Oprah Winfrey´s mega-yacht vacation will blow your mind!
The tv star just landed in ibiza to start her dreamy mediterranean holidays on board a super-exclusive five-storey yacht that even has a basketball court.
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The Spanish island of Ibiza, in the Mediterranean sea, is a celebrity hotspot during the summer season. Clear waters and white sand beaches attract the biggest showbiz stars to the area, and it´s common to see them enjoying the sun or a sunset walk before a candle-lit dinner. The latest megastar arriving at the exclusive location is Oprah Winfrey , who could be seen smiling and very relaxed in casual attire. She will not be staying in a luxury hotel though – her lodgings are off the scale when it comes to bling. Oprah is holed up at the jaw-dropping biggest yacht in the world . With five floors, 82 rooms and eight thousand square meters of living space, The Rising Sun, property of millionaire David Geffen is the summer vacay home that dreams are made of.
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It´s not the first time chat show queen has accepted an invitation aboard. Oprah and David are close friends and she already stayed at the yacht back in January to celebrate his 65th birthday, that time in St. Barths.
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She’s not the only A-Lister who has enjoyed the amazing facilities on board. Julia Roberts, Karlie Kloss, Bruce Springsteen, Leonardo DiCaprio, and most recently Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry , who have been holidaying in neighboring island Majorca, have also visited The Rising Sun. And we totally understand why!
VIP guests can take a dip in the indoor swimming pool, train in the exclusive gym, or watch a movie in the private cinema. They can even play basketball on a court which doubles as a helipad . The Rising Sun has a crew of 43 staff members who will cater to their guests’ every need.
David Geffen, founder of record labels such as Asylum and Geffen Records, as well as Dreamworks Studios along with Steven Spielberg, bought the vessel in 2010. Since then, some of the most famous celebrities and influential people in the world, such as former President Barack Obama , have stepped on the amazing ship’s teak deck .
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By Fran Golden
Oprah Winfrey is known for a great many things, from her SuperSoul Sunday TV show and podcast to her hand-selected reads for her book club. Now, the TV icon, film actress, philanthropist, and founder and editorial director of O, The Oprah Magazine is about to take on another role: as a cruise ship godmother.
Since last summer, Winfrey has brought her own touch to the high seas, creating a series of personal growth-oriented cruises in partnership with Holland America Line , known for its strong leisure itineraries around Alaska and the Caribbean. Right now, in fact, Winfrey and BFF Gayle King—and a whole bunch of fans—are currently on a three-day Girls’ Getaway cruise in the Bahamas on the 2,666-passenger Nieuw Statendam , the newest ship from Holland America.
When Oprah's Girls' Getaway cruise was announced, it sold out in minutes: guests onboard are spending a day on the beach at Half Moon Cay, in the Bahamas, as well as enjoying live conversations with Winfrey on board, before returning to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday (February 2)—just in time for the media mogul (and Gayle, of course) to join the dedication ceremony and officially christen the ship. (Which you can watch live at 2 p.m. EST from Holland America's website , or on the cruise line's Facebook page .) More importantly, though: you, too, can sail the Oprah way.
Winfrey took her first cruise with Holland America when she announced the partnership in 2017, on a sailing to Alaska; since then, she's helped create a series of aptly named Adventure of Your Life Cruises for the line. Also as part of the partnership, Winfrey tweaked programming across the company's 16 ships, so even if you're not on one of her specialty sailings, you can enjoy the Oprah experience with Holland America. On sea days, for example, there's morning meditation and movement sessions by the pool, during which you can think about your daily intentions. If you’re hanging out in your stateroom, you can watch videos on style and beauty by O’s Creative Director Adam Glassman and Beauty Director Brian Underwood. Looking for something to read? Just borrow a copy of an Oprah’s Book Club Selection at the Guest Services desk, then join a group discussion in O’s Reading Room. (The current book is An American Marriage , a novel by award-winning author Tayari Jones.) Even at the onboard shop you might pick up one of Oprah’s Favorite Things—including clothes by Chico’s and Talbots.
From where we sit, it's fair to say that if Oprah likes cruising, you will, too.
After its christening, Nieuw Statendam will spend the winter in the Caribbean, sailing from Fort Lauderdale, and then heading to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean for the summer and fall. For more information about Holland America and its itineraries, head here .
Oprah Winfrey Just Christened a Cruise Ship
- Doug Parker
- February 2, 2019
- Cruise News
Oprah Winfrey can now add cruise ship godmother to her long list of titles. On Saturday afternoon in Port Everglades, Florida, the queen of all media christened Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam with a thousand people in attendance and nearly a million others watching online.
The christening and naming for the almost 100,000-ton cruise ship took place at a pier-side ceremony. Speaking to the crowd, Winfrey said, “everyone takes something away from cruising.”
Oprah and O, The Oprah Magazine started a partnership with Holland America Line back in 2017 when she took her first cruise on Holland America in Alaska.
On January 30, Winfrey and her favorite gal pal, magazine Editor-at-Large Gayle King, embarked on a sold-out Girls Getaway cruise where guests got to take part in a special Conversations with Oprah event.
During the voyage, which included a stop at Half Moon Cay, three different ticketed events were scheduled in the ship’s World Stage theater. During the stop at the private island paradise, many of the cruisers — the vast majority of whom were, not surprisingly, women — took part in a morning yoga session on the beach.
Nieuw Statendam via Holland America Line
New godmother Oprah joins such past notable Holland America title holders as Queens Maxima and Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, tennis superstar Chris Evert and actress Marlee Matlin.
Other recent godmothers have included Carnival Horizon’s Queen Latifah, Norwegian Epic’s Reba McEntire and Sophia Loren, who is actually the godmother to numerous MSC ships!
Nieuw Statendam is sailing her inaugural season from Port Everglades until the spring, after which she will be spending the Summer 2019 season sailing Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
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We All Get a Cruise! Oprah Winfrey and BFF Gayle King Announce Plans for a 'Girls' Getaway'
"Bring your Gayle!"
Now this is how you do a girls’ trip!
Oprah Winfrey and her longtime BFF Gayle King just announced plans for the ultimate adventure — a three-day “Girls’ Getaway” cruise aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam ship.
“Remember how we all went sailing to Alaska last year? Well, next January, that’s 2019, we’re setting sail again,” Winfrey says in a video of the pair sharing the news posted on her social media.
King adds, “We’re planning a girls getaway and we want you all to come along with us.”
According to Winfrey, you can, “bring your best friend with you, whoever that is — your mom, your aunt…your bestie from elementary school.” To put it simply, “Bring your Gayle!”
The journey, which has a theme of “the power of friendship” and is meant to “honor and pay tribute to the special bond between women,” runs round trip from Fort Lauderdale, and makes a stop in the Bahamas’ Half Moon Cay.
Activities range from three live “Conversations with Oprah,” to meditations and style sessions. It sets sail on January 30, 2019, making it the perfect present for guest of honor (and “godmother” of the vessel) Winfrey, whose 65th birthday is one day before.
The remarkable ship can hold 2,650 guests and comes in at 975 feet.
Winfrey isn’t the first celeb to hit the high seas with her fans — Property Brothers stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are also embarking on a trip from Miami to the Bahamas in December . Adam Rippon, the Backstreet Boys and even David Hasselhoff have gotten in on the trend, too.
But if you’re hoping to experience some of Oprah’s favorite things upfront — Holland America sells many of her coveted items in their stores — this is the vacation for you. And you want to act fast: The Vista Suite, Signature Suite, Neptune Suite, and Inside rooms are already sold out.
“Start making plans and we hope to see you,” King says.
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