Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Luxurious Ryndam Blends Class, Hominess

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Luxurious Ryndam Blends Class, Hominess

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YOU KNOW Holland America - the ship line that gives cruising all those "dams"?

Let's see, there's Rotterdam, Statendam, Noordam, Maasdam, Notredam, Hooverdam. . . .

Kidding about those last two. Holland America's newest liner is very real - and very regal.

Welkom aan boord Ryndam.

Besides keeping the "dam" tradition going, Ryndam epitomizes the luxury afloat for which Holland America has been famed.

During shakedown cruises from Tampa last October, she gleamed stylish and shipshape.

Across her 10 passenger decks, designers have imbued Ryndam with an easy elegance.

Ryndam feels new and fresh as morning in the Dutch countryside. Yet there's an Old World, windmills-and-wooden-shoes warmth.

Thank, among other things, $2 million worth of art and antiques.

In Ryndam, credit Holland America for thinking of everything, from sizzling showrooms to stylish staterooms done in blue or peach (handpicked because they look good with passenger skin tones, explains designer Kym Anton).

Start with art. On-board treasures range from French sculptor Gilbert Lebigre's grand atrium fountain to an antique Flemish chest, Delft earthenware and an 18th-century Italian screen.

Most of the artwork is European, but Americans did the paintings, silk screens and other artwork in the 29 suites and 604 staterooms.

Passengers (up to 1,266) enjoy all the modern cabin comforts, including remote-control TV, hair dryers, individually controlled air-conditioning, phones with computerized wake-up service, sofas and beds that can be arranged as two singles or one queen. Fancier cabins throw in VCRs, whirlpool baths, minibars and private verandas.

Five bronze dolphins leap from the waters of the Lido deck pool, ringed by a smallish lounging area and covered, when needed, by a sliding glass dome.

In the adjacent Lido Restaurant, a beautiful carved Neptune rules over the bountiful breakfast and luncheon buffets and night extravaganzas, such as the Dutch chocolate buffet we had one midnight.

Both the Vermeer Show Lounge and the Rotterdam Dining Room are double-deck dazzlers.

Murals, sculpture and grand curved staircases anchor the dining room, aft on the ship. …

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