Oprah Winfrey has been named godmother of Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship Nieuw Statendam.
The 2,650-passenger Nieuw Statendam is currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy and will launch in December 2018.
The legendary American talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, will sail on the vessel on a three-day Girls’ Getaway cruise on January 30 2019 with other members of The Oprah Magazine team.
Sailing a roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Girls’ Getaway Cruise will also spend a day at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas.
Winfrey will serve as godmother of Nieuw Statendam, with an official dedication by Winfrey to take place in a private ceremony at a later date to be announced.
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.
“We anticipate the energy and inspirational spirit will be unlike any other cruise experience there is — and life-changing for many.”