THE RHYTHM AND BLUES CRUISE 2014
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)
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
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
Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
Ronnie Baker Brooks (7-piece band)
The Mannish Boys Revue w/ Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos
Trampled Under Foot
Johnny Rawls Soul Revue
Colin James (Canada)
Curtis Salgado / Lloyd Jones Duo
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
“Fun In The Son” Activities featuring Karaoke
Theme Parties with a special guest DJ
Sunday Praise & Worship
Seminars by Guest Speakers