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What kind of entertainment are you looking for after dinner?

Does it matter to you if they discontinued having the show every evening after dinner? Do you always go? Sometimes? Never?
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What kind of entertainment are you looking for after dinner?

Does it matter to you if they discontinued having the show every evening after dinner? Do you always go? Sometimes? Never?
Our favorite shows are production and vocalists. they can take the magicians and drop them off at any port. Not really being in to intrumentals I don't care are piano players etc but DH does.

We do enjoy going to hear the music at a piano bar and having a drink.

would I care if they discontinued the nightly entertainment? You bet I would. We may not go every night, but certainly wouldn't want a week or ten days, perhaps longer on a ship with nothing at night except the casino.
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On HAL I was the guy they pulled up on stage to dodge the juggling act.
Had a ball!!
I'll always make time for a show.
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Yes--we normally go to the shows. The lesser acts such as comedians, etc. --sometimes we do and sometimes we don't but in general we enjoy the entertainment.
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I go to all the shows, have only missed one. I decided that it didn't look interesting. Turns out my tablemates were raving about the performer the next night at dinner.

I've found that HAL's descriptions of the performances aren't always the most appealing or accurate. I've been to shows that turned out to be nothing like what was described in the daily activity sheet. Usually the shows are better than the description.

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We love the shows on board. As nmnita posted, we aren't too crazy about the magicians.

Would not like it at all if the stopped having them.

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Hey,,what else have you got to do????? I go to them all. I always cruise with a group of my friends, my DW nevers goes except for the last one of the cruise so I usually go with others from my group.
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Don't miss the crew show! 8)
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We go to most of the evening shows. We like the solo singers and musicians best. The "Production Shows" are not my favorite. I wouldn't like it if they discontinued the evening shows.
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Ah, Holland America Entertainment...

I "might have" mentioned i worked as a stage manager for Holland America, so I saw a LOT of the shows. But mind you, this was 14 years ago, so they were different.

I left just as their new head of entertainment, Bill Prince, was coming in. The previous shows were cute and I enjoyed them, but they were small on razzle-dazzle. In the late 90s HAL made a big investment in getting Bob Mackie to design many of their gowns for the productions shows.

OK, I thought this was nice, but when i saw the show I thought, why spend money on gowns instead of talent? The shows were very repetitive, and I thought they were not in keeping with what HAL people would like.

First of all, all they were was costume changes, and then the dancers would come out and do all the same dance steps. The choreography was very repetitive. I also disliked thr fact that the whole show was like an hour-long medley, no single song lasting more than one verse or chorus.

The pacing was all too fast, flashing lights, costume changes, song changes, every 15 seconds. Like watching MTV if you know what I mean - attention deficit theater.

Anyway - the LAST show I saw on HAL in 2004 was the best I had seen yet, honestly. They finally got the pacing under control and I enjoyed it.

No, other than the production shows, I recall the pianists: Elliot Finkel and Pearl Kaufman. There was also a magician called "Marlin" I worked with a lot.

I like the magicians and jugglers, usually. I dislike the ventriloquists. There was one young man who I thought turned his act into a political statement about being gay a little too much. I mean, every ventriloquist has the usual "woodpecker" joke, but his was a little too suggestive, if you get my drift.

My favorye was a comedian named Don Sherman. So many funny cruise jokes that I think he wrote because I had never heard them brfore.

"the best room stewards anywhere! I got up last night to go to the bathroom, I came back and my bed was made."

Anyway.........
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I attend most every show. I like to see the performers. My DW isn't too fond of the comedians, jugglers, and that sort of show. But I like 'em.

I think it's important that something be offered every night. HAL seems to mix up the types quite well, so everybody can find something to enjoy.
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Well, where most say they go to the show, DH and I are on the other side of the scale. In all honesty I can't remember back to what cruise we did see a show. We have been doing 3 to 4 cruises a year and to us the entertainment get's to all be the same. Maybe living in Las Vegas also changes how we think about the shows. Now if there was a speacial act like Joel Mason who does Elton John, we definitely would not miss it but the usualy production shows, magicians etc does not interest us. We also do not like crowded areas so we much rather go sit in the Explorer's Lounge, have a after dinner drink and listen to the music they often offer there. Other times we like to just walk around the ship then go back to our cabin and sit out on the verandah and listen to the ocean.
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For us, it all depends on what has been going on the rest of the day.

