Holland America have just announced they are debuting “Planet Earth II in Concert” on almost all of their ships following the success of “Frozen Planet in Concert” with BBC Earth.
Combining live music with a backdrop of breathtaking footage from the new, award-winning BBC Earth television series “Planet Earth II,” the exclusive show will immerse guests in the most spectacular landscapes and habitats on Earth.
The show will bring passengers eye-to-eye with the animals on screen as “Planet Earth II in Concert” is presented through Holland America Line’s partnership with BBC Earth.
World-class education and entertainment are brought onboard through behind-the-scenes films and live multimedia shows along with special feature cruises with masterclass presentations from the television teams that work behind scenes on the programmes.
“Our partnership with BBC Earth has been an extraordinary journey to all corners of the globe, and we can’t wait to take our guests into the world of ‘Planet Earth II’ with this stunning, new live concert,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.
“‘Frozen Planet in Concert’ has been one of our most popular shows, and ‘Planet Earth II’ will be the perfect encore. No one shows the spectacle of nature like BBC Earth.”
During “Planet Earth II in Concert,” guests rub shoulders with acrobatic primates in the jungles of Madagascar, race alongside hunting lions in the remote sandy deserts of Namibia, face stormy seas of the Great Southern Ocean with a family of penguins and tap their toes along with dancing grizzly bears.
It is all accompanied by a live orchestra that plays the main theme music by Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer and the original music score by Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe for Bleeding Fingers Music.
“Planet Earth II in Concert” is rolling out across Eurodam, Koningsdam, Maasdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Oosterdam, Rotterdam, Veendam, Westerdam andZuiderdam, and will be on board all of those ships by the end of April 2018.
Alaska-bound ships will revert to showing “Alaska in Concert,” developed last season with exclusive Alaska wildlife footage, for the duration of the season.
For Holland America Line’s 70th anniversary season in Alaska in 2017, BBC Earth launched the “Alaska in Concert” production that combined live music set against backdrop footage from the BBC Earth television series “Wild Alaska,” where audiences experience the cycle of four seasons and see this place is as unforgiving as it is beautiful.
Additionally, “Planet Earth II in Concert” and “Alaska in Concert,” theatre screenings of BBC Earth programs are featured on each sailing, and 45- to 60-minute “Inside Earth” films go behind the scenes and explore the making of BBC Earth content.
“Frozen Planet in Concert” will continue to show on longer voyages as a second BBC Earth performance for guests.
In other HAL news, the line’s long-time partnership with FOOD & WINE is expanding with a collection of exciting culinary-themed shore excursions.
Guests will explore food, wine and culture in some of the world’s hottest gastronomic locales.
“Holland America Line continues to develop deeply immersive experiences in the ports we visit, and through our partnership with FOOD & WINE we’ve been able to craft exceptional new excursions that show the culinary side of these destinations in some very special ways,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.
“We want to do more than simply take our guests to a local restaurant. We want them to cook with the restaurant chefs, visit hidden hotspots only the locals know about, and combine food and culture with fun and unique experiences.”
Guests will have the opportunity to take hands-on cooking classes, go on culinary walking tours, visit wineries, sample street food, explore local hideaways and more.
Noteworthy FOOD & WINE tours include:
–“La Boqueria Market Cooking Experience” in Barcelona that includes a hands-on culinary workshop led by chef Txema Aroca
–“Ino & the Uffizi Gallery” in Livorno, combining the finest art with the best local street food
-Copenhagen’s “Smorrebrod: The Art of Sandwich Making,” where participants learn everything including how to bake bread and create authentic toppings
–“Nordic Food Walk” in Stockholm that is a delicious gastronomic journey through the old Haymarket— now the Hötorgshallen Food Market;
Over the next year, the tours will be available in European ports, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Mexico, South America and more.
What do you think of Holland America’s news today? Are you excited for Planet Earth II in Concert? Or are you more concerned about the wine excursions? Leave us your comments below!
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