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While sailing into placid blue-green Caribbean waters last January, The Smooth Jazz Cruise encountered a tidal wave of demand for cabins for the 2015 sailing. On just the second day of the 2014 venture, next year’s cruise sailing January 11-18, 2015 showcasing more than twenty of the brightest stars in contemporary jazz and R&B sold out. To make sure that no one would be left stranded ashore, cruise producer Entertainment Cruise Productions, working with cruise line Holland America and the enthusiastic cooperation of the artists and musicians, swiftly put together a solution to rescue the lengthy waiting list of enthusiasts from all over the world eager to be part of the luxurious musical vacation adventure. Six days later, The Smooth Jazz Cruise 15.2 sailing March 1-8, 2015 was conceived.

Spending a week at sea performing, meeting and hanging out with fans aboard Holland America’s m/s Eurodam while visiting exotic Caribbean ports during the traditional January time slot fits nicely into the musicians’ schedules because most don’t tour or release new albums immediately after the holiday season, but rounding up everyone six weeks later in March, including such Grammy winners, legends and chart-toppers as Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Joe Sample, Peter White and many others, could have been difficult.

“We called all the artists’ agents and managers and they were happy to hear about the unprecedented demand so everyone was ready and willing to sign up immediately,” said Entertainment Cruise Productions’ Executive Director Michael Lazaroff of the cruise that will depart Fort Lauderdale and visit Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island Half Moon Cay. “The Smooth Jazz Cruise is simply the best entertainment in the world of smooth jazz. No other festival or event can boast this level and depth of talent, fun and excitement. As it’s affectionately known, it is ‘The Greatest Party at Sea.’”

Capturing the unique spirit of the perennially sold-out cruise that many guests embark upon year after year has been a bit of a challenge as well. Offering live music plus DJ Biz Markie in six different venues large and intimate on top of informative panels, theme parties and autograph sessions with the artists, it is more than a music festival and more than backstage experiences with fan favorites. It is more than a vacation in the Caribbean with a dazzling array of amenities and delectable dining. It is more than a week of pampering during which everyone is treated first class by the Holland America staff. For the past twelve years on 17 full-ship charters, The Smooth Jazz Cruise has delivered unforgettable music and lifestyle experiences. Something special happens when passionate guests devote the entire week to being immersed in the music. A new video clip that provides a glimpse into the magic that occurs on every sailing is as close as one can get without leaving shore. It can be viewed at http://www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com/Videos/PreCruise2015.

To reserve a cabin for The Smooth Jazz Cruise, call toll-free 888.852.9987 in the U.S. and Canada and 800.852.99872 internationally. Additional information is available at http://www.TheSmoothJazzCruise.com.

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC

The world leader in full-ship charter music cruises, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (ECP) owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com), and is proud to partner with Time Life for the Soul Train Cruise (www.soultraincruise.com), Malt Shop Memories Cruise (www.maltshopcruise.com), The Country Music Cruise (www.countrymusiccruise.com) and The Signature Jazz Cruise on Seabourn (www.signaturejazzcruise.com). Pleasing guests is Entertainment Cruise Productions’ most important goal and objective while providing luxurious vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective music genres in an extraordinary setting for devoted passengers, many of whom make the fun and exciting cruises an annual affair. Additional information is available at http://www.ecpcruises.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

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Charm City Jazz Presents The Summer Moonlight Jazz & Party Cruise

Live Smooth Jazz/// R&B/// Old Skool Featuring Phaze II

Friday, July 25, 2014

Boarding 9:30pm // Returning 1:00am

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$59 (Includes Hot Buffet & Concert)

Spirit Cruises, 561 Light St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

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Smooth Jazz New York is pleased to announce a star-studded line up for the All New Smooth Cruise series , now in its 17th year. The 2014 season marks a change to a new boat, The Hornblower Infinity, a luxurious 210-foot luxury yacht.

The cruises set sail Thursday evenings, June 12 through August 28. The summer’s roster includes 11 nights featuring 19 of the world’s greatest contemporary jazz acts in a superb, intimate setting with shows at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. The Smooth Cruises depart from Pier 40, located at Houston Street at the West Side Highway and cruise down the Hudson, not only offering exceptional music but breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.

“We’re very excited about our new cruise night and new boat. The Hornblower Infinity is a much larger ship than past years, offering our guests improved sightlines to view an amazing array of acts. It’s a fresh twist to our annual tradition of presenting the world’s best contemporary jazz out on scenic Hudson harbor,” notes Bill Zafiros, co-founder of Smooth Jazz New York.

