CRUISING PHOTO of the WEEK (Outtakes) #24– Singing pianists are this week’s subject for outtakes from my book ‘Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships.’
Holland America ships may not have had Billy Joel onboard, but every evening was an opportunity to sing along with the Piano Man (and a Piano Woman).
The entertainment concept being incorporated on HAL ships prior to the pandemic was “Music Walk”. Anchored by the Mainstage Theater, venues included in Music Walk were the well established B.B. King Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage, and Billboard Onboard.
Billboard Onboard was HAL’s partnership venue with Billboard Magazine where fifty years of oldie hits were performed by talented singing pianists, one male and one female. Some sessions included tunes specially requested by passengers and singing along was often encouraged. Presumably when HAL cruises start up again, it will be time again for evenings of musical nostalgia when we’ll be “in the mood for a melody” and the Piano Man will have us “feelin’ alright.”
(Holland America Line is preparing for a gradual restart and is said to be moving six cruise ships toward the U.S. citing positive signs and a new conversation around the return to service.)
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Cover photo: Piano Man-Billboard Onboard-HAL’s partnership venue with Billboard Magazine — ©Dennis Cox/WorldViews
All Things Cruise Official Photographer Dennis Cox is an award-winning travel and location photographer for magazines, books, corporate publications and advertising. He has photographed in over 130 countries and territories on all seven continents and has specialized in photographing China since 1976. His photographs have appeared in an eclectic range of publications in numerous countries worldwide.
In Dennis’s 14th book of photographs, “Cruising the World, From Gondolas to Megaships,” his images chronicle the incredible diversity and originality of cruise boats and ships around the globe. They range from gondolas to megaships, converted rice boats to expedition vessels, windjammers to riverboats, junks to canal barges (occasionally even in the same photo).