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Music on the high seas

Holland America Line cruises have always offered the promise of salty sea air, crisp rays of sunlight warming your skin, and scrumptious meals prepared by world-class chefs.

“But recently the cruise line has upped the ante” says Brenda Sbrozzi of Travel Time Inc. You can now take a break from the sun-dappled ship decks and step into a world ringing with musical performances and mind-blowing interactive entertainment experiences.

Gone are the quiet lounge entertainers and one-person piano shows. Instead, nights onboard most Holland America voyages are filled with an abundance of world-class entertainment options.

The new Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and the BB King’s Blues Club are all part of their new “Music Walk” experience.

Coming direct from Beale Street, the eight-piece BB Kings All-Star Band delivers fast, funky, soulful and smooth entertainment, bringing the best of Memphis music to the sea.

But it doesn’t stop there. With a two-story, 270-degree wraparound LED screen the World Stage surrounds guests in a high-definition, dazzling theater where innovation meets entertainment. Sourced from around the globe, you’ll experience mind-boggling magic, dazzling Cirque-du- Soleil-style performances and visual experiences into the breathtaking world of BBC Earth Experiences.

Prefer something different? Through a variety of exclusive new partnerships, Holland America has created additional entertainment options.

Step into America’s Test Kitchen, where you’ll learn foolproof techniques from top-notch chefs and make delectable dishes alongside them at hands-on cooking workshops.

If you’d rather just watch and sample, opt instead to attend a live cooking demonstration. The programs have been designed exclusively for guests, and promise enticing feasts for both the eyes and taste buds.

Recently, an exciting new initiative onboard Holland America pairs the life-changing wonder of travel with the soulful, inspiring content found in every issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Take part in numerous, O-inspired activities that allow you to open your mind, change your perspective and uncover your potential.

Find your centre daily with “Just Breathe” yoga sessions; acquire fashion advice from O’s creative director Adam Glassman; or share your insights and connect with other readers at O’s Reading Room Book Club.

“This is a completely different Holland America Line” says Sbrozzi and encourages travellers to contact a Travel Time advisor for more information about the NEW Holland America Line voyages.

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