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Mainstage Showcases New Touring Shows Step One Dance Company, Postmodern Jukebox and Cantaré

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: 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.

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 on Eurodam. Photo courtesy RWS Entertainment.

Postmodern Jukebox is known for transforming modern hits into vintage soul, doo-wop and roaring 20s 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 20s & 30s.

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.

World Stage Performance Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line

“Humanity” is a vibrant and energetic exploration of the human spirit though 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

Cantare vocal quartet

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.

B.B. Kings Blues Club

B.B. King’s Blues Club brings the music of Memphis to Holland America Line.

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

BBC Earth

Enriching and engaging Holland America Line exclusives also take center stage, such as the BBC Earth Experiences live show “Planet Earth II in Concert.”

Tell us, which show or music style fits your personality?

  • Barb Hendricks

    Was so hoping that PMJ or B.B. King’s Blues Club would be making an appearance on Rotterdam during our Feb. Trans-Canal cruise. ? But happy to see Billboard Onboard will join Lincoln Center Stage.? Can you tell that we have eclectic tastes in music? ???

  • Gerard Starrenburg

    We have enjoyed the classical music with violin and piano on the Volendam this month on our 17 day cruise from San Diego to Ft Lauderdale. In addition we have been on the Amsterdam in Alaska and the Konigsdam for a 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise. Love the ships and as I came over to the US on the Rijndam in 1959 I look forward to taking my wife for a transatlantic on the new Rijndam. Notice the spelling, I’m dutch and I still like to use the “ij”instead of the “y”.

  • LaRon Woolley

    Since you’ve invited comments, here goes. Let me just say that I get the feeling that cost-cutting is at the heart of some big changes in the entertainment department. We have been huge fans of the “ship’s singers and dancers'” broadway-style shows with great music, fabulous costumes and marvelous sets. We also miss the great HalCats musicians, always so versatile in accompanying performers, etc. We have seen the two Postmodern Jukebox shows and are not fans. Cantare sounds great and so does Step One Dance Co. Movies on the big screen don’t cut it for me since we get the same ones in our staterooms. Why not have the Lincoln Center Stage chamber group and BB King’s Blues Club do one full-length show each on the Mainstage. It’s often hard to find seats in the smaller venues. Note that for many (seniors most) on HAL ships the mainstage show is the last thing of the night before bed; we aren’t up to wandering through the clubs (BB King’s, Billboard, Music Walk, etc.). Note: we also miss some of the fun activities of earlier cruises, like karaoke, Dancing with the Stars, etc. where the finalists perform on the mainstage. Thanks for letting me share my thoughts.

  • sheryl ann sinard

    I second everything LeRon Woolly stated. The entertainment on my last four HAL cruises has been subpar. I also enjoy a good piano bar where Diane (Alaska cruise) or Tony from Tenennesee( I think) played. Both of them were terrific. I did 2 cruises with Tony the pianist but don’t remember which itiniaries.

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