Holland America Line Expands World-Class B.B. King's Blues Club Experience To Five Ships In 2014

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SEATTLE, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the exceptional popularity of its first B.B. King's Blues Club on ms Eurodam, Holland America Line will expand the experience to five ships in 2014. The concept that debuted in March 2013 will become an integral part of the nightly entertainment experience on Eurodam, ms Noordam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam.

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In addition, "Live from BB King's" headlines one night on the ship's main stage in the Show Lounge.  

Enthralling guests with its musicianship and quality, the B.B. King Blues Club Band will return to Eurodam for an open-ended run starting on March 23, 2014, following their current run through Dec. 8, 2013. The Club will be onboard Westerdam now through April 5, 2014, and Zuiderdam now through March 17. Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam begin open-ended runs of B.B. King's Blues Clubs, with launch dates of Dec. 16 and April 6, respectively.

"The B.B. King's Blues Club on Eurodam is packed full every night and is one of our highest-rated entertainment offerings," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. "By expanding it to other ships in the fleet, more of our guests will be able to enjoy these talented musicians and their engaging performances."

The music and excitement that comes direct from Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., thrills guests five nights a week when world-class musicians from the B.B. King Blues Club Band create a dynamic sound to get the crowd energized. The eight-piece band features two vocalists backed by a drummer, bassist, guitarist, sax player, trumpeter and organist.

Each ships' Queen's Lounge will be trimmed with portraits of the Memphis Blues legend, illuminating the prominence of Memphis blues and its influence on everyone from Sam & Dave and Otis Redding to The Rolling Stones and Neil Diamond. A special stage will be crafted to resemble a Memphis nightclub with hanging guitars as a backdrop. Exclusive specialty cocktails from the land-based clubs also will be served, featuring the tasty, rum-based Lucille and Rock Me Baby concoctions mixed with different fruit liqueurs and juices.

"We couldn't be happier that this collaboration will be featured on several ships in the Holland America Line fleet," said Tommy Peters, B.B. King's Blues Clubs' CEO. "We always knew it would be hit on Eurodam, but the guests have embraced the show and its success has gone beyond our expectations."

About B.B. King's Blues Club
Created and named after the reigning king of the blues and recording artist for more than four decades, B.B. King's Blues Club is a supper club–style restaurant. B.B. King's offers a perfect blend of some of the finest live music and a variety of the South's most delicious comfort foods influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bbkingclubs.com.

For more information about the B.B. King's Blues Club at Sea, Holland America Line's cruises and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys, consult a professional travel seller, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc. (NYSE:CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in February 2016.

Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.

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