Take a bunch of insanely talented smooth jazz artists, their devoted fans, and put them on a cruise ship for eight days sailing to the Caribbean. Yes, please.
The Smooth Jazz Cruise — now in its 12th year with 17 sailings — is one of the most popular ways to party at sea. Not only do guests enjoy all the amenities Holland America has to offer — food, drinks, swimming pools, spas, ever-changing views — but they also get to mingle with their favorite smooth jazz artists. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill musicians, either. They’re huge names in the industry.
In past cruises, fans have partied with George Benson, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Tower of Power, and Keiko Matsui. Many of these artists have returned time and time again, too.
The January 11-18 sail is already sold out. Now’s the time to book a veranda or outside cabin (203 left) for the March 1-8 sail out of Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Half Moon Cay.
The lineup includes special guest Natalie Cole; music hosts Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, and Boney James; special event hosts Candy Dulfer and Brian Culbertson; artists Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Joe Sample, Peter White, and DW3; featured performers Marc Antoine, Chance Howard, Grace Kelly, Eric Marienthal, Michael “Patches” Stewart, Tom Braxton, and Elan Trotman.
Not a weak link in the bunch. Quite a few are Grammy winners, several times over. The daughter of the great 1950s crooner, Natalie Cole set the gold standard, crossing every musical boundary with a string of her own hits since the 1970s.
Marcus Miller is quite possibly one of the best electric bassists out there, and one of the last to collaborate with Miles Davis on the album Tutu.
David Sanborn survived polio at three years of age to become one of the most well-known jazz saxophonists around, amassing six Grammys, eight gold records, and a platinum album.
Boney James reinvigorated the smooth jazz genre with an infusion of contemporary, genre-crossing and edgy young artists, most notably on his latest album, The Beat — with R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn and spoken word performer The Floacist.
Every night is a dance party. Call (888) 852-9987 for more info.