If we've been busy with shopping, tours, underwater activities, or other excursions then we are more apt to not go to the show.

HAL shows are an unknown to us, but I have no doubt but that they are like the offerings on NCL...our only other cruise-line experience. In that case, one we really liked, the other it was hard to not get up in the middle of and leave.

If shows were to totally vanish... yes they would be missed. It's nice to have a choice after dinner, either to be festive and join an audience or to just keep it quiet in a lounge listening to piano.
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What about the theme cruises, has anyone ever seen any of these on a Holland America cruise? I hear they have done big band cruises in the past, anyone ever see one?

What about enrichment speakers? Who is the best you have ever seen on Holland America?
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The best enrichment speaker I've seen is a lady names Lisa Didier. She did several talks on pirates that were fascinating. What I enjoyed most were her talks on old time famous madams. Great stuff.

I love the productions shows. As a singer in another life I love to see new talent budding on stage. I like most of the shows except for the ventriloquists and shows featuring instrumentalists.
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As a musician, I am not a fan of piano music, and HAL used to feature pianists quite frequently. I worked so many Pearl Kaufman shows ( she did Rhapsody in Blue on the American Airlines commercial - the oooooonly way to fly.). At least they were easy shows, though. Lights up, Light down.

But piano to me is the least expressive instrument, plink plink plink, a HEAVY PLINK or a light plink.

Now a violin, or a saxophone, oboe or clarinet - those instruments have character. You can bend notes, make them squeal or sing, honk or trill.

But a piano is just plink, plink, plink. Reading this message is even boring you isn't it? That's piano music for you.

(just my crazy personal opinion - sorry piano lovers, I know you are out there).
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[quote="crusin' fool"]The best enrichment speaker I've seen is a lady names Lisa Didier. She did several talks on pirates that were fascinating. What I enjoyed most were her talks on old time famous madams. Great stuff.[quote]

There has been a series on A&E about pirates of the Caribbean lately - an excellent factual show - very detailed.

My favorite guest speaker was John Maxtone Graham talking about liners and the Titanic.
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I usually have good intentions to go to one of entertainment venues every evening...sometimes the main theater, but not always. I make it about 1/2 of the time! And yes, I would be disappointed if the shows were discontinued.
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What about the theme cruises, has anyone ever seen any of these on a Holland America cruise? I hear they have done big band cruises in the past, anyone ever see one?

What about enrichment speakers? Who is the best you have ever seen on Holland America?
We were on Volendam's Big Band Cruise October 2005 and had a blast. It was wonderful. When we booked the cruise, it was specifically to cruise with an officer we knew would be aboard. When we realized it was a Big Band cruise, we thought, Oh well......we'll try to stay out of their way. Once aboard, we totally enjoyed the music every night in Crows Nest. Lots of dancing. Wonderful.



Paul......you reference that you began your work with HAL shows 14 years ago. Did you work with Fiesta Fantastica in those days? Joe Israel?


We had the opportunity to meet Bill Prince at Noordam's Dedication.
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It's funny because when I worked as a stage manager we would do all kinds of shows that took hours of rehearsal, very talented singers, dancers, players or magic acts...

And everytime we did the crew show, which was just the waiters singing songs like Ave Maria, often in a pretty flat voice, or doing an Elvis imitation, plus some actually interesting but very repetitive Indonesian dancing, I would always hear someone say "that was the best show they put on yet."

OK, I understand why, because it is different and showcases their own room stewards and waiters, but after I had seen it dozens and times, and thought about all the work that goes into the production shows, to hear that comment every week just made me laugh.
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Maybe it's because we see production shows all the time. Television is full of them, and local venues produce them. The crew shows are unique.

Truth be known, most of us probably would not make an effort to attend such a show at home. (Many ethnic groups/nationalities have celebrations during the year in many locales.) But it's offered on ship and we figure we may as well attend to see what it's all about.

Surprise! We are impressed with their efforts. While lacking in production value, the heart shines through as these wonderful Indonesian and Filipino crew members proudly show off their heritage.

