Ryndam is a cruise ship owned and operated by Holland America Line that is named for a dam on the Rhine River. She offers enhanced amenities and services and is designed to carry fewer passengers than other ships in her class. Themed around Dutch exploration, the décor features art and artifacts from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Ryndam is the third Statendam-class ship ordered by Holland America Line after the company's acquisition by Carnival. The preceding two ships in this class are Statendam and Maasdam, both of which are still active.

Ryndam's styling builds upon that of the ships that were active for Holland America at the time of the purchase by Carnival, specifically the layouts of the MS Noordam and MS Nieuw Amsterdam. Public rooms such as the Explorers Lounge, Crow's Nest and Lido Restaurant, as well as their placement on the ship, all are transfers from these previous builds.

Built at Fincantieri, Ryndam features art specifically commissioned for the ship, including the sculpture featured in the central atrium that spans three decks—Lower Promenade, Promenade and Upper Promenade. Included amongst the art collection are pieces gleaned from previous Holland America ships from their more than 130 year history. Since Holland America recycles their ship names (new versions of Noordam andNieuw Amsterdam are currently sailing), some references to previous ships that bore the Ryndam name can also be found.

The ship features 10 passenger-accessible decks, from the Sky Deck to A Deck. B Deck and below are reserved for crew activities, service facilities and crew accommodations. B Deck is only accessible to passengers during tendering operations. In order to facilitate moving of service equipment and supplies, Ryndam's B Deck features a classic "Broadway" construction—a wide central passage that runs the full length of the ship.

During Ryndam's inaugural season in Alaska, a fire broke out in one of the shop storage lockers on the ship's B Deck just off the "Broadway" corridor during docking operations in Juneau, causing minor damage. The fire was quickly contained and cruise operations were unaffected.

In February 2007 Ryndam returned to San Diego from a ten-day tour with 110 sickened from a norovirus outbreak. A CDC report filed later that year listed 40 violations.

On 27 November 2010, an intoxicated passenger released Ryndam's stern anchor while the ship was in international waters en route to Florida. No damage to the ship was reported.