HAL Invites the World to Watch Statendam Dedication

Holland America Line (HAL) is inviting fans from around the world to join in viewing the dedication ceremony of Nieuw Statendam by live streaming the event Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. EST.

Those wanting to see the ship’s godmother, Oprah Winfrey, welcome Holland America’s newest addition to the fleet can watch at

The ceremony is being held aboard Statendam from the World Stage theatre at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale where Winfrey will officially dedicate the ship in a time-honoured 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 HAL 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 Ashford. “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.