If you've never taken advantage of their show, you really should. Yes, it's late ... and you may watch it later on TV ... but it's well worth your time, and gives them a tremendous boost.
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I go most of the time, rarely miss one unless is something I just don't want to see, but you usually find decent entertainment after dinner.
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I avoid them like the plague. Honestly, I have such a fun time doing other things that the thought of getting trapped in the theatre is not something I look forward to. So I skip the big production shows unless I am forced to go! I saw a Rock and Roll Through the Ages one on NCL- the set design actually had styrofoam balls with nicks and dents in them that were the cheesiest thing ever- and when the dancers danced like robots to "Domo Arigoto Mister Roboto" from the 80's? We were dying laughing at that point. Carnival- surprisingly, a Rock and Roll Through the Ages and PLACES theme. This would be "Uptown Girls" with a cutting edge Grease-type of dancing/costumes, then some kind of LAME California thing...

VERY BAD.

That being said, NCL had the Second City Comedy troupe- they did improv that was quite good.

Last month on the Noordam I skipped every single show but the crew show- it was good.
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The Star Lady was my favorite. She not only did presentations several days, but she also hosted "Meet the Star Lady" sessions in one of the lounges some afternoons. There you could ask her questions about astronomy, the planets, the stars ... whatever. Then she also did late night sessions out on the sports deck ... where she helped people with stargazing. This was on a Hawaii/South Pacific itinerary and she was so well received that the passengers all demanded that she stay on to the South Pacific. She was supposed to get off in Hawaii.

I go to some of the production shows, but not all of them. Just watching those singers and dancers makes me tired. They are such a bundle of energy. I spent a day with most of the Amsterdam cast in Oahu in January of 2006. They had done a show the night before ... two shows to be exact ... and bright and early the next morning, they are out on the dock with me waiting for a van from Skydive Hawaii to pick us up. We spent a day at the drop zone and all made some awesome tandem skydives. Well, by the time we got back to the ship, I was ready for a nap. Adrenilene does that to me. But them? They were off to experience Wakiki's night life.

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Not a show, per se, but John Maxtone Graham's commentary on the history of cruising was very much appreciated by DW and me. We also would rate Joel Mason's shows very high. We do attend most of the production shows, but the jugglers, and comedians can be either very enjoyable or not so. The magicians are usually pretty good, and HAL had an excellent one in James Cielen.

Since we are not late nighters, but usually opt for the later dining, I would be much happier if HAL would flip-flop the dining and shows, and do an early show before the later dinner.
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Since we are not late nighters, but usually opt for the later dining, I would be much happier if HAL would flip-flop the dining and shows, and do an early show before the later dinner.
Sometimes they do. Several times on my cruise last October, the late diners had their show before dinner and the early diners had their show as late diners were eating.

I find that the late diners have it better as far as being able to get better seats for the show. The early show is generally packed and if you don't get to the theater about 20 minutes to a half hour before the show starts, you're screwed as far as getting a decent seat. My cabinmate and I would have went to more shows on that cruise, but several times got to the theater and couldn't find a seat to save our lives ... even if we were willing to split up. A couple of times we wound up sitting on those bar stools near the very back of the theater. Those stools are bolted to the floor and very, very uncomfortable. Both times we ended up walking out long before the show was over.

But late seating folks have it much easier as I guess a lot decide not to go to the show. You can always find at least a half-way decent seat ... even if you get there right before it is ready to start.

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We really dont bother with the shows much. To us, dinner is the main event for the evening. We enjoy eating late and slowly. We will sometimes try to catch a comedian and we totally enjoyed the Elton John impersonator on Zuiderdam. After dinner, we usually head for the piano bar, the casino or dancing in the crows nest. If the weather is nice, we really enjoy spending a quiet evening on our veranda with some wine.

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I love the shows. except when they have the broadway type shows
i don't care for dancing. magic, comedy,singing are my favourite
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I attend some shows. Those that I see are usually good. My expectations are not very high. I am only looking for a little entertainment. The only shows that I would not consider attending or comedians. It just isn't my cup of tea.
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I attend some shows. Those that I see are usually good. My expectations are not very high. I am only looking for a little entertainment. The only shows that I would not consider attending or comedians. It just isn't my cup of tea.
It is funny how we all have different ideas: comedians are my first choice, followed by good singers and the musical productions. What I don't like are the magicians. NMnita
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