Questions? Call our cruise partners at 800-422-0711.

BlackDoctor.org (BDO), the leading health and wellness platform for African Americans, will take over Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam for seven days and nights of concerts, parties, healthy living sessions, and much more. With non-stop entertainment and activities throughout the day and night, there’s more than you can possibly do on a single cruise! Whether you’re traveling solo, with a friend, family member, or significant other, the BDO Luxury Caribbean Cruise has fun activities for everyone.

Once on the ship, you’ll notice there’s fun everywhere you look– the show lounges are spectacular, there’s a variety of world class restaurants, casino is crackin,’ and each bar makes even a simple drink a chance to chill in a setting less ordinary. Our BDO Luxury Caribbean Cruise team has events planned for every cruiser, including our top expert led workshops, old school and new school parties, golf outings, games for singles and couples, theme nights, and more.

 

BDO Cruise Sessions

Business & Finance
Create Wealth (and Health) With Cannabis
Get smart, from credible sources, about incorporating cannabis and hemp products into your healthy lifestyle, or pursuing as an entrepreneurial opportunity, leading to wealth, legacy and freedom.
Business & Finance
Self-Care
Brunch Yoga
Affirmations, positive thinking, and invigorating stretching to the sounds that we love at a time that’s just right! Meet us on the deck after the sun is up for brunch yoga and welcome the day with a refreshed mind and mimosas.
Self-Care
Relationships
Keep The Fire Burning (Couples)

Married or in a serious relationship? Renowned couples and relationship experts are eager to share with you some tips and tricks to keep your situation SPICY! You’ll never look at #couplegoals the same again after hearing from these intimacy aficionados.

Relationships
Dating
In Between Baes? Dating 101

No bae? No problem! From loving yourself to loving someone else, our dating expert and Matchmaker Extraordinaire has you covered. Learn how to enjoy your BEST single life while navigating the dating game. We’ll talk in-person and online dating, first impressions, and even the art of conversation in a relaxed, pressure-free setting. There’s also no better time to get acquainted with the other singles on the cruise!

Dating
Food
Cooking Demos

Whether you’ve been whipping up in the kitchen since you were a child or you can’t figure out how to boil water, this is for you! We'll be learning how to prepare recipes that are as good for you as they are delicious. Presentation is everything, so pick up some tips on how to make your dishes look as good as they taste while you’re here! 

Food
Drink
Whiskey Tastings

Calling all whiskey lovers!

 

Send your taste buds on a flavor adventure during our Whiskey Tasting. From Scotch, Irish, Single Malt and Blend to Bourbon and Rye, you will get an exclusive opportunity to sample dozens of whiskey varieties. Discover your new favorite variety with us aboard the Nieuw Statendam! 

Drink
Spa & Relaxation
Getting Back To YOU

Life is busy and so are you, so here’s your chance to spoil yourself! Wind down with other ladies on the ship as we indulge in customized spa experiences. Massages, facials, body scrubs, wraps...you name it, you can have it! It doesn’t end there! Hear from other busy women and self care experts who will empower you to take “me time” more often and give you the keys to living your best Boss Lady life. 

Spa & Relaxation

Hosted by the leading top experts and celebrity coaches, these sessions will be filling up quickly. These are just some highlights of the amazing and impactful sessions that we’ll be having aboard the ship. Book your cruise to reserve your spot now.

Other Sessions At Sea

What better way to end your fun-filled day than to wind down with a movie? Not just any movie, but one of your favorite Black classic films! Whether it’s a comedy, romcom or action movie, you’ll want to grab some popcorn, maybe a glass of wine & sit poolside to enjoy.

Interested in starting a business? BDO CEO, Reggie Ware, has captured lightning in a bottle more than once, by creating multiple multi-million dollar businesses and is ready to show you how to make your next business idea your best! 

Hitting 40 or 50 is not about slowing down, it’s about stepping up and moving forward as your BEST self! Perimenopause and menopause can be daunting, but this time of your life should be empowered and beautiful and WisePause wants to teach you how! There’s a solution for every symptom from hot flashes, mood swings, low libido, weight gain, and much more, and our leading professionals are here to help! 

We will discuss health and healthcare disparities among people of color. Then we will provide 5 concrete tips to help individuals advocate for themselves and get what they need from any doctor.

Start your new golf journey with some basic skills or take your excellence to the next level at our on location golf lessons. Golfing like a pro already? Enjoy the day and beautiful views from the Caribbean course.

Think you know all there is to know about hair care? Perhaps, but our game show, Hair Fact or Fiction? will definitely set the record straight! We have the industry’s leading hair and scalp specialists aboard to give us the tea as they host this friendly competition to find BDO’s Hair Care Know-It-Alls. Team up with your besties and compete for AMAZING prizes and giveaways!

Black women are losing hair at an alarming rate, but it doesn’t have to be this way! In this session we will explore the reasons women lose hair and dive into the solutions and preventative measures you can take NOW.

Ladies will learn how to customize your wig step by step. From installation and style to proper bleaching, non-bleaching, tweezing, and how to apply. You will leave confident & ready to do a flawless lace frontal. 

Our Destinations

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Did someone say private island?! There’s nothing like Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s 2,400-acre private island paradise in the Bahamas. Soak in the solitude of the white-sand beach or snorkel through the clear waters of the sea. Wanting to have more fun in the sun? BDO will be hosting a volleyball tournament, beach workouts, and our exclusive beach party.

