The Stars Aligned for General Manager Drew Daly at Dedication Ceremony for Holland America

In late January, General Manager Drew Daly had the distinct honor to share the stage with the legendary Oprah Winfrey during Holland America’s dedication ceremony of its newest ship, the Nieuw Statendam, at which Oprah was named the ship’s Godmother. The dedication ceremony is a time-honored maritime tradition believed to bring good luck to all who sail on her.

Representing the entire travel agent industry, Drew discussed his journey from working in a call center to his current tenure as general manager of a leading home-based travel agency franchise. He discussed why working as a travel agent is such a special career and why cruising is simply the best vacation out there — because each individual cruiser can have a positive impact on themselves and on other like-minded cruisers they meet onboard as they share their life-changing experiences that they could not have had by staying on the sidelines.

In addition to Drew and Oprah, the dedication ceremony also featured speeches from Holland America President Orlando Ashford, Nieuw Statendam’s Captain Sybe De Boer, Environmental Officer Diana Mihalache, Dining Host Dee Dewi. Watch this momentous moment in cruise history.

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