PHOTO: The ms Koningsdam is one of the Holland America ships that will feature BBC Earth activities. (Courtesy Holland America Line)
BBC Worldwide has won numerous awards for its groundbreaking documentary series BBC Earth, which explores the wonders and mysteries of the natural world.
Now this captivating program is coming to a Holland America Line ship near you.
Thanks to a partnership with BBC Earth, guests of Holland America Line ships will be able to test their knowledge of all things Planet Earth, while engaging in some family-friendly competition at the same time.
“Since announcing the BBC Earth partnership, we have been looking forward to launching the programming on board; and now that it’s rolling out across the fleet it’s even more engaging and visually powerful than we imagined,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Our guests are destination seekers with a desire to learn more and know more when they are cruising with us. ‘BBC Earth Experiences’ bring them to the most remote corners of the world in an incredibly innovative way.”
Currently available on the ms Koningsdam, ms Noordam, ms Rotterdam, ms Oosterdam, ms Zuiderdam and ms Eurodam (look for the program to be rolled out to the entire fleet with the exception of the ms Prisendam by March 2017) passengers can immerse themselves in the wonders of our planet, thanks to the Frozen Planet Live concert and the “What on Earth!” family game show.
The former features a live concert of original music written by award-winning composer George Fenton that enhances images of the North and South Poles as they unfold onscreen. In addition, guests can view Inside Earth films and take part in gameshows, trivia, children’s activities and BBC Earth feature cruises.
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Families will go up against other families in the “What on Earth!” family game show, where they will compete to correctly guess locations, solve puzzles and work out animal sounds in a race against the clock. Younger travelers will want to join in the fun on with the BBC Earth’s countdown fact shows—BBC Earth for Club HAL Tweens—where they can uncover exciting facts about dinosaurs, animals and sea life.
Holland America is also planning feature cruises that will allow passengers to get a behind-the-scenes look at how BBC Earth puts together its programming. Each sailing will feature producers, cameramen and presenters, who will share their insight and expertise in a series of master classes and Q-and-A sessions. Four BBC Earth feature cruises have already been scheduled for 2017:
* 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.
Fans of the BBC Experience should stay tuned for more details, as Holland America will be unveiling a BBC Earth Alaska show for the 2017 cruise season to celebrate the cruise line’s 70th anniversary of exploring Alaska.