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Is it just us, or did you read “Jamaica” and immediately start hearing the drums of Bob Marley’s “Jammin?” Well…we’re sure you hear them now, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in Jamaica. Unwind to the smooth sounds of the reggae shore and relax on a bamboo river raft down Martha’s Brae. Grab a friend and link hands as we climb the waterfalls at Dunns River Falls, or Bobsled through the Mystic Mountain. After your day of adventure, grab some Jamaican food and join us back on board for our stoplight party.

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The Cayman Islands have everything you would want from a Caribbean destination—warm breezes, clear seas, a laid-back attitude—and an exciting culinary scene. Between the celebrity chefs who’ve set up shop on Grand Cayman and the 135 or so resident nationalities that have helped season the island’s giant melting pot, this is one of the best places to eat in the Caribbean. Don’t forget to visit Stingray City, where you’ll be able to swim and interact with stingrays in the clear Cayman waters. At the start of the evening, we’ll be back on board hosting our healthy cocktail mixing, couples massage, and dance workshops.

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Let’s get cozy in Cozumel at our Waves & Wellness and spa day retreat. Get the rest and relaxation that only this paradise island can offer with world-class spa treatments. For the golfing enthusiast, play 18 holes on Cozumel’s championship golf course and enjoy the satisfaction of hanging with good friends, new and old. With a full day on land, let’s reset, relax, and restore in Mexico’s Caribbean Island.

 Questions? Call our cruise partners at 800-422-0711.
Aboard The Nieuw Statendam

STATEROOMS

Cabin rates include all-inclusive access to the BDO workshops, seminars, and planned activities.
Place your fully refundable deposit now to reserve your cabin!

 

What's included in the cabin price:

Accommodations on board the ship (7-nights) include

  • Port Charges & Government Taxes
  • Meals, Snacks, and Most Beverages
  • 24-Hour Complimentary Room Service
  • Use of Ship Facilities (2 pools, spa, casino, on-board shopping, blues club, innovative specialty restaurants)

BDO Wellness & Waves Pass which includes:

  • Welcome Gift Bag
  • Meet & Greet Reception
  • Networking Mixers
  • Wide Variety of Seminars by World class Speakers/Experts
  • Fitness Classes
  • Theme Parties with a special guest DJ
  • Comedy Show
  • Karaoke

Inside Stateroom

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Deposit: $175 (per person)

$1059 – $1099

Ocean View Stateroom

These expansive staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—the Signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Deposit: $175 (per person)

$1359 – $1399

Verandah Stateroom

Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and shower with premium massage showerheads. The view is partially obstructed. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Deposit: $175 (per person)

$1559 – $1709

Vista Suite

With a teak-lined verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sitting area, these comfortable suites are filled with light. They include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses plus a shower with premium massage head and a refrigerator. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

Deposit: $175 (per person)

$2109- $2209

Signature Suite

These large, comfortable suites feature a spacious sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and one murphy bed for one person. The bathroom includes a dual-sink vanity and shower. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown. Approximately 393 sq. ft. including verandah. 

Deposit: $175 (per person)

$3959.00

Neptune Suite

With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these spacious suites are flooded with light. They feature a large sitting area and two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses. The bathroom includes a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, or shower only. Approximately 465 sq. ft. including verandah

Deposit: $175 (per person)

$4509 – $4909

 Questions? Call our cruise partners at 800-422-0711. 

MEET YOUR HOSTS

BDO (BlackDoctor.org) is the leading health & wellness website for people of color. Our 22 million monthly visitors enjoy our custom content centered around black health, wellness, lifestyle and longevity. And over 100,000 people per month are searching for culturally sensitive doctors on our “Find A Doctor” Tool. 

At Holland America Line, we believe travel has the power to change the world. We consider it our higher purpose to help make the world a better place through opening minds, building connections, and inspiring a shared humanity. Holland America Line, the premium cruise line dedicated to explorers, foodies and music lovers who want to pursue these passions on perfectly sized, refreshingly uncrowded ships, filled with one-of-a-kind experiences.  Come Savor the Journey.

 Questions? Call our cruise partners at 800-422-0711.

CRUISE FAQ

The same items you would bring on any vacation. In addition to that, you may want to purchase items for motion sickness.

Yes, there is a convenience store on the ship in case you forget any essentials.

Yes, we will need passports for every destination.

No, airfare is not included. You are responsible for airfare, transportation to and from the airport and any other costs outside of the cruise itself and its included activities.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Yes, there will be WiFi on the ship!

Questions? Call our cruise partners Continuing Education® at 800-422-0711. 
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We’d be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise.

No. To book your cabin all you have to do is pay a $175 per person deposit (based on double occupancy)

Cruise Line cancellation policies are strictly enforced. For that reason, we urge all of our travelers to carefully consider whether travel protection is a good value for them.

Certainly, if you have reason to think that “something might come up” that might force you to cancel, travel protection is worth the cost of the premium. Examples we’ve seen in the past include ill or frail family members and changes in employment causing relocation.

Visit TravelSafe To Explore Protection Plans

If travel protection is the right choice for you, we recommend TravelSafe. To visit their site and explore your options click here or on the link above. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we’d be happy to help you go that route if you’d prefer.

Travel Protection Plans

  • TravelSafe Basic Plan – A plan for those who want just the bare necessities.
  • TravelSafe Classic Plan – TravelSafe’s most popular plan includes higher limits on all of the important benefits to expand your coverage. Add Cancel For Any Reason for even more coverage.
 

 Questions? Call our cruise partners at 800-422-0711.