WHY IT RATES: Evening entertainment aboard select Holland America ships will be enlivened by a new rotation of original, exclusive live performances, futuring diverse music genres and dance styles from three separate companies. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer
From interactive dance to today’s songs performed in yesterday’s styles, Holland America Line has transformed its approach to entertainment with the introduction of three touring companies on the Mainstage: The Step One Dance Company, featuring works by leading contemporary choreographers; an exclusive license for the international musical phenomenon Postmodern Jukebox to create two unique shows just for Holland America Line; and the latest addition, male vocal group Cantaré.
Holland America Line’s innovative Music Walk also is expanding to three more ships by spring 2020. Music Walk offers venues with distinct musical genres: classical and chamber music, chart-topping hits, rhythm and blues, and classic rock.
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“Cruisers are looking for top-quality performances and variety in their evening entertainment and with our new Mainstage touring line-up and the standing-room-only Music Walk, we have something for everyone,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Whether you spend the entire evening in one place or hop from venue to venue, memorable performances from world-class musicians will fill your journey with the best live music at sea.”
Throughout the year, Step One Dance Company, Postmodern Jukebox and Cantaré will tour select ships in Holland America Line’s fleet.
Postmodern Jukebox — Bringing a Vintage Style Sound to Modern Music
Postmodern Jukebox is known for transforming modern hits into vintage soul, doo-wop and roaring 20’s jazz renditions that are as popular as the originals. Holland America Line features its own iteration of this musical collective that rotates among select ships performing two shows that can only be seen on board the premium cruise line. “Bandstand” features modern hits performed as if they were recorded in the 50s & 60s. “Speakeasy” reimagines today’s songs as standards from the 20’s and 30;s.
Step One Dance Company — A Transcendent Dance Experience
Innovative and exciting, Step One Dance Company brings a multimedia approach to entertainment with performances that marry vivid imagery with contemporary choreography. Step One Dance Company, comprised of six elite dancers, presents works from notable choreographers who have blended high-caliber dance with technology to create three unique shows.
“Humanity” is a vibrant and energetic exploration of the human spirit through dance and music. Utilizing state-of-the-art theater projection systems to add a new dimension to dance, the show immerses guests in a dazzling compilation of segments that are a feast for the senses as performers interact with dynamic visuals on the floor and walls. “Resonance” fuses movement and sound as the dancers interact with imagery of musical instruments. “Stages” is a three-act ballet featuring three couples in three different stages of their relationship, fusing contemporary dance with a brilliant backdrop told by three unique styles of dance.
Cantaré — A Quartet of Pop Vocalists is Latest Addition to the Fleet
In 2020 Holland America Line welcomes the return of Cantaré, a male, pop vocal group who perform intricate harmonies. Cantaré will perform two concerts. “I’m Your Man” features songs by some of the most popular male artists of all time, and “Classics” covers timeless songs from every era.
Performances From the Most Authentic Live Music Experiences at Sea
At Music Walk, memorable performances from world-class musicians fill each cruise with an unforgettable rhythm from four distinct genres with Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Rolling Stone Rock Room. Guests can spend time in one place or enjoy several venues over the course of the night.
Through spring 2020, Holland America Line is adding the chamber music of Lincoln Center Stage and chart-topping hits of Billboard Onboard to Amsterdam, Volendam and Zaandam, while on Rotterdam, Billboard Onboard joins Lincoln Center Stage, which debuted earlier this year on the ship.
Beyond the Touring Companies
Enriching and engaging Holland America Line exclusives also take center stage, such as the BBC Earth Experiences live show “Planet Earth II in Concert.”
For more information, visit HollandAmerica.com.
SOURCE: Holland America press release.
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Viking Extends Suspension of Cruising Through August 31
“We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly,” Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen wrote in a May 28 post on the company website. “While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through Aug. 31, 2020.”
The company is offering 125 percent credit to passengers booked on canceled voyages. “It is fully transferable, allowing you to gift it to someone with whom you would like to share the joys of travel. It can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise,” Hagen wrote. “If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and we will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking.”
For more details on credits and refunds, click here.
Hagen said the company is developing new safety protocols and taking care of its crew members.
“We have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness—and are now developing additional protocols to make traveling with Viking even safer. We will be sharing more information about this very soon,” he wrote. “Also, during this time of non-operation, we are further training our crew and preparing our fleet to welcome you onboard again. Since our first announcement, many of you have expressed concern for our crew, and I want to reassure you that we are continuing to take good care of them.”
Hagen said he is seeing signs of hope in Europe. “I am delighted to note that in the past couple of weeks, hope has emerged here in Europe. In Switzerland, restaurants and shops opened two weeks ago, and I must admit it was a great treat to go to my favorite Italian restaurant the other day. Last week, I had my first day in the office – with a mask and proper distancing. It now also looks as though the local borders in Europe are starting to open up.”
Viking plans to launch the ocean ship Viking Venus Early next year and, in 2022, will welcome new expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, that will sail the Arctic, Antarctic and North America’s Great Lakes, and a modern river vessel, Viking Mississippi.
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