Holland America Line has announced that Oprah Winfrey will be the Godmother for the cruise line’s forthcoming new cruise ship, Nieuw Statendam.
The announcement comes in conjunctions with plans for a three-day ‘Girls’ Getaway’ cruise on board the new ship in January 2019, hosted by Oprah and Gayle King the editor of O, The Oprah Magazine.
Holland America Line is introducing a Chocolate Surprise parade on board its fleet of 15 cruise ships, on the last gala night of every cruise.
No longer will guests have to make their way to the buffet and wait in line for a late night tasty treat. The after-dinner Chocolate Surprise parade will offer guests bite-size treats in the main public areas on board the ships.
The keeling laying ceremony for Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship, Nieuw Statendam took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Venice on 20 March 2017.
Nieuw Statendam will be the second Pinnacle-class cruise ship for Holland America Line and will be a sister ship to Koningsdam.
Jane McDonald is to present a brand new TV series on Channel 5, which is all about different types of cruise holidays. The new show ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ is to launch on 10 February 2017.
The four-part series will feature a range of different cruise ships of all different types and sizes. In the first episode Jane McDonald spends seven-nights cruising the Caribbean on board MSC Divina.
Carnival Corporation has announced that is has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, for the construction of two new cruise ships.
Holland America Line is to receive a third 99,500 gross tonne Pinnacle-class ship which is expected to launch in 2021. The new ship will join Koningsdam which launched in 2016 and Nieuw Statendam which is due to launch in November 2018. The new 2,660-passenger cruise ship will be built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard.
Holland America Line’s newest ship Koningsdam, which was launched earlier this year, became the largest cruise ship ever to visit Portland in Dorset during a transit call on 20 September 2016.
The 99,836 gross tonne cruise ship is expected to visit Portland again, twice in 2017.