HAL To Live-Stream Nieuw Statendam Dedication, Will Feature Godmother Oprah Winfrey
Holland America Line is inviting people to watch
the dedication ceremony of Nieuw Statendam by live streaming
the event 2FEB, 2019 at 2pm EST. Those wanting to see the ship’s godmother,
Oprah Winfrey, welcome Holland America Line’s newest addition to the fleet can
watch at HollandAmerica.com/dedication or
on the brand’s Facebook page.
The ceremony is being held aboard Nieuw
Statendam from the World Stage theatre at Port Everglades in Fort
Lauderdale, where Winfrey will officially dedicate the ship in a time-honoured
maritime tradition believed to bring good luck and protection to a new vessel
and all who sail on board. Other speakers include Carnival Corporation CEO
Arnold Donald and Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford.
“Interest in the dedication ceremony for Nieuw
Statendam from fans and friends around the world has been
unprecedented, and through live streaming everyone is invited to be a part of
this special event,” said Ashford. “We are deeply honoured that Oprah Winfrey
will serve as godmother of Nieuw Statendam, and now anyone who
wants to watch her dedicate our new ship can be there with us and celebrate
this once-in-a-lifetime moment.”
Following an overnight in Fort Lauderdale after
the dedication, Nieuw Statendam will depart Feb. 3 on a
seven-day Caribbean cruise.
To celebrate the debut of Nieuw
Statendam, Holland America Line recently launched a Come Sail O-Way
sweepstakes in partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine. One lucky
winner and a guest will win a seven-day cruise in a verandah stateroom. Winners
can choose from among the many Holland America Line ships in those regions,
including Nieuw Statendam.
To enter, participants must visit SailOWaySweeps.com and
fill out an entry form. Once that form is complete, the entry is automatically
submitted. The sweepstakes runs through 17FEB, 2019, and is open to legal
residents of Canada (excluding Québec) who are 21 years of age or older as of
the date of entry.