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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Most Underrated Cruise Entertainment: Holland America Line

Sailing last week aboard the Westerdam in the Mexican Riviera reminded me just how great Holland America Line’s entertainment is. It tends to fly under the radar a bit in its recognition, but it really shouldn’t. From its stellar new Music Walk concept to its main production shows, the overall program is a shining example of where the line is heading in the future.

In the past, Holland America quietly featured excellent chamber music and other live performances before first rolling out B.B. King’s Blues Club across several ships, but now everything is being elevated to a whole new level.

The blues club alone is worth the cost of admission, as stellar musicians and ace vocalists consistency knock soul, funk, jazz and, of course, blues numbers out of the park. In its first iteration, the venue was housed in the multipurpose Queen’s Lounge & Culinary Arts Center, as it still is on the Westerdam in the new “America’s Test Kitchen”-branded space.

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