Holland America Line Debuts New Stage Shows on Cruise Ships

A Tina Turner song puts the Holland America Line audience in high gear. Following are more songs by Enya, Kylie Minogue and former Las Vegas entertainer Lola Falana as sung by cruise line performers.

Holland America Line is adding to its award-winning entertainment lineup with the introduction of four new mainstage shows in 2024. The concert-style productions are fronted by multi-talented headliners supported by an ensemble of singers and dancers.

“We are excited to have a set of new shows out there,” Bill Prince, vice president of entertainment and enrichment, said at a press conference aboard the Nieuw Statendam in Fort Lauderdale.

“We’ve built one of the strongest entertainment experiences at sea, working with world-class musicians and dancers,” Prince said. “Adding these new theater experiences is in response to what our guests want.”

One of Holland America Line’s new stageshows. Jackie Sheckler Finch photo

The new shows are:

     “Song & Dance” – Set on a studio backlot, two leading men front a concert of musical

       numbers from Broadway, Hollywood and more.

     “Class Act” – Las Vegas goes to sea in this elaborate production celebrating iconic female

       performers of the concert and nightclub stage.

     “All That!” – Be a part of the studio audience as Holland America Line presents its take on

       the classic TV variety shows of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Headliners share the spotlight

       combining singing, dancing and a bit of comedy.

      “Hey, Mr. DJ” – Iconic radio DJs introduce songs from the ‘60s through today in this

        concert.

Bill Prince announces new shows at a press conference aboard Nieuw Statendam. Jackie Sheckler Finch photo

The new shows debuted on Eurodam in February and will be enjoyed on Rotterdam, Zuiderdam and Nieuw Statendam by the end of June with more ships to follow.

In addition, Holland America Line will feature productions specific to each region so guests can experience a different lineup when they cruise in Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, South America and other areas around the world.

“We want to lean in to the destinations we visit,” Prince said. “In Nova Scotia, we wanted to figure out a way to bring that musical experience to our ship. For cruises to Canada and New England, we will introduce the Nova Scotia-themed show Breton Thunder.”

One of the new stageshows debuting on Holland America Line ships. Jackie Sheckler Finch photo

Caribbean cruises will feature the unique orchestral steel drum concerts of Island Magic. In Europe, sailings will offer classical string music with the Chordial Chamber Trio and Pantheon, a dynamic group of European tenors.

Alaska cruises will continue to feature the elite members of the Step One Dance Company who blend innovative choreography with artistic video projection to create immersive experiences. Major Fourth also will take the stage with four singers delivering impactful harmonies that cover all genres and decades.

Sailings in Alaska also will offer a new program called Destination: Alaska. This show is aimed at getting guests excited about the destination and will highlight shore excursions they can book to make the most of their cruise.

New stageshow productions. Jackie Sheckler Finch photo

Rolling Stone Lounge, which showcases a seven-piece band playing everything from rock to pop to R&B, was added to Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam in December 2023. The music venue has already been a staple onboard Noordam, Oosterdam, Zuiderdam and Westerdam.

Billboard Onboard will embrace an updated piano bar concept through the lens of Billboard’s chart-tipping hits with a different music theme each evening. B.B. King’s Blues Club continues to be the centerpiece of the music scene on Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam.

The World Stage on the Rotterdam. Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

Meanwhile, a live classical music trio will be featured on select European voyages on the mainstage and on Grand and Legendary Voyages in the Explorer’s Lounge. Entertainment offerings vary by ship depending on  the length of the cruise and destination of the ship.

Nieuw Amsterdam cruising in Alaska. Photo courtesy of Holland America Line

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