Click to enlargeRhythm And Blues Cruise


Dates: Oct. 4~11, 2014

Ports-of-Call: Ft. Lauderdale, FL roundtrip to Key West (1st weekend of Fantasy Fest), New Orleans (until 2am!) & Progreso, Mexico (closest port to Mayan Ruins)

Cruise Dates: OR Oct. 4~11, 2014

Los Angeles, CA roundtrip to Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan on the NCL Sun

World Blues - Taj Mahal Trio, Bassekou Kouyate & Deva Mahal w/ Fredericks Brown 
Los Lobos

Eric Burdon & the Animals

Elvin Bishop w/ Special Guest Roy Gaines

The Lowrider Band

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue

w/ Tommy Castro Band, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Deanna Bogart

Royal Southern Brotherhood

Ruthie Foster

Walter Trout

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Ronnie Baker Brooks (7-piece band)

Janiva Magness

The Mannish Boys Revue w/ Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos 
Trampled Under Foot

Bernard Allison

Johnny Rawls Soul Revue

Colin James (Canada) 
Curtis Salgado / Lloyd Jones Duo

Doug MacLeod

Carolyn Wonderland

California Honeydrops

Dennis Jones

The 44′s

Eden Brent (Piano Bar Host)

Leon Blue (Piano Bar Host)

Deanna Bogart (Piano Bar Host)

Scottie Miller (Piano Bar Host)

Steve Willis (Piano Bar Host)

Tim Williams (’14 Blues Foundation IBC Winner) Randy Oxford (Jam Host)

What Exactly Is Rhythm And Blues Cruise?

It’s not Disney World. It’s about people relaxing, enjoying themselves, and spending time with others who enjoy the same kind of music as they do. It’s amazing how people can really connect through the Blues and R&B. Every year you can set your clock by it.

- Taj Mahal, Multi-Grammy Award Winner

What Happens On The Cruise?

The bands on the ship have a week at sea to share memories, exchange lore from the road, kick back… and join each other on stage. Blues Cruisers have witnessed dream jam sessions and combos on these ships over the years, and the memories just keep building.

The late-night jamming scene on the cruise is almost a separate world unto itself, appealing to the more extreme cruisers who don’t mind going without sleep in order to hear their favorite artists really stretch out on the music and improvising under the night sky. Remember, if ya snooze, ya lose!

What type of activities happen during the Rhythm And Blues Cruise?

I’ve never seen so many diehard blues fans in one place at one time. People are crazy about the music and that’s the way it should be! My first blues cruise – I like watching all the other bands, just hanging out with the other musicians and the people that we never get to see hardly and then you end up seeing them for seven days straight which is kind of rare for us for that long of time. If you are totally into the blues and don’t mind listening to music and hanging out all night long, this is definitely for you. I’m glad we’re going back. It’s a wonderful time of year. February is the worst winter month of the year. Going to the Caribbean during that time is definitely a big plus for me.

- Shemekia Copeland

What Are The Cost For This Cruise

What’s the best way to cap a wee-hours jam in the Piano Bar? By kicking back with your morning coffee midship with the cool sea breeze blowing through your hair… right?

Not on THIS cruise!

No, this ship starts rocking early. Spotlights have included ”Boogie Woogie” Piano Extravaganzas, Harmonica Workshops, Songwriters’ Discussions, Guitar Workshops, Drums & Percussion Gatherings… even New Orleans Cultural Workshops and Storytelling. This all happens well before noon, and much like Legendary’s Pro Jams, it’s not uncommon to see a host of headliners and star sidemen line the stage for a unique introspective on the minds, methods, and techniques behind the Rhythm & Blues genre.

  • Accommodations on board the ship (7-nights)
  • Port Charges & Government Taxes
  • Meals, Snacks, and Most Beverages
  • 24-Hour Complimentary Room Service & Pizzeria
  • Use of Ship Facilities (Three Pools, Six Whirlpools,
  • Fitness Center, Salon, Spa, Casino, Library, Duty-Free Shopping Mall)
  • Private Event Pass which includes:
  • Meet & Greet Reception
  • Gift Bag
  • Concert Tickets
  • “Fun In The Son” Activities featuring Karaoke
  • Theme Parties with a special guest DJ
  • Comedy Show
  • Sunday Praise & Worship
  • Seminars by Guest Speakers
  • Fitness Classes

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