Oprah Winfrey has been announced as godmother of Holland America Line’s newest ship, Nieuw Statendam.
She will christen the vessel in a private ceremony to take place at a later date.
The cruise line and O, The Oprah Magazine have also unveiled a three-day Girls’ Getaway cruise on the ship.
Winfrey will embark on the cruise on January 30, 2019, joined by O, The Oprah Magazine editor-at-Large Gayle King and other members of the magazine’s editorial staff, who will host presentations and events on board the ship, currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.
Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said:
“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.
“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 Girls’ Getaway cruise sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spends a day at Half Moon Cay, the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas. The Girls’ Getaway cruise celebrates the power of friendship and will feature exclusive onboard experiences that honor and pay tribute to the special bond between women.
Guests will have the opportunity to attend one of three live “Conversations with Oprah.”