Passengers on Holland America 2014 cruises are set to get the blues (but in a good way) thanks to the addition of the BB King Blues Club on four more of the line’s vessels next year.
The successful club franchise, which began in 1991 with the advent of the first club in the spiritual home of the blues, Memphis, saw its first cruise ship club opening on Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam vessel last year. However, as of March next year, passengers on Holland America 2014 cruises which take place on-board ms Noordam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam can also enjoy the hospitality and music offered by the club, named after the King of the Blues himself.
Explaining the reason for the blues-based expansion, Richard Meadows, executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Guest Programs for HAL, said: “The BB King’s Blues Club on Eurodam is packed full every night and is one of our highest-rated entertainment offerings. 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.”
Holland America 2014 cruises on-board the Eurodam and the four other vessels will resound with the sizzling sounds of the world-class BB King Blues Club Band, who will perform open-ended runs on-board all five vessels. The eight piece band comes direct from the original Beale Street BB King Blues Club and features two vocalists, a guitarist, bassist, drummer saxophonist, trumpeter and organist.
The performances will takes place in the vessels’ Queens Lounge, which will be decorated with portraits of the blues icon himself and the stage will be designed to resemble a Memphis nightclub. Popular cocktails from the land-based clubs will also be served, including the rum-based Lucille – named after BB King’s famous guitar.
By Simon Brotherton