O's Reading Room on all ships by
Seattle, Wash., Feb. 22, 2018 —
Due to its overwhelming popularity, Holland America Line is bringing O's Reading Room to
all 14 ships in the fleet around the world. Introduced as part of special
onboard programming developed in partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine. By May 2018, guests
on all ships regardless of cruising region will have the opportunity to read
the latest book club selection and participate in discussions on board.
The first novel to go fleetwide - "An American Marriage" by award-winning
author Tayari Jones - was recently announced as the latest selection in Oprah's
Book Club. Guests on board Holland America Line ships will share the same
experience with millions of readers.
"Our guests are fanatical readers, and O's
Reading Room quickly became one of the most popular activities on ships with O, The Oprah Magazine programming,"
said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "We're excited that we
can now offer this experience to all of our guests. Oprah's personal passion
for reading is evident by the books she chooses, and we're privileged to
feature the same selection as Oprah's Book Club."
Jones is the author of several other novels, including "Leaving Atlanta," "The
Untelling" and "Silver Sparrow." Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times and Callaloo. A member of
the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she is a recipient of the Hurston/Wright
Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and
Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship.
Jones is scheduled to join Holland America Line's March 3, 2018, O, The Oprah Magazine's
Adventure of Your Life Cruise" to the Caribbean aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. She
embarks with a collection of the magazine's editors and visionaries who will
share stories, inspire guests and impart their knowledge through special
programming. O, The
Oprah Magazine's books editor Leigh Haber will be on board to lead
the discussion of "An American Marriage" with Jones during O's Reading Room.
On non-theme cruises, guests who are interested in participating in O's Reading Room can
bring "An American Marriage" on board. Book club discussions are led by a
member of the ship's staff, and selections change periodically throughout the
year. The latest O's
Reading Room selection is listed on Holland America Line's website on the O, The Oprah Magazine's
Year of Living Well page.
Holland America Line
The Oprah Magazine
Holland America Line and O,
The Oprah Magazine's exclusive partnership unites the soul-stirring
power of travel with O's
deep commitment to connection and personal growth. Two remaining Adventure of
Your Life Cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine also will feature members
of the magazine's editorial team, along with visionaries to be announced. The
remaining cruises depart Aug. 11, 2018, on a seven-day Alaska itinerary and
Oct. 28, 2018, on a seven-day Caribbean sailing.
To further enhance the programming, more than 300 Holland America Line cruises
sailing in North America this year offer a variety of engaging activities
developed with the magazine's editors including meditation, exercise, healthy
eating, the onboard book reading room and more.
For more information, contact a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more
than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world.
From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all
seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South
America circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia/New Zealand and
Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean,
Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal.
The line welcomed Koningsdam
in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle-class ship,
Nieuw Statendam, to
be delivered in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship, due for delivery in
2021, recently was announced.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure 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 an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during
an America's Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York
Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage,
Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. 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 our guests.