114-day ms Amsterdam cruise also features musical legends
SEATTLE, June 16 /CNW/ -- Famed television news anchor, Sam Donaldson,
best-selling writer and biographer, Kitty Kelley, and Grammy award winner, Doc
Severinsen are scheduled to headline the enrichment program on Holland America
Line's 2010 Grand World Voyage aboard ms Amsterdam.
The 114-day cruise departs Jan. 6, 2010, taking an eastward route sailing
from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Los Angeles, Calif., while exploring South
America, Africa and Asia.
"Being a premium cruise line means offering our guests premium enrichment
experiences, and the line-up for the Grand World Voyage is top-notch," said
Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest
programs. "To have a journalist as respected as Sam Donaldson and entertainers
as talented as Doc Severinsen puts our enrichment program at the top of the
Sam Donaldson scheduled to cruise spring Grand World Voyage segment in
Donaldson is scheduled to sail March 28 through April 1 from Hong Kong to
Shanghai. While on board he will present lectures to guests on a wide range of
Donaldson joined ABC News in 1967, yet the turning point in his career
came 10 years later when he was assigned to cover the incoming Carter
Administration as ABC's chief white house correspondent. By 1981, he was
anchor of "World News Sunday." Donaldson also has hosted "Prime Time Live"
and "The Sam Donaldson Show -- Live in America" on ABC radio. He is the
recipient of three George Foster Peabody and four Emmy awards. Today, he hosts
his own half-hour program, "Politics Live," on the high-definition digital
network "ABC News Now."
Kitty Kelley scheduled to cruise Grand World Voyage segment in late
Kitty Kelley is scheduled to sail Jan. 28 through Feb. 7 from Punta
Arenas to Buenos Aires, Argentina. While on board, she will discuss her
popular biographies and participate in question and answer sessions.
Kelley is an acclaimed writer and biographer whose last four books have
each ranked first on the New York Times best-seller list. Kelley's book,
"Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography" sold one million copies in hardback
and became the fastest selling biography in U.S. publishing history. Her other
biographies, "Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star," "His Way" about Frank Sinatra
and "Jackie Oh!" also were New York Times best sellers. After four years as a
press assistant to U.S. Sen. Eugene McCarthy, Kelley worked for two years as
the editorial page researcher for The Washington Post. Since then, she has had
a full-time career as a freelance writer.
Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo de la Vida scheduled for January Grand World
Musicians Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo de la Vida are scheduled to sail
Jan. 6 through 11 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Fuerte Amador, Panama, next
Severinsen, a long-time former music director of the Johnny Carson-hosted
show, became a staff musician for the NBC television network in 1949. After
years of playing with television studio bands, he was invited to play with the
"Tonight Show" band. The conductor asked him to join that band in 1962, and
five years later, Severinsen took over Carson's show, where he stayed until
1992. A Grammy award winner, Severinsen has more than 30 albums. After moving
to Mexico in 2006, Severinsen created El Ritmo de la Vida with Mexican
musicians Gil Gutierrez and Pedro Cartas.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center scheduled to sail Grand World
Voyage segment in early April
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is scheduled to sail
April 1 through 5 from Shanghai to Xingang (Beijing), China.
CMS is one of 12 resident organizations of Lincoln Center, the world's
leading performing arts complex. Through its performances, education, and
recording and broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than
any other organization of its kind. Its annual activities include concerts,
national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on "Live
From Lincoln Center," and a nationwide radio show, and National Public Radio's
"Performance Today" appearances.
The Holland America Line Enrichment Experience
Holland America Line offers a full enrichment program on every ship. As
part of the Explorations Speaker Series, special guest lecturers sail on
segments of the Grand Voyages to offer unique and enriching perspectives on
regional art, history and culture. Culinary staff and guest chefs lead cooking
classes and demonstrations in the on-board Culinary Arts Center presented by
Food & Wine magazine; The Explorations Cafe -- powered by the New York Times
-- allows guests to stay connected via the Internet or simply relax, listen to
music and have a latte.
The line's newest enrichment program is the Holland America Line Digital
Workshop powered by Windows. In an interactive, user-friendly atmosphere,
guests learn how to share all of their digital vacation memories through
e-mail, blogging and social networking.
For more information on Holland America Line's 2010 Grand World Voyage or
other cruises, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL
(877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320
ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to
108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include
Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand
World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam,
is scheduled to join the fleet in July 2010.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations Cafe powered by The New
York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities
highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
World's Leading Cruise Lines
The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line
is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise
Line and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a
commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets. The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and
enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
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