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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.