The 2014 Smooth Cruise Schedule:
June 12: Jazz Attack feat. Peter White, Euge Groove, & Rick Braun
June 26: Patti Austin and Marion Meadows
July 3: Pieces of a Dream
July 10: Najee
July 17: David Sanborn
July 24: Will Downing with special guest talent
July 31: Love & Soul Tour feat. Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown, & Alex Bugnon
August 7: Maysa
August 14: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with special guests Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, & Mindi Abair
August 21: Rachelle Ferrell
August 28: Boney James

Recently remodeled with a bold design, the Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises. The open bow, covered sky deck, and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Smooth Cruise attendees will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks.

The Smooth Cruises offer food and beverage service at an additional charge. A buffet dinner may be purchased for an additional $25, cash bar. Limited Deluxe Packages are available featuring a separate boarding line, a premium buffet on a private dining deck, and a premium open bar.

For information and to purchase tickets, visit SmoothJazzNewYork.com. Tickets are on sale now online at Ticketweb.com and by phone at 1-866-468-7619. Ticket prices range from $45 to $65. See individual show pages on the Smooth Jazz New York web site for ticket details, package pricing, and available limited time discounts. It is recommended that tickets be purchased early because the Smooth Cruises sell out quickly.

Hudson River Park, Pier 40, 353 West St, New York, NY 10014

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Sailing from Fort Lauderdale to:

Costa Rica
Panama
The Cayman Islands

Line-up includes Jonathan Butler; Kirk Whalum; War; Euge Groove; Anthony David; Spyro Gyra; Cameo; Jazz in Pink featuring Gail Jhonson, Karen Briggs, Althea Rene, Lynne Fiddmont & Robin Bramlett; Fourplay; Goapele; Urban Jazz Coalition, Raheem DeVaughn; Ruben Studdard, Naturally 7, Lalah Hathaway, special appearance by Patti LaBelle; special performance by Dallas Black Dance Theatre; special guest Gospel artist Mary Mary; special guest comedian Sinbad; musical hosts Gerald Veasley, Eric Roberson & Joey Sommerville.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 – 4:00 pm

Pier in Fort Lauderdale

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Boarding begins at 6pm with a 6:30pm departure.

Parking is metered until 6pm at the Clearwater Marina.

Cruise is scheduled from 6:30 until 9pm

Departs from the Clearwater Marina, 25 Causeway Blvd., Slip 58, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 (West end of S.R. 60)

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Join us for our new Afternoon cruise event! Food and music abroad the Spirit of Carolina.

Imagine an afternoon filled with extraordinary experiences, the beautiful views of the city from the water, sipping a cool drink while cruising on the gentle waves of Charleston Harbor! Enjoy a music set by International recording artist, Alex Bugnon! A Meet and Greet/CD Signing is set to follow the show.

Boarding begins at 1130am. Cruise departs promptly at 12 noon and will return to the dock at 2pm.

The show is scheduled for the lower level of the boat, and food on the upper deck. Seating is available for all who purchase tickets.

*Please be sure to bring a sweater or coat if you tend to chill easily.

*Because there are stairs leading to the upper decks, ladies, we encourage low heels or flat shoes.

2014 Lowcountry Jazz Festival Afternoon Cruise with Alex Bugnon

QUESTIONS? call 704- 277-7154

Sunday August 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Boarding at:

Aquarium Wharf, 360 Concord St., Charleston, SC 29401

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The feedback we requested about a possible second sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015 has been received … and your support was loud and clear!

We are proud to confirm that The Smooth Jazz Cruise will sail twice in 2015. Our Second-Chance Sailing lineup is patterned after the original SJC ’15 lineup and features Music Hosts Marcus Miller and David Sanborn and Special Event Hosts Boney James and Candy Dulfer, with a special performance by legendary vocalist and multiple Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole. Of course, it wouldn’t be The Greatest Party at Sea without jazz favorites Brian Culbertson, Jonathan Butler, Peter White, Rick Braun and Joe Sample, along with many other amazing smooth-jazz Artists and Musicians that you know and love. Dane Butcher has lots of exciting programming planned, DW3 is ready to keep the party going, and Alonzo Bodden will be there to poke fun at everyone on board.

We will be sailing March 1-8, 2015, on Holland America’s m/s Eurodam, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and visiting Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island of Half Moon Cay.

