Holland America Line Adds BBC Presenter Michaela Strachan, Filmmaker James Brickell and Digital Specialist Simon Baxter to ms Maasdam’s July 8 BBC Earth Feature Cruise

Seattle, Wash., June 8, 2017 — Holland America Line is adding the talents of popular BBC presenter Michaela Strachan, wildlife filmmaker James Brickell and innovative digital specialist Simon Baxter to the July 8, 2017, BBC Earth theme cruise.

Guests on ms Maasdam’s seven-day cruise to Canada and New England will be able to attend presentations and masterclasses by the trio, who will share their expertise and behind-the-scenes stories of how BBC programs are made.

“No one brings the world to life like BBC Earth, and through our partnership it’s exciting to give our guests access to talent like Michaela, James and Simon on this incredible feature cruise,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The BBC Earth experiences on board have grown to be among the most popular we offer, and the feature cruises take the enrichment programming to another level for our guests who seek to become more knowledgeable about the world and the places we visit.”

BBC Host Michaela Strachan

Michaela Strachan is one of the BBC’s most well-known TV hosts. Hugely popular in the U.K., Strachan started off presenting children's television, but today she is best known for her wildlife programs. For the past few years she has been one of the main anchors on BBC “Springwatch,” a live primetime British wildlife series that follows the emergence of spring. Her natural effervescence and engaging humor endear her to live audiences, and with her extensive experience in wildlife conservation around the world, Strachan has some amusing anecdotes from the field that are sure to entertain.

Filmmaker James Brickell

James Brickell has directed some of the most highly regarded BBC Earth shows, including “Big Cat Diary,” “Life in Cold Blood,” “Life in the Air” and the successful “Deadly 60.” He has captured some genuine world firsts in wildlife filming such as wild rattlesnakes hunting (never previously observed) and snakes jumping across a mudflat in the Far East (behavior that was new to science).

Brickell’s work as a filmmaker and his enormous passion for wild animals have taken him all over the world, from the jungles of South America and the Mojave Desert to the Arctic Circle and West African Plains (and just about everywhere in-between). Brickell has won an array of prestigious awards for his work, and he has many entertaining stories from the field, including some classics that involve the great Sir David Attenborough.

Digital Specialist and Filmmaker Simon Baxter

Simon Baxter has directed a variety of wildlife films for many exciting platforms, including more than a hundred short films for the BBC’s ever popular “The One Show.” He’s raced a peregrine falcon against a world champion mountain bike rider in a YouTube viral hit, and he’s directed BBC Earth films for the widest indoor screen in the world, stretching 131 feet across.

Currently Baxter is trying to harness 3-D, 360-degree cameras to help capture wildlife moments and epic landscapes for audiences to enjoy in virtual reality. Storytelling is at the heart of every project he works on, and he always finds a new way of using equipment — whether it’s the latest “ultra-high-definition” lens or simply by adapting the camera on a smart phone. Above all, Baxter ensures everything he does is fun to inspire the next generation of animal enthusiasts.

BBC Earth Partnership

Through its partnership with award-winning BBC Earth, world-class education and entertainment are brought onboard Holland America Line’s ships through live presentations, master classes, films, enrichment experiences and children’s activities — in addition to the special theme cruises.

For Holland America Line’s 70th anniversary season in Alaska in 2017, BBC Earth launched a new “Alaska in Concert” multimedia production in the same format as the stunning “Frozen Planet Live” performance. Combining live music set against a backdrop of mesmerizing footage from the BBC Earth television series “Wild Alaska,” audiences experience the cycle of four seasons and see this place is as unforgiving as it is beautiful.

About BBC Earth

BBC Earth is a global factual brand which tells the greatest stories about our world, capturing the astonishing wonders of the universe and sharing them with audiences everywhere. From the epic to the everyday, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart pounding action, mind blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being human. Celebrating the natural world is more important than ever, so our teams continually push the boundaries of possibility to bring us the remarkable stories that change our perspectives and inspire us to care. Commercially and internationally the brand is managed by BBC Worldwide across multiple platforms, by means of television, live events, social media and online, theatrical releases for cinema and giant screen films.

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Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company’s cruises visit all seven continents with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Cuba, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed, ms Koningsdam, in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle Class ship, ms Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in December 2018. A third Pinnacle Class ship, due for delivery in 2021, recently was announced.

The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during an America’s Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café, presented by The New York Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council that comprises world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.