Take a peek at the 21 days of amazing music on The Jazz Cruise, Blue Note at Sea and The Smooth Jazz Cruise 19.1.
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Our Take:
Inside 21 Beautiful Days at Sea

We just completed The Smooth Jazz Cruise '19.1, the third leg of the Triple Crown of Jazz Cruising (The Jazz Cruise, Blue Note at Sea and The Smooth Jazz Cruise '19.1). They say that numbers don't lie, so let's take a quick peek at what happened during those 21 days from January 19 - February 9, 2019:
 
  • 21 days of cruising
 
  • 6,000+ guests entertained
 
  • 330 guests sailed back-to-back for a 2-week jazz vacation
 
  • Over 600 hours of music
 
  • Performances by musicians and vocalists who have received more than 100 Grammy Awards 
 
  • Hundreds of standing ovations
 
  • Thousands of very happy guests with memories of a great musical vacation at sea
 
The Smooth Jazz Cruise '19.1 hit the ground running last Saturday with co-host Boney James, followed by a Super Bowl Sunday highlighted by Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler. Monday night featured four highly honored performers: Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Lalah Hathaway and the man who makes most of our cruises hum, Marcus Miller. Dave and Lee performed with Lee's son, Wes, on drums and Marcus on bass. They were joined by the multi-talented Eric Marienthal for one of the highlight hours of the cruise.

Shows by Najee and Candy Dulfer were next, as well as Marcus' own show. All were amazing, original and well produced. And, of course, the amazing Brian Culbertson performed on "Dress Up Night," all leading up to the all-star show on the last night, produced by SXM's Watercolors.
 
Now it is time to go home for a few days and catch up with the real world. A gruesome thought. But all is not lost.  Next weekend I will be in Newport Beach, California, as a guest at Sue and Paul Lowden's West Coast Jazz Party. Many of our friends and musicians from The Jazz Cruise will be in attendance and I cannot wait to see them. It has been a couple of weeks since that cruise ended, but it seems much, much longer. 

Then it is time to go back to sea for The Smooth Jazz Cruise '19.2, the absolute final installment of the jazz cruises of Entertainment Cruise Productions for 2019. For those who joined us during that time, all I can say is thank you and I hope that you had as much fun and fulfillment on the cruise as we had producing them. I can still see all the faces, hear all the sounds and remember what it is like to be at sea with 2,000 amazing people each week.
 
I know that this is our business and we have to run it as such, but the jazz cruises are so much more to me, to our musicians and to our guests. Each cruise is a week where the good in all of us and the greatness of music shine through all other facets of life. They are truly wonderful episodes in our lives.

To the 6,000 or so guests who sailed with us these past three weeks, I say thank you for trusting us with your jazz vacation. It is a trust that we will never breach. And for the 2,000 guests eagerly awaiting The Smooth Jazz Cruise '19.2, we will be ready for another 7 great days of jazz.


Our Take is written by Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions. Feel free to express your views or pose questions to him at michael@ecpcruises.com.
 
Announcing the Complete Lineup for The Jazz Cruise '20!
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Though most of the musicians for The Jazz Cruise '20 were announced a few weeks ago, we are now in a position to announce the remaining members of the Big Band and All Stars

Also, we are honored to be adding Charles McPherson and his Quartet to the lineup of Performing Groups. This rare combination of talent and entertainer will add exciting spice to the cruise. Charles turns 80 later this year, so The Jazz Cruise '20 will be a celebration for him and our cruise.

CLICK HERE to see the full lineup for The Jazz Cruise '20 — WHERE THE STARS ARE!
CHECK OUT THE LINEUP!
 
2020 Jazz Cruise Programs 

Here is an updated rundown of the status of reservations for our 2020 Jazz Cruise Programs:
 

The Smooth Jazz Cruise '20.1  (OPEN BOOKING NOW — LIMITED STATEROOM OPTIONS REMAIN)

  • Sailing Dates: January 18 – 25, 2020.
  • Fewer than 20 staterooms with a veranda (Concierge Class, AquaClass, Veranda) remain.
  • Balance of remaining staterooms are Ocean View and Inside Staterooms.
  • Reservation Status: Open Booking. Anyone may reserve any available stateroom here.


Blue Note at Sea '20  (OPEN BOOKING STARTED FEBRUARY 5!)

  • Sailing Dates: January 25 – February 1, 2020.
  • Guests who sailed on Blue Note at Sea '19 may retain onboard rebooking benefits if their reservation is completed by February 28, 2019.
  • Open Booking for all began on February 5, 2019.
  • More information and the lineup are available here.


The Jazz Cruise '20  (OPEN BOOKING NOW — MORE THAN 65% SOLD!)

  • Sailing Dates: February 1 – 8, 2020.
  • Reservation Status: Open Booking. Anyone may reserve any available stateroom here.
  • Click here to check out the newly announced full lineup.


The Smooth Jazz Cruise '20.2  (FULLY SUBSCRIBED)

  • Sailing Dates: March 14 – 21, 2020.
  • All staterooms have been reserved.
  • Join the Waitlist here.
 
Catherine Russell Coming to Birdland in NYC
We're excited to have the stellar vocalist Catherine Russell sailing with us on The Jazz Cruise '20. Daughter of Louis Armstrong's longtime pianist/musical director Luis Russell and bassist/singer Carline Ray, Catherine was a back-up singer for many years with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne and other rock and pop acts. About a dozen years ago she released her debut album as a leader and hasn't looked back since.

You can see her perform Feb. 12-16 at Birdland in New York City.
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