.

On Upper Promenade Deck, the adjoining Card Room, Puzzle Corner and Delft Library accommodate quieter activities.

The 403-seat Lido Restaurant, which features an extensive buffet for casual dining at breakfast and lunch, is adjacent to the Lido swimming pool, with its bronze sculpture of five leaping dolphins by British artist Susanna Holt and fanciful ceramic couches by Dutch artist Jan Snoeck, situated beneath a retractable glass dome.

Also on Lido Deck is the fully-equipped, ocean-view Ocean Spa fitness center, which includes the beauty salon/barber shop; massage, sauna and steam rooms; and juice bar.

A second swimming pool is located one deck below Lido Deck on Navigation Deck aft. Above the Lido Deck on Sports Deck, are located two deck tennis courts.

The Ryndam features five lounges: the Vermeer two-deck showroom, the Ocean Bar, Piano Bar, and the Explorers Lounge on Promenade Deck, and the Crow's Nest, a combined observation lounge and nightclub on Sports Deck overlooking the bow.

The Casino, offering blackjack, Caribbean poker, roulette, dice table and 97 slot machines, also features an adjacent bar.

A wide teak deck encircles Lower Promenade Deck, affording space for the ship's comfortable wooden deck chairs, as well as ample room for strolling or walking.

The Ryndam features a penthouse suite and 28 suites. Each of the 149 suites and deluxe staterooms has a private verandah, a VCR, whirlpool bath and minibar. All staterooms are equipped with sofas, hairdryers, individually controlled air conditioning, telephone with computerized wakeup service, multi-channel music system and closed circuit television. In each room the beds are convertible from one queen size to two singles. 52 staterooms have connecting doors. Six staterooms are equipped to accommodate physically challenged guests.

ms Ryndam 1998 Cruise Schedule

Name /

origins - destinations in bold

Seafarer (S. Caribbean)


Ft. Lauderdale - Nassau; St. Thomas; St. Maarten; St. Lucia; Barbados; Half Moon Cay - Ft. Lauderdale 1/3; 1/13; 1/23; 2/2; 2/12
Solar Eclipse (Southern Caribbean)


Ft. Lauderdale- St. Maarten; Barbados; Guadeloupe; St. John/St. Thomas; Half Moon Cay - Ft. Lauderdale 2/21
Seafarer (Southern Caribbean)


Ft. Lauderdale - Nassau; St. Thomas; St. Maarten; St. Lucia; Barbados; Half Moon Cay - Ft. Lauderdale 3/4; 3/14; 3/24; 4/3
Panama Canal


Ft. Lauderdale - Half Moon Cay (B); Aruba; Panama Canal; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Huatulco, Mexico; Acapulco (11); Cabo San Lucas; Los Angeles (15) - Vancouver (18) 4/13
Alaska (Glacier Discovery)


Vancouver - Ketchikan; Juneau; Sitka; Hubbard Glacier; Valdez - Seward 5/10; 5/24; 6/7; 6/21; 7/5; 7/19; 8/2; 8/16; 8/30; 9/13
Alaska (Glacier Discovery) Seward - Glacier Bay; Sitka; Juneau; Ketchikan - Vancouver 5/17; 5/31; 6/14; 7/26; 8/9; 9/6; 9/20
Alaska (Glacier Discovery) Seward - Valdez, Hubbard Glacier; Sitka; Juneau; Ketchikan - Vancouver 6/28; 7/12; 8/23
Pacific Coast & Panama Canal


Vancouver- San Francisco; Cabo San Lucas; Acapulco; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Panama Canal; Cartagena, Colombia; Half Moon Cay - Ft. Lauderdale 9/27
Panama Canal


San Francisco- Cabo San Lucas; Acapulco; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Panama Canal; Cartagena, Colombia; Half Moon Cay - Ft. Lauderdale 9/29
Panama Canal


Acapulco - Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Panama Canal; Cartagena, Colombia; Half Moon Cay - Ft. Lauderdale 10/4
Seafarer (S. Caribbean) Ft. Lauderdale- Nassau; St. Thomas; St. Maarten; St. Lucia; Barbados; Half Moon Cay - Ft. Lauderdale 10/14; 11/3; 11/23; 12/13
Wayfarer (Southern Caribbean)


Ft. Lauderdale- St. Kitts; Martinique; Trinidad; Dominica; St. John/St. Thomas; Half Moon Cay - Ft. Lauderdale 10/24; 11/13; 12/3
Caribbean Holiday Ft. Lauderdale - Ft. Lauderdale 12/23
Caribbean New Year's Ft. Lauderdale - Ft. Lauderdale 12/30


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