Holland America’s new Nieuw Statendam ship will be christened by none other than Oprah Winfrey. The entertainment mogul has agreed to be godmother to the cruise liner and will host a three-day Girls’ Getaway cruise that sets sail on January 30 next year.
The trip, sponsored by O, the Oprah Magazine, will also feature editor-at-large, and Winfrey BFF Gayle King, as well as members of the magazine’s editorial staff, who will host a series of special events aboard the ship. The Nieuw Statendam is currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.
“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 honored that Oprah will serve as godmother of Nieuw Statendam,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.
“The time-honored 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,” he added.
The Girls’ Getaway cruise will embark in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and stop for a day at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas.
Jayne Jamison, senior vice president of O, The Oprah Magazine, said, “The partnership with Holland America Line has been a dream come true. Our teams have worked seamlessly together to create unforgettable moments inspired by content in the magazine for the January 2019 sailing that reflect our core values and goals of helping people expand their horizons and live their best life.”
Nieuw Statendam is a 2,650-passenger ship that includes a French brasserie, Sel de Mer, the Pinnacle Grill steakhouse, the Culinary Arts Center restaurant, a wine-making workshop, a Lido Pool with a movie screen, and the Music Walk, which features Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King's Blues Club at the Queen's Lounge.
With 1,339 cabins, including 103 ocean-view and 280 interior rooms, as well as 851 balcony cabins, 12 single ocean-view rooms, and 32 family ocean-view staterooms, the Nieuw Statendam will also house the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, which offers a variety of relaxation activities and treatments. The ship has been created by hospitality designer Adam Tihany and architect Bjorn Storbraaten and will operate three-, four-, seven- and 10-day cruises to the Caribbean through April 2019. Fares will start at $799 per person.