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Music Walk: Lincoln Center, Billboard & B.B. King Set the Stage on Koningsdam

At a press conference yesterday Holland America Line announced exciting onboard entertainment partnerships and enhancements that will introduce well-known names in the music industry to the fleet, including on the new ms Koningsdam. With the innovations, guests will now have more venues and genres of music to enjoy onboard.

More than a hundred media and VIP guests attended the event, including cruise journalists Chris Owen, Cruise Radio’s Doug Parker, Lynn Seldon and Popular Cruising’s Jason Leppert, and outlets like Seatrade Insider, the Miami Herald, USA Today and Porthole Magazine.

At the Holland America Line press conference, attendees were given delicious chocolates from Culinary Council member Jacques Torres, in the orange boxes, and tasty concoctions to toast to the new partnerships.

At the Holland America Line press conference, attendees were given delicious chocolates from Culinary Council member Jacques Torres, in the orange boxes above, and colorful concoctions to toast to the new partnerships.

From Twitter to Instagram to Facebook, social media was buzzing with the news.

@PTZtv: #SteinKruse #OrlandoAshford @HALcruises @CruiseShipping #CSM2015 #Koningsdam #HollandAmerica

Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, and Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group, make introductory remarks.

Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, and Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group, make introductory remarks.

The B.B. King’s Blues Club band from Orlando opened the conference, with lead vocals from a familiar face to fans of the hit TV show The Voice.

@helloOnboard: Hey there fans of @NBCTheVoice we’ve got Kris Thomas in the house #CSM2015 @HALcruises #Koningsdam

@PortholeCruise: Hhhhmmm... @HALcruises press conference kicks off with BB King's blues band. #Koningsdam #CSM2015

@PortholeCruise: Hhhhmmm… @HALcruises press conference kicks off with BB King’s blues band. #Koningsdam #CSM2015

@PortholeCruise: 3 new music venues (BB King’s, Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard) launches on @HALcruises Eurodam first then #Koningsdam. #csm2015

@SlyJabroni: At @HALcruises’ PR event. Live blues and a funky piano. #koningsdam #CSM2015 #HollandAmerica #cruise #cruisecritic

@PopularCruising: A trifecta of musical venues on @halcruises #Koningsdam called Music Walk. #cruise #travel #news

LINCOLN CENTER STAGE

Bill Prince, Holland America Line's director of entertainment, left, and Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, watch a video presented by Lincoln Center.

Bill Prince, Holland America Line’s director of entertainment, left, and Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, watch a video presented by Lincoln Center at the press conference.

Lincoln Center Stage will debut in a new onboard live music venue created in an exclusive partnership with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts — a leader in artistic programming, arts and education and community relations.

Greg Sheps, senior vice president of marketing for Lincoln Center, remarked on the diverse venues for chamber music.

Greg Sheps, senior vice president of marketing partnerships for Lincoln Center, remarked on the diverse venues for chamber music.

Under the exclusive partnership, each Lincoln Center Stage will showcase an ensemble performing chamber music. These world-class musicians will perform multiple programs nightly. On those occasions when guests are enjoying a leisurely day at sea aboard ship, the ensemble also will play afternoon recitals.

Lincoln Center Stage is one of Holland America Line's exciting new entertainment partnerships.

Lincoln Center Stage is one of Holland America Line’s exciting new entertainment partnerships.

@CruiseCritic: Classical fans, you’re in luck. Coming to @HALcruises #Koningsdam: Lincoln Center Stage. @CruiseCriticUK #CSM2015

Lincoln Center Stage will debut on ms Eurodam in January 2016 and on ms Koningsdam as part of the Music Walk complex and on ms Oosterdam in April 2016. Programming on additional ships will be announced at a later date.

BILLBOARD ONBOARD

@CruiseLog — BREAKING: @HALcruises announces new branded entertainment for ships called billboard onboard at #CSM2015 press event

At the press conference, musicians from Billboard rocked the house with chart-topping hits.

At the press conference, musicians from Billboard rocked the house with chart-topping hits.

Holland America Line is using 50 years of chart-topping hits as the framework for a new live interactive music experience called Billboard Onboard that will debut as part of the Music Walk complex on Koningsdam. The new programming is in partnership with Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, trends and innovations in music.

Billboard Onboard will showcase the talents of live musicians — including two pianists, a guitarist and a DJ — who will take turns performing dynamic shows centered around the interesting facts and figures of the music industry as chronicled by Billboard. Between the nightly sets and songs, guests can sing and play along with trivia questions presented on screens throughout the room.

@OrlandoChris: A new branded entertainment venue Billboard onboard to be on @HALcruises #Koningsdam #HollandAmerica

Billboard Onboard will be the place to be  to enjoy popular music.

Billboard Onboard will be the place to be to enjoy popular music.

