The mystery surrounding the story, which intrigued fans of Oprah and cruising alike, involved which ship Oprah would choose for her getaway. After a fun debate on Twitter (and several nominations for MSC Cruises' new Fantasia and Splendida, which feature the line's unique ship-within-a-ship Yacht Club), a Barcelona-based newspaper revealed that the Winfrey staffers and their guests – for a total of 1,723 passengers -- would be sailing on a specially chartered voyage on NCL's Norwegian Gem. Norwegian Gem also has a ship-within-a-ship set-up.
NCL did not respond to a request this weekend for confirmation.
This is at least the second time that Winfrey has given staffers of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" a collegial vacation outing. Last year she took the group to Hawaii.
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--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief