About the ship

Or I should say ships.  I’ve been on two Holland American vessels, the Ryndam and the Statendam.  They are virtually identical.

Statistics from the cruise log…
   5 diesel generators   2 X 12 cyl,  8640kW   and 3 X 8 cyl,  5760kW
   2 propulsion motors   2 X 12000kW
Fuel consumption
   72 tons/day
Water production
   Potable Water production        100 tons/day
   Potable Water Consumption    500/tons/day  (We never ran out, but this seems to be quite a disparity!)
Gross Tonnage  55,819 tons      Length  719 ft.     Guests   1260
Max Speed        20.9 knots         Width    111 ft.     Crew       550

We covered 4,357 nautical miles on our 14 day trip, or (for us landlubbers) 5,010 statute miles.   We averaged 16.7 kts, including the slow passage through the canal.

The Ryndam basks in the setting sun docked in Puerto Vallarta, December of 2008.

My nephew Myron poses with the Ryndam in the background in Puerto Vallarta. 

Deck 12, the Sports Deck.  There are a volleyball court and a basketball court under the nets in the background.  The white roof with the windows are the movable cover that protects the Lido pool and grill from inclement weather.  The large,white, circular ball is for satellite communications.  This is the one area on the ship where joggers can run.  The lower Promenade deck is for walking only.

Swimmers relax in the Lido pool as southern Baja California cruises by in the background.

The Ryndam and Rotterdam lie at anchor in the beautiful bay at Cabo san Lucas.

Early in the 2008 voyage, I asked if I could get a tour of the engine room and accompanying equipment.  Not surprisingly, I was turned down.  Too much noise and basically a dangerous environment for passengers to be visiting.  There was a picture and talking tour of the boat given in the theater, but two days later an invitation showed up offering our cabin a personal tour of the bridge.  What a bonus!

Here we are.  There was Susan, Sandy, Myron, myself, and two other people on this ULTRA exclusive tour.

Our pilot!  Well, maybe not the pilot.  We’ll go with calling this parrot the bridge mascot.

A paper backup chart is above the radar display showing our position off of the coast of central Baja California.  I didn’t really touch any of the controls and the "Captains chair" is actually an old chair from the barber shop that wasn’t being used.  But I was "captain" for 15 seconds.

Now on the Statendam.  This is the Navigation pool, deck 10, aft.  The United States is way, way off the stern.

The golf chipping contest at the Lido pool.  The object was to hit the dolphins at the far side of the pool with a whiffle golf ball.  Not easy at all with the rocking ship, squirrelly balls, and distractions from the other contestants.

An obviously delighted Praxy poses with a stowaway on the cruise, a "towel" lobster.  Other textile denizens included a sting ray, an elephant, a dog, a seal, an alligator, a teddy bear, and an exquisite spider monkey. 

The Library.  The book selection was excellent and there were occasionally recent newspapers.  There was also (too expensive) internet service available and (free) computer classes. 

The statue in the central lobby.  It is three stories high!

Tourists (including myself) crowd every vantage point on decks 7 and 9 forward for the passage through the Panama Canal.  The heat was driving us indoors at this point, so there are some openings at the rail.  The windows on the forward part of the bridge are in the upper right of the first picture.

Passengers relax in the Crow’s Nest lounge as a freighter passes by during the Panama Canal crossing. 

Passengers patiently await shore tours in the Van Gogh theater.  The tiled representation of Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Nights on the walls of the theater is quite detailed and impressive.  Someone spent a lot of time on this job.

Praxy poses by a gingerbread house.  My dinner on the last night; roast duck with sweet and sour cabbage, a fancy deep fried potato thing, and shredded carrots and pea pods.

The very last onboard picture of the trip, deck six where passengers can walk clear around the ship.  8 laps (I think) equals 1 mile.  I’m passing time watching the stevedores unload and load our ship for the next cruise to the Caribbean. We had a 3:00pm flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, so there was no rush to get to the airport.  We were among the last passengers to get off of the ship.


About Ken

I am a federal employee that loves to travel. I don't get any time off during the busy salmon tagging season, March through November. So, I save my leave and explore the warmer parts of the world during the winter.
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