SPECIAL GUEST:
Natalie Cole

MUSIC HOSTS:
Marcus Miller and David Sanborn

SPECIAL EVENTS HOSTS:
Candy Dulfer and Boney James

PARTY HOST:
Brian Culbertson

ARTISTS:
Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Joe Sample,
Peter White, Brian Simpson and DW3

CRUISE HOSTS:
Alonzo Bodden (comic) and Dane Butcher

FEATURED PERFORMERS:
Patches Stewart and Tom Braxton
Other featured performers will be announced shortly

MUSICIANS:
Andre Berry, Randy Jacobs, Nate Phillips, Dwight Sills, Ron Reinhardt,
Ramon Yslas, Herman Jackson, Gerey Johnson, Arlington Jones,
Nate Kearney, Khari Parker, Third Richardson and Jay Williams

We have already received an overwhelming response during our prebooking period. Many cabin categories have already been filled, but a wide variety of cabins do still remain. On Monday, Feb. 3, we will begin accepting reservations for The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015, Second-Chance Sailing. For online reservations or more information, please go to our website at TheSmoothJazzCruise.com, or call a reservationist anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday (toll-free) at 888.852.9987.

We hope to see you on board The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015, Second-Chance Sailing!

Michael Lazaroff
Executive Director
Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC

 

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Enjoy live smooth jazz with the explosive ERIC DARIUS in our brand-new jazzy lunch cruise event! See the sights along scenic St. Andrews Bay aboard the exciting Solaris Dinner Yacht.

Featuring two climate controlled salons, a full service galley and bar, along with an exceptional on-board staff — this smooth jazz lunch cruise showcases the natural beauty of Northwest Florida in a breathtaking cruise of St. Andrews Bay. Kick back, relax, and see the sights while you enjoy lunch.

Then…it’s up the top deck for a once-in-a-lifetime performance from saxophonist ERIC DARIUS performing his hits as well as new selections from is new upcoming smooth jazz cd set to be released Spring 2014!

A Meet and Greet/CD Signing is set to follow the show. This is the perfect way to kick off the smooth jazz weekend in style! Enjoy a two-hour cruise with great views of Panama City, the setting sun sparkling off the water, and dolphins playing in the distance. AND the high-energy sounds of ERIC DARIUS! Don’t miss what will be one of the most talked-about events at the Seabreeze Jazz Cruise.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 10:30 am

Lighthouse Marina, 5325 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408

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Wednesday, April 23rd aboard the Solaris Dinner Yacht

Boards at 6:30pm. Sails at 7pm and returns at 10pm.

Back by popular demand…Brian Culbertson will officially kick off the Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz with a dinner cruise and show aboard The Solaris.

Featuring two climate controlled salons, a full service galley and bar, along with an exceptional on-board staff — this smooth jazz dinner cruise showcases the natural beauty of Northwest Florida in a breathtaking cruise of St. Andrews Bay. The SMOOTH JAZZ DINNER CRUISE is the perfect way to kick off the smooth jazz weekend in style!

Enjoy a three-hour cruise with great views of Panama City, the setting sun sparkling off the water, and dolphins playing in the distance. Dinner buffet included with entree, vegetables, salad, fruit, rolls, butter, and dessert…along with coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available. Then…it’s up to the top deck for an intimate performance with Brian Culbertson “under the stars” on the outdoor performance area.

A Meet and Greet/CD Signing will follow after the show. Due to the extreme response and demand from festival fans, Brian Culbertson is back — but tickets will sell fast —so don’t wait. This event will jumpstart the “ultimate weekend of smooth jazz” with an evening of great dining, great scenery, and live smooth jazz from one of the top artists on the radio!.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – 6:30 pm

Lighthouse Marina, 5325 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408

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Welcome to the cruise that puts “R/R” in rest & relaxation with lots of fun to be had by all who attends. Your RSVP is waiting.
I-JAMS proudly presents “Voyage II” and exciting & wonderful journey to venture on. We are going to invade some fabulous ports of call in the beautiful Caribbean Ocean leaving first out of Galveston TX then onward to our adventure in paradise.

Along this fantastic Voyage will be some great jazz musicians & vocalist that will have you in awe. While your enjoying smooth sailing for 7 days & 7 nights. Concert, parties, jam session, comedy, contests, great food with non-stop entertainment and activities. The most fun you can have for one week on a cruise. Meet & greet the jazz artist as well.

Phil Denny | Dean James | R&B vocalist Ty Causey | Vocalist LeNora Jaye and others to be announced.

Oh yeah!!! Did we mention this is a jazz cruise by independent jazz artists that will spellbound you. The price is right for this splendid delight on board wonderful Carnival Magic, along with a weekend in Houston {OR} Galveston what your flavor or spice.

Cruise embarks from Galveston, Texas en route to Jamaica; February 16 – 23, 2014