Seattle, June 16, 2009 â€” 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 Lineâ€™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.
â€œBeing a premium cruise line means offering our guests premium enrichment experiences, and the line-up for the Grand World Voyage is top-notch,â€ said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. â€œTo have a journalist as respected as Sam Donaldson and entertainers as talented as Doc Severinsen puts our enrichment program at the top of the cruise industry.â€
Sam Donaldson scheduled to cruise spring Grand World Voyage segment in late March
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 current events.
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 â€œWorld News Sunday.â€ Donaldson also has hosted â€œPrime Time Liveâ€ and â€œThe Sam Donaldson Show â€” Live in Americaâ€ on ABC radio. He is the recipient of three George Foster Peabody and four Emmy awards. Today, he hosts his own half-hour program, â€œPolitics Live,â€ on the high-definition digital network â€œABC News Now.â€
Kitty Kelley scheduled to cruise Grand World Voyage segment in late January
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. Kellyâ€™s book, â€œNancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biographyâ€ sold one million copies in hardback and became the fastest selling biography in U.S. publishing history. Her other biographies, â€œElizabeth Taylor: The Last Star,â€ â€œHis Wayâ€ about Frank Sinatra and â€œJackie Oh!â€ 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 Voyage segment
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 year.
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 â€œTonight Showâ€ band. The conductor asked him to join that band in 1962, and five years later, Severinsen took over Carsonâ€™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 worldâ€™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 â€œLive From Lincoln Center,â€ and a nationwide radio show, and National Public Radio’s â€œPerformance Todayâ€ 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 CafÃ© â€” powered by the New York Times â€” allows guests to stay connected via the Internet or simply relax, listen to music and have a lattÃ©.
The lineâ€™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 Lineâ€™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.