Holland America Entertainment Features New Shows, Music and More 

New headliner shows plus expanded entertainment offerings across the fleet.

Holland America is revamping its entertainment lineup with the introduction of several new mainstage experiences in 2024. Four new mainstage shows offer a new approach to the classic cruise production format. New performances will take on a regional flair that focuses on the areas where ships are cruising.

Performers on stage aboard Holland America Nieuw Statendam with feather boas.
Holland America’s “Class Act” show. (Photo: Sherry Laskin)

The always-popular Rolling Stone Lounge is being added to more ships and Billboard Onboard music experience will be refreshed.

“Over the past several years we’ve built one of the strongest entertainment experiences at sea, working with world-class musicians and dancers,” said Bill Prince, vice president of entertainment and enrichment. “Adding these new theater experiences continues to build on our momentum.”

Throughout 2024, the cruise line will debut four shows that combine song and dance for a new mainstage experience. These concert-style productions are fronted by three lead vocalists supported by an ensemble cast of singers and dancers.

Holland America New Mainstage Shows

  • “Song & Dance”: Set on a studio backlot, two leading men front a concert of musical numbers from Broadway, Hollywood and more.
  • “Class Act”: Las Vegas goes to sea in this elaborate production, celebrating iconic female performers of the concert and nightclub stage.
  • “All That!”: Be a part of our studio audience as we present our take on the classic TV variety shows of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Headliners share the spotlight combining singing, dancing and a bit of comedy.
  • “Hey, Mr. DJ”: Iconic radio DJs introduce songs from the ’60s through today in this concert of pop hits.

These new shows debuted on Eurodam in February 2024, closely followed by the end of June aboard Rotterdam, Zuiderdam and Nieuw Statendam. More ships will soon feature these four new shows as well.

Along with these new mainstage productions, guests will experience a different region-based lineup for Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, South America cruises and other areas around the world.

Regional Entertainment

Caribbean cruises on Rotterdam, Nieuw Statendam and Eurodam will feature outstanding orchestral steel drum concerts of Island Magic with a repertoire that includes traditional island sounds to their own spin on classical and pop songs.

Canada and New England cruises on Volendam and Zuiderdam will treat guests to a new show titled, “Breton Thunder”, an authentic Nova Scotia music experience that highlights the region’s European roots.

Sydney, Nova Scotia cruise port with giant fiddle.
Giant fiddle at Sydney, Nova Scotia’s cruise port. (Photo: Sherry Laskin)

Over in Europe, cruises aboard Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam and Zuiderdam will feature classical string music from the Chordial Chamber Trio and an outstanding group of European tenors called, Pantheon.

Alaska cruises continue to feature Step One Dance Company, merging choreography with artistic video projection for a truly immersive experience. Four singers that comprise the group Major Fourth, will also take the stage with their amazing harmonies that encompasses genres and decades.

New for Holland America’s Alaska sailings is a program called Destination: Alaska. This show is designed to create excitement for guests about the Alaska destinations and features shore excursions they could book to make the most of their cruise.

Favorite Music Venues on Most Holland America Ships

Rolling Stone Lounge, showcasing a seven-piece band playing everything from rock to pop to R&B, was added to Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam in December 2023. The music venue has been a featured entertainment venue on Noordam, Oosterdam, Zuiderdam and Westerdam.

Billboard Onboard is getting a facelift with an updated piano bar concept featuring a different music theme each evening.

B.B. King’s Blues Club continues to be as popular as ever as the centerpiece of the music scene on Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam.

Select European voyages will have a live, classical music trio, and on Grand and Legendary Voyages in the Explorer’s Lounge.

Entertainment offerings vary by ship depending on the length of the cruise and destination of the ship.

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