The New Holland America show takes place behind the scenes on board

“A City on the Sea” visits areas like the engine room and city staples like the laundry, bakery, restaurants, theater, grocery store, and hardware store.

Presented on the world stage

A storytelling event presented on the HAL Ship World Stage, “A City on the Sea” lifts the curtain on cruise ship operations through video footage and immersive interviews. Presented with live narration by the cruise director, who is joined by the captain and other crew members, the show takes the audience behind closed doors and introduces the people who call Holland America ships their home away from at their home.

“We thought a lot about how we can make this show a transformative moment where the complexity of running a floating city becomes a celebration of the human spirit and all that we are capable of accomplishing,” said Michael Smith, SVP Guest Experience. and product development, Holland America Line.

Team Member Stories

Engineers, medical staff, musicians and cabin attendants describe the challenges and opportunities of working on a cruise ship, while a captain explains how he sees himself as the mayor of the “town”. Audiences will meet team members who have a friendship that spans decades and hear from a tailor whose family relationship with HAL spans generations.

“A City on the Sea” is a daytime presentation debuting on Rotterdam’s current transatlantic voyage. It will be offered on all cruises across the entire fleet from early 2023.

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