Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Night at B.B. King's Club on Holland America Line

Aboard Holland America Line's Eurodam for the Malt Shop Memories Cruise last month, we were treated to an unexpected performance of the B.B. King Blues Club Band. As a rule, cruise ship performers get a 'vacation' during full-ship charter music themed cruises so it was a very pleasant surprise that we were able to spend "A Night at B.B. King's Club" and enjoy their outstanding show.

And now, 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. In addition, "Live from BB King's" headlines one night on the ship's main stage in the Show Lounge. Entertaining 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 that ended 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, Tennessee, 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.

Created and named after the reigning king of the blues and recording artist for more than four decades, B.B. King's Blues Club in Memphis, Nashville, Las Vegas, West Palm Beach, and Orlando are supper club-style restaurants featuring live music every night of the week. B.B. King's offers a perfect blend of some of the finest 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, visit BBKingClubs.com and HollandAmerica.com.

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