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‘America’s Got Talent’ and Las Vegas sensation to play on five Caribbean sailings.



Seattle, Wash. (Dec. 3, 2012) — Holland America Line is featuring Recycled Percussion, a four-member band whose high-energy rock act involves ladders, buckets, power tools and electric guitars, on five Caribbean sailings on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Westerdam.


Recycled Percussion was the highest-placed non-singing act on “America’s Got Talent” and has enjoyed extended runs at both the MGM Grand and Tropicana in Las Vegas. Their fast-paced, highly interactive, audience-participation and family-friendly shows involve lots of drumming on objects ranging from 12-foot-tall ladders to low-tech drum kits suspended upside-down at center stage as well as sounds produced by household appliances (vacuum cleaners, fans) and power tools (circular saws, drills).


“Recycled Percussion currently is one of Las Vegas’ hottest acts, and we’re excited to bring them on board our ships,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “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 recently on the first of five exclusive Caribbean cruises they will perform on, sailing roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, and ms Westerdam on Nov. 25. Upcoming cruises include ms Westerdam on Dec. 9 and msNieuw Amsterdam on Dec. 16.


Upon entering the ship’s main show lounge, audience members receive a drumstick and a special instrument to join in creating the music and energy that has made Recycled Percussion Las Vegas’ most interactive act. The band showcases their extreme talents while featuring a variety of musical genres, from rock n’ roll to today’s hits.


To accommodate the show, Holland America installed the elaborate “Great Wall of Percussion,” a suspended 3,000-pound set that has four drum kits created from cans and recycled buckets. The band is strapped into seats at the drum kits and perform as the wall rotates from upright to upside-down.


For more information about Holland America Line’s cruises and CruiseTours, consult a professional travel seller, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or or the Plan a Cruise tab at


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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:  CCL and CUK)]

Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies.  One- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.


Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.



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