HAL_BBC EarthCourtesy of Holland America Line

Guests on Holland America Line ships can now experience more of the world’s natural wonders, test their knowledge of our planet and participate in some family-friendly competition through the cruise line’s exclusive partnership with BBC Earth.  These unique performances and interactive programs are currently are available on select ships but will be rolled out to the rest of the fleet (except ms Prinsendam) by March 2017.
 
The new offerings immerse guests in BBC Earth’s award-winning, world-class captivating experiences. A highlight is “Frozen Planet Live,” a groundbreaking concert based on the BBC Earth “Frozen Planet” television series. “Frozen Planet Live,” on each ship’s main stage, features live musicians playing a specially orchestrated musical score by award-winning composer George Fenton as the images unfold on screen. Guests are taken on an emotional and evocative journey into the wilderness of the polar regions, where life thrives in the most extraordinary conditions. Additional activities include “Inside Earth” documentary films, gameshows, trivia, children’s activities and BBC Earth feature cruises.

HAL_BBC Earth_LiveCourtesy of Holland America Line

Guests wanting to test their knowledge can participate in the fun and entertaining “What on Earth!” family game show, bringing the entire world of BBC Earth to life in a new format. This show uncovers all that’s weird, wonderful and obscure in our natural world.  Teams compete against each other on the main stage, guessing the location in “Where on Earth!”, uncovering content hidden beneath puzzles in “What on Earth!”, and working out which animal makes that sound in “Who on Earth!” “Trivia from Earth” is an informal, team-based competitive quiz that allows guests to show off their natural history knowledge and provides guests with entertaining new facts.
 
Junior cruisers can get in on the adventure as well with BBC Earth’s countdown fact shows, specially developed “BBC Earth for Club HAL Tweens.”  Kids will discover amazing facts about animals, dinosaurs and sea creatures. 
 
Celebrate Holland America Line’s 70th Anniversary of Exploring Alaska with a new BBC Earth Alaska show
To celebrate Holland America Line 70th anniversary of exploring Alaska, a new BBC Earth Alaska show will be developed for the 2017 Alaska cruise season.  Show details will be revealed in early 2017.

HAL_BBC Earth_VideographerCourtesy of Holland America LineSail with BBC Earth Experts on Feature Cruises
Guests who want a deeper BBC Earth experience can join select feature cruises each year. Guests will discover what happens behind the scenes on BBC Earth’s groundbreaking documentaries by sailing with producers, cameramen and presenters.  These BBC Earth experts will host master classes and question-and-answer sessions in their field so guests can learn directly from the show’s creators.
 
In 2017 four BBC Earth feature cruises have been scheduled. Featured guest talent will be announced at a later date. Feature cruises include:

  • January 29, ms Koningsdam — 7-day eastern Caribbean departure roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
  • April 7, ms Oosterdam — 18-day Panama Canal transit from Tampa to San Diego.
  • July 8, ms Maasdam — 7-day Canada and New England cruise from Montréal to Boston.
  • October 27, ms Volendam — 14-day Taiwan and Japan sailing from Shanghai to Hong Kong.

For more information, contact your local travel professional or visit www.hollandamerica.com

 

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