SEATTLE, Jan. 30, 2019 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line is inviting fans from around the world to join in viewing the dedication ceremony of Nieuw Statendam by live streaming the event Feb. 2, 2019, at 2 p.m. EST (9 a.m. UTC). Those wanting to see the ship's godmother, Oprah Winfrey, welcome Holland America Line's newest addition to the fleet can watch at HollandAmerica.com/dedication or on the brand's Facebook page.
The ceremony is being held aboard Nieuw Statendam from the World Stage theater at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where Winfrey — philanthropist, film star, TV icon, founder and editorial director of O, The Oprah Magazine — will officially dedicate the ship in a time-honored maritime tradition believed to bring good luck and protection to a new vessel and all who sail on board. Other speakers include Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald and Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford.
"Interest in the dedication ceremony for Nieuw Statendam from fans and friends around the world has been unprecedented, and through live streaming everyone is invited to be a part of this special event," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "We are deeply honored that Oprah Winfrey will serve as godmother of Nieuw Statendam, and now anyone who wants to watch her dedicate our new ship can be there with us and celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime moment."
Following an overnight in Fort Lauderdale after the dedication, Nieuw Statendam will depart Feb. 3 on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.
Win a Cruise for Two with the Come Sail O-Way Sweepstakes
To celebrate the debut of Nieuw Statendam, Holland America Line recently launched a Come Sail O-Way sweepstakes in partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine. One lucky winner and a guest will bask in the sun of the Caribbean or Mexico on a seven-day cruise in a verandah stateroom. Winners can choose from among the many Holland America Line ships in those regions, including Nieuw Statendam.
To enter the Come Sail O-Way sweepstakes, participants must visit SailOWaySweeps.com and fill out an entry form. Once that form is complete, the entry is automatically submitted. The sweepstakes runs through Feb. 17, 2019, and is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Québec) who are 21 years of age or older as of the date of entry.
About Nieuw Statendam
Nieuw Statendam was delivered by Fincantieri's shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Nov. 30, 2018, and currently is sailing throughout the Caribbean. Come summer and fall, the ship will explore Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
The new 2,666-guest ship has an ambiance that balances fresh, contemporary styling in perfect harmony with the line's renowned classic elegance. At the helm of the design and interiors are internationally acclaimed hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and Bjørn Storbraaten, one of the world's leading architects working in the cruise industry.
Nieuw Statendam offers an abundance of unforgettable dining options. Award-winning cuisine is served in the stunning Dining Room; and an array of specialty restaurants feature exclusive experiences such as steak and seafood at Pinnacle Grill, authentic Italian cuisine in Canaletto, the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia at Tamarind and Nami Sushi, and a contemporary twist on French seafood classics in Rudi's Sel de Mer.
The innovative Music Walk on Nieuw Statendam showcases a variety of live musical experiences and genres unlike any other at sea, including Rolling Stone Rock Room, Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. Guests can explore at America's Test Kitchen cooking shows, learn at the Microsoft Studio, design at Wonder Photo Shop and create custom wines at BLEND by Chateau Ste. Michelle, while BBC Earth Experiences thrill at the spectacular two-story World Stage.
About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 128-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations, EXC In-Depth Voyages, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia & New Zealand and Asia voyages; two annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada & New England, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Nieuw Statendam in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship will be delivered in 2021.
The company's brand evolution in recent years secured its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge through exclusive partnerships with O, The Oprah Magazine and America's Test Kitchen and at unique BBC Earth live music and on-screen experiences. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King's Blues Club, Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard Onboard. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for guests.
SOURCE Holland America Line