by By Allen J. Sheinman | December 01, 2008

ryndamWhether gliding by majestic glaciers along the Inland Passage or passing schools of humpback whales in the broad Gulf of Alaska, Holland America's comfortably midsize (1,258-passenger) Ryndam is an ideal way to explore the 49th state.

Along with the usual shipboard amenities, the Ryndam offers a variety of spaces for meetings ranging from small seminars to large presentations (the ship stocks a full complement of A/V equipment).

Upcoming itineraries will include Mexico and the Panama Canal, and the vessel soon will update its cabin décor and undergo additions such as a new resort pool concept and innovative lanai staterooms opening directly onto the ship's walk-around promenade.