After the success of its Virtual Voyage to Alaska in June, Holland America Line is once again setting sail on social media, taking its fans on a weeklong virtual cruise to Norway.
The Nieuw Statendam sets sail on Aug. 16, following the cruise company’s popular Norse Legends itinerary, bringing the experience to life on the brand’s Facebook page, as well as Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne’s Facebook page, with live events, scenic videos, vivid imagery and interactive activities.
Fans can join in the fun on Facebook throughout the day, starting with breakfast on the verandah or coffee at Grand Dutch Cafe leading up to an after-dinner performance from Step One Dance Company or viewing of the Midnight Sun. Each evening at “turn-down” service, the When & Where daily program will be posted on Facebook, outlining activities for the following day.
The Virtual Voyage to Norway sails roundtrip from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and will “make calls” at Eidfjord, Ålesund, Geiranger and Bergen. In port, Holland America Line will show off shore excursions and local customs, immersing fans in the country’s charming culture.
Videos of the scenic fjords and waterfalls of Norway are a highlight of the virtual experience. On select days, fans can join Wayne for engaging live events, including his popular Tuesday Trivia, Norwegian lessons, an Aquavit tasting, towel animal folding demonstration, cocktails with a local and a reading of a Norwegian children’s story.
Additional non-live, interactive activities include “coffee with the ship’s engineers,” a downloadable word search, Lincoln Center Stage performance of an Edvard Grieg piece (fun fact: the Norwegian composer is from Bergen), Port-to-Table recipes and more.
In addition to the Virtual Voyages to Alaska and Norway, Holland America Line continues to think of innovative ways to bring cruising to guests while operations are paused.
Through HAL@HOME, a virtual e-cruise initiative that began in March, fans can experience the brand’s award-winning onboard entertainment, culinary scene, destination highlights and more with cooking demonstrations, musical performances and enriching videos, all from the comfort of their computer.
HAL@HOME editions are released weekly, with plans for the series to continue through fall.
Examples include Culinary Council Member Ethan Stowell cooking spaghetti with garlic, chili and anchovy; O, The Oprah Magazine: Discover Your Best Life workbook; Lincoln Center Stage: Married musicians Kelley and Jesus perform “Concerto for Two Violins”; Talking Wine with James Suckling: Cork versus Screw Cap; Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff Makes a Blue Florida Cocktail; The Golden Age of Cruising; and Cooking with Master Chef Rudi Sodamin: Scallops and Citrus Salad.
‘Tuesday Trivia’ with Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne Carries on Tradition
An all-time favorite shipboard activity is trivia, with guests coming together to test their knowledge on a variety of topics. To fill the trivia void, Wayne has been hosting live weekly “Tuesday Trivia” sessions on his Facebook page since April, with thousands of fans tuning in each week to play along. Topics have ranged from food fun and world holidays to world landmarks and music. The Virtual Voyage trivia will center around Norway.
Sail on over to www.hollandamerica.com for more.