Holland America Ryndam II
- 15,015 gross tons
- Length: 503 feet
- Built: 1951
- Passenger capacity: 39 first and 836 tourist class passengers
- Route was Rotterdam-Le Havre-Southampton-New York until 1959, when the destination was changed to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The first Holland America Line ship to sport a gray hull. Ryndam II was the first Holland America ship to sail with an Indonesian crew.
In 1964 the ship inaugurated Holland America’s first service around the world to Australia, a trip that took 10 weeks.
In 1966 Ryndam was transferred to HAL subsidiary Europe-Canada Line under the German flag. She was used on student sailings and floating university cruises.
In 1968 Ryndam was renamed Waterman. In 1968 Waterman returned to HAL and was renamed Ryndam again.
The ship was laid up in Rotterdam in 1970 and sold in 1972 to Epirotiki Lines and rebuilt for cruise service as the Atlas. Epirotiki Lines withdrew her in 1986.
She was sold to Pride Cruise Line, Nassau-Bahamas. And renamed Pride of Mississippi and run short Caribbean casino cruises from Gulfport.
In 1991 she was once again sold to Gulfdide Casinos Inc, Galveston. Renamed Pride of Galveston as floating casino. Renamed Copa Casino in 1993. In 2002, laid up at the Atlantic Marine Shipyard, Mobile, Alabama.
She was sold to India for scrap in 2003, but sank off the Dominican Republic on the way, March 16, 2003.
Our first cruise, Rijndam, Holland America Line - 1960
Photo courtesy Holland America Line
Ryndam II, Holland America Line
Painting by maritime artist Stephen Card that will be featured in the forward stairwell on Eurodam. It is a depiction of Ryndam II outbound for Wellington.
See Ryndam Features for more details on the new Ryndam.
Cruises on Holland America Ryndam
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