Official dedication of Nieuw Statendam by Oprah Winfrey

February 2019, second half
To my surprise, I received an email from Mike Isinger from Richmond, Canada, with a picture of a very special plate. It was presented to Oprah Winfrey, the godmother of the Nieuw Statendam.
The official dedication of the Nieuw Statendam took place on February 2, 2019, Port Everglades at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After a speech by Orlando Ashford, president of the Holland America Line and a response from Oprah Winfrey, Oprah christened the ship with the traditional words “I name this ship New Statendam. May God bless her and all who sail on her. ”
This happened by smashing the traditional bottle of champagne against the bow of the ship. With that she became the godmother of the ship. Following this ‘Official Dedication’ there was a gala dinner on board the ship. During that evening, guests were invited to contribute to another maritime tradition, pouring champagne over the ship’s bell. Also a sort of blessing of the ship.
By doing so, the same ‘ship bell ceremony’ was also commemorated on the Statendam IV, held on January 23, 1957. At that time  Princess Beatrix, aged 18, sprinkled champagne over the bell during the dedication ceremony during the inaugural trip across the North Sea.

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