Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC just completed two amazing sailings, probably the best ever, of its two venerable jazz programs, The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise. Both sailings were held for the first time on Holland America’s m/s Eurodam, one of their newer ships. It afforded our Guests a fabulous Asian restaurant, breathtaking views from a new bar area and a host of other new amenities. These elements, combined with near-perfect weather, set the stage for fabulous cruises.
And the stage was indeed set for some of the world’s most entertaining and dynamic jazz performers. The Smooth Jazz Cruise, led by Marcus Miller and David Sanborn and supported by stars Boney James, Brian Culbertson and Candy Dulfer, showcased an all-star lineup of smooth jazz Artists for a week of terrific music and fun. Highlighted by the induction ceremony for Marcus’ and Wayman Tisdale’s entry into the SiriusXM Watercolors Jazz Hall of Fame, the cruise also featured the annual Gospel Show, parties at the pool, nightly star-studded shows and so much more. If rebooking is a measure of success, then this cruise was an “over the top” sensation, as all cabins for the January 2015 sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise were sold by the third day of the cruise, prompting us to pull together a March sailing of the same (or nearly the same) cruise.
The Jazz Cruise ’14, much anticipated by jazz fans worldwide, was a rousing success as well. The elegance of the new ship was the perfect backdrop to seven days and nights of superb music, featuring the very best straight-ahead jazz players in the world. Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Dick Hyman and Freddy Cole were the legends of the cruise, with Bill Charlap, Randy Brecker, Clayton Brothers, Jeff Hamilton, Kurt Elling, Nnenna Freelon, John Pizzarelli and Benny Green following closely in their footsteps. The young lions Gregory Porter, Gerald Clayton,
Tommy Igoe and Marcus Miller rounded out the headliners, along with our usual staple of stars.
Music Director Shelly Berg expertly created the program, while John Fedchock led the all-star big band and Ken Peplowski added his jazz acumen and sense of humor tocreate a moving triute to the theme of the cruise, Jazz Around the World. Once again, using cabin sales as the marker, this cruise was a rousing success. -- Jazz Cruises Newletter February 2014
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