Entertainment Cruise Productions sadly announces that Diana Krall will not be able to sail with us on the upcoming sailing of The Signature Jazz Cruise due to health reasons. Her personal physician has advised that she is unable to travel long distances, perform concerts or otherwise engage in the strenuous activities related to international touring at this time.
We know that all of our guests and us as well, have been looking forward to this amazing event for many months now and there are no words that can adequately express our emotions or disappointment. Always a great cruise on its own, the inclusion of Diana Krall made this cruise, as we liked to say “Beyond Perfect”. We wish her a speedy recovery and we are discussing now her ability to sail with us on future cruise programs.
Since learning of this unfortunate turn of events, with the assistance of Krall’s representatives, almost miraculously we have been able to secure Grammy® winner and International Trumpeter Chris Botti and his entire touring show to perform on those dates. Chris will join us in San Remo and perform nightly for the last 4 nights of the cruise, just as Ms. Krall was scheduled to do. Joining Chris on the cruise will be Billy Kilson (drums), Richard Goods (bass), Geoffrey Keezer (Piano), Leonardo De Souza (guitar), Andrew Erzin (Keys), Lucia Micarelli (Violin), Syretha Smith (vocals) and George Komsky (vocals).
Our attraction to Chris Botti is evidenced by the fact that he was to have been our lead guest for next year’s sailing of The Signature Jazz Cruise. In essence, he is arriving one year early and we are so excited that he will be joining us. Having seen his show over the years, I can honestly say that Chris’s show is one of the best musical experiences in the world. The talent of his band and complementary performers is at the highest level and there is no better host than Chris. He is the consummate performer, reverent of the history of jazz and the best example of current stars performing the American songbook and the music of the world.
For those who are participating in the Barcelona Post Cruise package, we will be substituting a private dinner with entertainment for the October 10 evening activity. All of the balance of that package remains intact.
On a personal note, our goal at Entertainment Cruise Productions is always to present the very best cruise experience in the world and to live up to and surpass any and all representations that we make. That we are unable to present Diana Krall is disappointing to us in so many ways. That we are able to create a situation that allowed a superstar, such as Chris Botti, to take her place in such a short period of time and so close to our sailing date is something that we are very proud of, indeed.
We look forward to seeing you onboard and we remain dedicated to making this cruise the most amazing cruise ever.
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