The Blues Cruise

The Blues Cruise


Dates: Feb. 4-11, 2018

Ship: The Ms Koningsdam (Holland America Cruise Line)

Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Road Town, Tortola, BV,

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  • Buddy Guy
  • Taj Mahal Blues Cruise
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Tab Benoit
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Willie Clayton
  • Walter Trout
  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Kenny Neal Band feat. Tyree Neal
  • Ronnie Baker Brooks
  • Trampled Under Foot (Reunion)
  • Commander Cody Band
  • Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler, Victor Wainwright,
  • JP Soars
  • Colin James
  • Jon Cleary & Absolute Monster Gentlemen
  • Legendary Il Sont Partis Band (Buckwheat Zydeco Band)
  • Deanna Bogart Band
  • Zac Harmon
  • Nellie Tiger Travis
  • Marquise Knox
  • Quinn Sullivan
  • Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnakes
  • Vasti Jackson (Acoustic)
  • Nathan James (Solo)
  • Dawn Tyler Watson ('17 IBC Band Winners)
  • 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.

    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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