FAQ: Girls’ Getaway Cruise

Oprah is scheduled to be on board the Nieuw Statendam for the Girls’ Getaway cruise January 30 through February 2, 2019. 

Booked guests will have an opportunity to attend one of Oprah’s three appearances on board. This will be a ticketed event, and all booked guests will be notified by email by November 16, 2018, with instructions on how to reserve their complimentary ticket.

O, The Oprah Magazine Editor at Large Gayle King, Editor in Chief Lucy Kaylin, O’s Emmy Award-winning Creative Director Adam Glassman, O Books Editor Leigh Haber and O Beauty Director Brian Underwood are scheduled to be on board and participate in the programming.

January 30, 2019:  Embark Fort Lauderdale, Florida

January 31, 2019:  Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

February 1, 2019:  At sea

February 2, 2019:  Disembark Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

No. The premier voyage of Nieuw Statendam will be a transatlantic crossing Dec. 5, 2018, from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale.  While the Dec. 5 sailing does not include the dedication, several special events are planned on board to celebrate the new ship’s first voyage.

The dedication ceremony will be a private event with Nieuw Statendam, and will be held sometime in early 2019. We will broadcast it live online and will share more information in the future when we know more about the date and timing. 

We greatly value our Mariners and regret any disappointment that our plans may cause. We will broadcast it live online and will share more information in the future when we know more about the date and timing.

The premier voyage of Nieuw Statendam is on Dec. 5 from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. Although this sailing does not include the official dedication ceremony, it is the first voyage of Nieuw Statendam and several special events and extra touches will make this a memorable celebration of the new ship. 

The date has not been announced, only that it will be sometime in early 2019.

This is a special theme cruise with on board programming created especially for this voyage in partnership with O Magazine. So while of course both women and men are welcome on board, guests joining us should be aware that much of our standard programming will be altered for these three days. Our normal excursions will be offered on the call at Half Moon Cay.

Unfortunately there are no other sessions planned for autographs or photos with Oprah due to the short duration of the cruise. Guests will have the opportunity to attend a “Conversation with Oprah” event in the theater for no additional cost.

Due to high demand for this cruise, group booking requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, unlike groups on other cruises, the ship will not be able to accommodate group events. 

Cancellation of a visit to Half Moon Cay due to weather is rare; however, should inclement weather prevent safe tender operations to the island, there will be additional special activities and entertainment offered on board. 

If for any reason you prefer to rebook your voyage for another date, please contact your travel professional, or contact Holland America Line reservations at 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425). 

Oprah is scheduled to appear in the World Stage three times over the course of the 3-day cruise.  The presentation and format will be the same for each appearance. Guests are invited to attend one of the presentations. Complimentary tickets are required and will be available to reserve online for all booked guests.  All booked guests will be notified by email by November 16, 2018, with instructions on how to reserve their seat. 

Due to the anticipated high demand, tickets are required to attend one of Oprah’s three special appearances. 

Oprah will share her insights on how to help you live your best life as well as stories from her life.

Complimentary tickets will be available to reserve online November 16, 2018. Booked guests will receive an email prior to this date. Seats online will be on a first come, first served basis. 

All booked guests will be notified by email by November 16, 2018, with instructions on how to reserve their complimentary ticket.

Yes, there will be special seats for guests in wheelchairs and for their companions.  Booked guests will receive an email prior to November 16, 2018, with more information. 

Due to high demand, each booked guest will be given an opportunity to attend one appearance. 

No. Your tickets will be delivered to your stateroom onboard but be sure to bring a printed copy of your confirmation email.  

No. There is not an additional charge to attend one of Oprah’s special appearances. 

Guests will be able to select their seat from a seating chart and can coordinate with other guests to select neighboring seats; however, when reserving seats you can only reserve seats for the number of guests on your booking. If you would like to be seated with those on another booking, we suggest you go online at the same time to coordinate. 

No. All seating will be reserved in advance. 

