Getting Ready for Alaska cruise on Holland America

I am really getting charged up now about my upcoming press trip on MS Zuiderdam to Alaska (see link below for image and info).  My other half is in a dither about whether to wear black tie (I think the Americans say ‘tuxedo’?) or a dark suit.  Suit is easier to pack so that is obvious choice plus, we have been advised, that Alaska, as a destination, is quite casual which influences dress code.  But most excited about seeing the wildlife in Alaska.  On day 2 we will be taking a whale watching and citizen science adventure in Juneau which should be fab.  Day after that is Skagway and helicopter to the glacier, hiking trip and then ride on the White Pass and Yukon railway.  Much more to come but will keep you all fully posted.;jsessionid=y2URTF3XaHplSvgruYTcXQ**.node

Allure of the Seas and Chicago: The Musical

 Allure of the Seas is going to host Chicago: The Musical as its latest Tony Award Winning Broadway show when the ship lauches this December.  If I can find out who the cast members are, I will report it here.  The Amber Theatre will have a proscenium arch and the amount of space on stage to do the show justice.  Allure of the Seas is the sister ship of Oasis of the Seas which has been sailing now for just under one year. 

Here is the latest press release on entertainment onboard Allure of the Seas:

“Allure of the Seas will feature an unbelievable line-up of new entertainment options that will dazzle and delight guests of all ages,” said Lisa Bauer, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Chicago: The Musical will become the second Tony Award-winning musical that Royal Caribbean International debuts at sea and tops the list of award-winning entertainment created by our own Royal Caribbean Productions team.”

Fans will find that Allure of the Seas’ version of Chicago includes the same infamous cast of characters and one show-stopping-song after another, weaving together a universal tale of fame, fortune and ‘all that jazz’, with the production condensed slightly to fit an approximate run time of 90 minutes.

 “We’re very excited at the opportunity to partner with Royal Caribbean International, and we look forward to entertaining even more guests each week with the story of Chicago,” said Barry Weissler, Producer of Chicago: The Musical on Broadway. 

While Chicago: The Musical is the first production announced for Allure of the Seas, many more world-class entertainment options will be available for guests to enjoy at the wide variety of venues found shipwide. These include a spectacle of music, dance and aerial acrobatics called Blue Planet that also will run in the Amber Theatre; OceanAria, a signature aquatic production in the ship’s open-air AquaTheatre, fusing high dive thrills with dramatic aerial choreography; an ice show extravaganza planned for the ship’s ice-skating rink, Studio B; spectacular and colourful parades in the Royal Promenade; and everything else in between, from jazz performances to comedy.  

 A new webisode about Chicago: The Musical aboard Allure of the Seas is now playing at