Holland America Line hosted Recycled Percussion onboard several of their Caribbean Cruises


The popular and unusual musical group Recycled Percussion, performed their amazing stage show on five of Holland America Line’s Caribbean sailings during the end of 2012, bringing popular and interactive entertainment to its holidaymakers.

Recycled Percussion were formed in 1995 in New Hampshire, but they shot to fame after competing in the talent show, ‘America’s Got Talent’ in 2010. The group did extremely well on the show and managed to finish third place – the highest ever place for a non-singing act! The percussion group’s style is completely unique and original, known as ‘junk rock’, and is characterised by unusual sounds made with a range of improvised and eclectic instruments. These include buckets, ladders and even power tools! Why the group draws the crowds is that they involve the audience in their performances. The group have designed a highly interactive show where all audience members are given a drumstick and an individual instrument on their way into the performance so they can participate with the group themselves!

As Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line, noted in 2012:

“Recycled Percussion currently is one of Las Vegas’ hottest acts, and we’re excited to bring them on board our ships…This exciting show has been a big hit with our guests and is a unique type of entertainment experience in the industry.”

Recycled Percussion sailed on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Westerdam on a range of voyages at the end of 2012, delighting music fans onboard. Getting the group to play onboard their ships was quite a scoop for Holland America Line and its passengers will surely look forward to similar entertainment in the future.

About Holland America Line

Holland America Line has a fleet of 15 ships which sail to 350 ports all around the world. They offer a very wide range of different itineraries, from 2 day to 110 day voyages. Destinations include Antarctica, Australia/New Zealand, South America and voyages around Asia. The line also sails to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Bermuda, Europe, Panama Canal and Canada/New England. In addition, passengers can also choose to go on a Grand World Voyage.

In terms of onboard features and facilities, these have been greatly enhanced since the introduction of the Signature of Excellence Program in 2003. This saw the inclusion of new features and entertainments across the line’s ships, so there’s now a fantastic range of activities to suit every passenger taste. The line has also established some well-known partnerships to bring excellence and expertise to all its activities and entertainments. For example, the line hosts a Culinary Arts Center which is presented by Food & Wine Magazine; this is an onboard show kitchen where passengers can sign on to cooking classes and demonstrations from over 60 celebrity chefs. Passengers can also visit the Explorations Café which is in partnership with the New York Times, and there is a fantastic Digital Workshop run in conjunction with Windows.

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