Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine have announced a
three-day Girls’ Getaway cruise on the line’s newest ship, Nieuw Statendam, departing 30JAN, 2019.
Oprah Winfrey will embark on the cruise,
joined by O, The Oprah Magazine editor
Gayle King and other members of the magazine’s editorial staff, who will host
special presentations and events on board the ship, which is currently under
construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Winfrey will serve as
godmother of Nieuw Statendam,
with an official dedication by Winfrey to take place in a private ceremony at a
later date to be announced.
“We are so excited to have Oprah set sail with us again for the Girls’ Getaway
cruise in partnership with O, The
Oprah Magazine, and we’re deeply honoured that Oprah will
serve as godmother of Nieuw
Statendam,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America
Line. “The time-honoured maritime tradition of choosing a godmother for a new
vessel dates back more than 4,000 years and is revered as important in bringing
good luck and protection to the ship and all who sail on board, so it’s
perfectly fitting that the Girls’ Getaway cruise will take place on Nieuw Statendam. We anticipate the
energy and inspirational spirit will be unlike any other cruise experience
there is — and life-changing for many.” The cruise
will sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale and spend a day at Half Moon Cay,
Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas.
While onboard, guests will
have the opportunity to attend one of three live “Conversations with Oprah,” as
well as read the latest onboard book club selection (to be announced) and
participate in a discussion with the author.