No. Oprah is not scheduled to greet guests. 

That has not been determined. If so, it will be communicated on board.  

Oprah or her staff will not be accepting any gifts or items from anyone onboard. 

There are two remaining Adventure of Your Life cruises: one on the Eurodam to Alaska on August 11, 2018 and the second to the Caribbean on the Nieuw Amsterdam on October 28, 2018. O, The Oprah Magazine-themed programming will be onboard many Holland America Line cruises in 2019.   

There are no special dining experiences with Oprah planned due to the short duration of the cruise. Guests will have the opportunity to attend a “Conversation with Oprah” event in the theater for no additional cost. 

FAQ: Godmother of Nieuw Statendam

Yes. Holland America Line is honored to have Oprah Winfrey serve as godmother of our newest ship. 

Holland America Line has had a very successful partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine since early 2017.  It is built on our shared core values of helping others expand their horizons and live their best life. This partnership has been well-received by many of our guests and the O Magazine-inspired activities have been very popular on board. We are very honored to have Oprah serve as the godmother of our newest ship.  

Oprah Winfrey will officially dedicate the Nieuw Statendam in a private ceremony in early 2019. No date has been announced.  

The event will be private and therefore is not for sale; however, the event will be broadcast live via our website. More details will be forthcoming later this year. 

No, the Girls’ Getaway cruise does not include the private dedication ceremony. 

We know there will be a very high demand for Mariners to experience the ship and also to see Oprah. As a result we have developed two shorter voyages which we have not had in the past to make this easier: Dec. 19-23  4-day Bahamas cruise roundtrip Ft Lauderdale; and the “Girls’ Getaway Cruise” with Oprah Jan 30-Feb. 2, a  3-day Bahamas cruise. These two cruises offer a greater opportunity for more Mariners to experience the new ship versus one cruise with the dedication ceremony.  

We hope to schedule special Mariner tours of Nieuw Statendam in the future. If we are able to do this, more information will be shared in the future. 

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. Today’s modern cruise ships have godmothers that participate in the naming ceremony and wish them well with a champagne bottle break against the hull.  

FAQ: Oprah Magazine Partnership

The partnership between O, The Oprah Magazine and Holland America Line is being extended for a third year and will continue through December 2019.  The partnership features include:

  1. Oprah Winfrey, Editor at Large Gayle King, Editor in Chief Lucy Kaylin, O’s Emmy Award-winning Creative Director Adam Glassman, O Books Editor Leigh Haber and Beauty Director Brian Underwood will join the Nieuw Statendam for a 3-day Girls’ Getaway Cruise (Jan 30 – Feb 2, 2019); Cruise is roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale.
  2. Oprah will serve as the Godmother of the Nieuw Statendam, a maritime tradition for new ships. She will officially dedicate the ship in a private ceremony in early 2019. It will be broadcast live on our website for everyone to enjoy. 
  3. There are two remaining Adventure of Your Life cruises: a cruise to Alaska on the Eurodam departing August 11, 2018, and to the Caribbean on the Nieuw Amsterdam on October 28, 2018.
  4. New programming will be rolled out to most of the ships in the fleet in late 2018; it will include some of the currently running programming.  Holland America Line cruises in 2019 will feature O’s Reading Room live hosted by our Cruise Director, a video series featuring Love That! style with Adam Glassman, O Beautiful! with Brian Underwood, and Refresh hosted by renowned meditation instructors from around the globe.  

Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine have partnered to pair the eye-opening wonder of travel with the soulful, inspiring content found in every issue of the magazine. It’s part of a unified vision that invites guests to live life to the fullest.  

No, the partnership is with O, The Oprah Magazine. Oprah is the founder and editorial director of the publication. As part of Holland America Line’s partnership with the magazine, Oprah will be a special guest on the Girls’ Getaway cruise to the Bahamas January 30-Feb 2, 2019, onboard Nieuw Statendam.  Oprah was also onboard for the Share the Adventure Cruise in July 2017.