Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine today announced a three-day Girls’ Getaway cruise on Holland America Line’s newest ship, Nieuw Statendam, departing on 30 January 2019.
Oprah Winfrey will embark on the cruise, joined by O, The Oprah Magazine Editor-at-Large 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 date yet 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 4000 years and is revered for 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,” Ashford said.
“We anticipate that the energy and inspirational spirit will be unlike any other cruise experience — and life-changing for many.”
The Girls’ Getaway cruise sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spends a day at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s idyllic private island in the Bahamas. The cruise celebrates the power of friendship and will feature exclusive onboard experiences that honour and pay tribute to the special bond between women.
Guests will have the opportunity to attend one of three live “Conversations with Oprah.” Additionally, editorial staff from O, The Oprah Magazine will be on board hosting special events, including Editor-in-Chief Lucy Kaylin, Creative Director Adam Glassman, Beauty Director Brian Underwood and Book Editor Leigh Haber.
“The partnership with Holland America Line has been a dream come true,” said Jayne Jamison, Senior Vice President, Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer of O, The Oprah Magazine.
“Our teams have worked together seamlessly to create unforgettable moments inspired by content in the magazine for the January 2019 sailing which reflect our core values and goals of helping people expand their horizons and live their best life.”
Activities and Events on the Girls’ Getaway Cruise
A Conversation with Oprah: Winfrey will share highlights of her career, inspirational stories of the amazing women she has met over the years and the desire for this cruise to be the start of something meaningful for those on board. King will join Winfrey on stage for a candid and entertaining chat showing the deep bond between these two best friends.
Love That! Style Session with Adam Glassman: Glassman will host a style presentation revealing his tips, tricks and secrets, revealing the essential pieces that everyone needs in their wardrobe. Following his talk, Glassman will join guests in the onboard dedicated O Shop to offer shopping advice.
O’s Reading Room with Leigh Haber: Guests will have the opportunity to read the latest onboard book club selection (to be announced) and then join Haber for an intriguing discussion with the author. O’s Reading Room was introduced on Holland America Line ships in 2017 and, due to its overwhelming popularity, is now available on all ships in the fleet.
Just Breathe: Led by a guest instructor to be announced, participants set their intentions for the day and are encouraged to become present with themselves and those around them through meditation and movement. On the at-sea day, Just Breathe will be held around the serene Lido Pool area, and the experience moves to the beach during the call at private island Half Moon Cay.