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Holland America Line Strengthens Commitment to the Best Live Music at Sea

Holland America Line Strengthens Commitment to the Best Live Music at Sea

Rolling Stone Lounge

Holland America is making exciting enhancements to its entertainment lineup across the fleet as the premium cruise line continues to build on its reputation for featuring the best live music at sea.

“A decade ago we committed to offering the premier collection of live music venues at sea, and the changes we are making over the next several months are a chance for us to strengthen that experience for our guests,” said Michael Smith, senior vice president, guest experience and product development. “Whether on a seven-day Alaska cruise or a 70-plus day Grand Voyage, our guests expect variety and quality in their live music. We are enthusiastic about the initial response we’ve received to the changes we’ve started to preview.”

Lincoln Center Heads to World Stage
Holland America Line is elevating its partnership with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and taking those shows to the main stage. The program will evolve from a quartet on several ships to a traveling ensemble that will perform on a rotating basis in World Stages on all ships. World Stage is Holland America Line’s main theater; on Pinnacle Class ships the venue seats more than 700 guests and features a two-story, panoramic LED screen.

Holland America Line is excited to be working with Shanta Thake, Lincoln Center’s chief artistic officer, on the new vision for this program, which is still under development and will roll out this summer. The musicians who will be a part of this new program remain the highest caliber of talent and will be exhilarating to watch in the larger venue.

Live Music in Ocean Bar
Between February and early summer, Holland America Line will be adding a band in Ocean Bar on Zuiderdam, Westerdam, Oosterdam, Noordam, Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam. The band is a contemporary trio playing innovative pop arrangements from the 60’s to today for ambience and dancing.

Rolling Stone Lounge
Holland America Line is making a noteworthy change on Vista Class ships Noordam, Westerdam, Oosterdam and Zuiderdam. These ships now feature the Rolling Stone Lounge, a new club powered by Rolling Stone’s highly regarded “best of” lists, replacing the former B.B. King’s Blues Club.

Vista Class ships typically cruise Holland America Line’s longest voyages, and the expanded repertoire of the Rolling Stone Lounge allows for more variety of music including R&B, rock and pop. The band at Rolling Stone Lounge plays live six nights a week and shows vary nightly.

Additional Music Venues
• The popular B.B. King’s Blues Club continues onboard the five Signature and Pinnacle Class ships (Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam), along with a variety of other music venues.
• All ships in the fleet except Volendam and Zaandam offer Billboard Onboard, a unique piano bar experience featuring chart-topping hits.
Rolling Stone Rock Room highlights the best of classic rock on Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam.


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  1. Sandra January 14, 2023 at 12:26 am - Reply

    I have just come off the Noordam which I thoroughly enjoyed. Trivia and the piano playing at Billboard on board are so popular that you have to arrive 45 mins early to get seats for 5 people, which often means missing another activity or leaving early. This was the same with the great band in the Rolling Stone lounge. For future designs perhaps these areas could be reconfigured to accomodate more attendees. Just a thought.
    Sandra Bryson

  2. Jean January 16, 2023 at 1:16 am - Reply

    We have always enjoyed trios and quartets in Lincoln Stage./Explorations Lounge. However it has been a long time since we have heard more than one or two musicians. one or two are good, but three or four are better.
    If you want to bring them to the main stage, fine, but don’t remove the opportunity to hear them in the small venue. It is what we do before or after dinner and would be greatly missed.

  3. ROSEMARY S OWEN January 25, 2023 at 6:23 am - Reply

    We usually travel on Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam. How about some more entertainment during the sea days? The trivia you do is ok, but it gets old. The last time on Nieuw Statendam (December 2022) the staff doing some of the trivia are very immature and not entertaining. How about doing some Karaoke in the lounge across from Rudi’s? We will keeping traveling on HAL, but please for now and see if anything changes.


  4. Kenneth Dick January 26, 2023 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    The Westerdam is currently in drydock (back out on/about 3 February). We’ll be back onboard the Westerdam on 13 March. How many of the Vista Class venue changes will be completed/active for our mid-March cruise?

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