Holland America Line, which hosts B.B. King's Blues Clubs on its ships, has released a statement expressing sympathy regarding the passing of the blues legend.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of blues legend B.B. King," the line said in a written release. "His incredible talent and passionate musical interpretations defined the blues for a worldwide audience.
"Through our partnership with B.B. King’s Blues Clubs, we have brought his music to our guests on board and will continue sharing his unique sounds and celebrating his life with this highly popular program. He was truly the ‘King of the Blues’ and an extraordinary man.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time."
B.B. King passed away peacefully in his sleep the evening of May 14. A public viewing is scheduled for Friday, May 22, from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Palm Mortuary West in Las Vegas.
Holland America Line has said it will continue its partnership with B.B. King’s Blues Club. Direct from Beale Street, the B.B. King All-Star Band — an eight-piece group featuring two vocalists backed by rhythm and horn sections — will perform six nights a week in the Queen’s Lounge or Crow’s Nest. Holland America Line currently offers the experience on Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam, Oosterdam and Rotterdam. It also will launch with Koningsdam in spring 2016.