The venue debut is a continuation of the growth the brand has seen in the last year, from a new online layout for its entire slate of renowned weekly charts to the launch of Adapt Studios, a branded content studio alongside The Hollywood Reporter. A chance to bring the Billboard experience to life, Billboard Onboard represents an extension of the brand as it curates venues worldwide.

B.B. KING EXPANDS

B.B. King Blues Club Band performed hit tuned that are showcased onboard and in their clubs around the country.

B.B. King’s Blues Club Band performed hit tuned that are showcased onboard and in their clubs around the country.

When Koningsdam sails in spring 2016, guests will be able to let the good times roll in B.B. King’s Blues Club — making it the eighth ship in the fleet to feature the Memphis music experience.

@CruiselineTalk: Bill Prince, @HALcruises Director of Entertainment, says 8th BB Kings Blues Club in HAL will open next year #CSM2015

Direct from Beale Street, the B.B. King All-Star Band — an eight-piece group featuring two vocalists backed by rhythm and horn sections — brings the best of the city’s music to sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, the band performs six nights a week in the Queen’s Lounge. During performances, the venue evokes the atmosphere of their namesake clubs on land with images of the legendary blues guitar legend. Exclusive specialty cocktails from the land-based clubs also are served, featuring the tasty, rum-based Lucille and Rock Me Baby concoctions.

B.B. King's Blues Club expands to Koningsdam as part of the Music Walk complex.

B.B. King’s Blues Club expands to Koningsdam as part of the Music Walk complex.

In addition to Koningsdam, B.B. King’s Blues Club is featured on ms Eurodam, ms Noordam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Oosterdam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam. When the show sails on ms Rotterdam in April 2015, the band will perform in the Crow’s Nest on a newly redesigned stage.

B.B. King’s Blues Club is part of the new Music Walk complex on ms Koningsdam that will encompass the ship’s musical offerings and partnerships, also including Billboard Onboard and Lincoln Center Stage.

@AboutCruises tweeted: @HALcruises announces 3 distinct music venues for ships. Will be called Music Walk. Eurodam 1st and then #Koningsdam. #CSM2015

THE WORLD STAGE

The World Stage features a 270-degree LED screen.

The World Stage features a 270-degree LED screen.

On Koningsdam, entertainment meets innovation with a new main theater design that surrounds the audience with a 270-degree LED screen. Breaking from the line’s traditionally styled theaters, The World Stage is a flexible space that can have multiple stage configurations, ranging from in-the-round to the more conventional proscenium staging. The theater will initially host five new productions performed in repertory by a cast sourced from around the world.

From @CruiseCurrents: ms Koningsdam will feature a new, revolutionary main theater, the World Stage. Photos and more details to come. #HALcruises #Koningsdam

At two stories high and 250 feet long, the high-definition LED screens will make The World Stage a trend-setting theater at sea capable of showcasing an exciting array of performances and productions. Enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting, projection and sound systems, the screens enable the environment of The World Stage to change throughout the day to present anything the designers can imagine. For example, the room can evolve effortlessly from an Italian palazzo for a concert performance to an imaginary world for innovative production numbers.

With the new partnerships and already existing shows and performers, Holland America Line is ushering in a new era of entertainment.

8 Comments
  • Larry

    We are hoping to take the entire family for a Christmas cruise on the beautiful new Koningsdam for its’ Caribbean debut!!

  • Pamea Harlow Galli

    Hello, I noticed that the photos of the BB King Blues Band has different musicians than the group that sang on the Eurodam on November 8th, 2015. Have you contracted other musicians? What happened to that group? They were fabulous and the saving grace of our 7 day cruise of the Caribbean. Are they on any other Holland ships?

    Thanks!

  • Julie

    Pamea, there are different groups on different ships, and some of the photos are stock 🙂 B.B. King Blues Clubs are on Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam, Noordam, Westerdam, Oosterdam, Zuiderdam and Rotterdam. It will be on Zaandam and Volendam in 2017, and Amesterdam in 2018 – and of course Koningsdam. Glad you enjoy their music!

  • Dave

    We just cruised on the Eurodam and enjoyed the B.B. King Blues Club all-star band. Would it be possible to get the names of the musicians? Also would like very much to get the names of the Lincoln Center Stage musicians. Guest services on the Eurodam gave a partial list without including the instrument played.

    It is always better to have background information before writing reviews of the fabulous Music Walk venues. Thanks.

  • Julie

    Dave, I’ll check for you!

  • Wanda Wakkinen

    We recently traveled to Hawaii on MS Oosterdam and highly enjoyed the musicians on the Lincoln Center Stage. Their concerts were the highlight of our days at sea. We even managed to attend shows some nights after a full day on the islands. We will determine future cruises based on the availability of the Lincoln Center Stage venue. Thanks you.

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