Archive for August 23, 2011

St. Louis, Missouri (22 August 2011): Anyone who has ever sailed upon The Smooth Jazz Cruise knows why it has earned the moniker “The Greatest Party At Sea.” Beginning with the 2013 sailings – January 13-20 and January 20-27 – the week-long music theme cruise to the Caribbean featuring the brightest contemporary jazz stars will officially be renamed The Greatest Party At Sea. George Benson will be the special guest headliner, which will be the first time the iconic guitarist-singer has ever performed aboard a ship.

Departing from Fort Lauderdale aboard Holland America’s m/s Westerdam, The Greatest Party At Sea will cruise in luxury to Belize, Cozumel, and Key West. Guests will be treated to an extended stay in Cozumel, allowing the time to fully explore its exotic beauty and enjoy the full complement of excursions on offer.

But the primary lure to this cruise is the extraordinary music. In addition to Benson, legendary pianist Bob James, R&B vocalist Angie Stone and jazz violinist Ken Ford will make their debut aboard the full-ship charter previously known as The Smooth Jazz Cruise, which has been sailing annually since 2004, selling out many months in advance. Grammy winners David Sanborn and Marcus Miller will host the cruise while Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer will serve as special event hosts. Adding more star power to the list of performers are Rick Braun, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub and musical director Brian Simpson. Funny man Alonzo Bodden will provide comic relief. Cruise director Dane Butcher and radio personality Pat Prescott will also host the festivities.

“Our vision for The Smooth Jazz Cruise has never wavered. The name change simply reflects the broad and diverse talent that takes the stage as well as the wide and exciting array of opportunities presented to passengers. We promise to present the finest music and cruise experience in the world. Seeking and signing the very best artists in this genre may be the most important facet of that pledge. The lineup for The Greatest Party At Sea 2013 clearly reflects our dedication to excellence and our commitment to the most amazing people we have ever known – our loyal guests,” said Michael Lazaroff, executive director of Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises), producer of The Greatest Party At Sea.

The Greatest Party At Sea is an experiential vacation that offers passengers a wealth of opportunities to meet and interact with their favorite artists off-stage in an out-of-the-ordinary setting. While sailing to picturesque ports of call in the Caribbean, guests enjoy nightly headline concerts with unique artist pairings in a large showroom theatre as well as in more intimate lounges that foster spontaneous collaborations. More laidback shows happen poolside day and night, and many guests dance until dawn in the ship’s nightclub. Daytime activities aboard the ship include cocktail parties hosted by the musicians, autograph and question & answer sessions, informative panels, sporting events, and contests. While in port, guests can indulge in a wealth of sun and fun relaxation and recreation choices as well as some of the finest shopping options in the world. The ship contains an abundance of opportunities for pampering in the spa and salon or to get a workout in at the health club. And with all the fine dining rooms, restaurants and room service available, cruisers often sign up for one of the many different fitness classes offered.

Since approximately 60% of the passengers are returning guests, special rates are offered for their loyalty with the steepest discount provided to those who have sailed with the program four or more times. To reserve a cabin from the U.S. and Canada, guests can call toll-free 888.8JAZZ.US (888.852.9987). International guests – and there are usually two dozen countries represented on each sailing – can call toll-free 800-8JAZZ.USA (800.852.99872). For more information about The Greatest Party At Sea, please visit

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises)

The largest private music charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) owns, produces and promotes The Greatest Party At Sea (The Smooth Jazz Cruise) and The Jazz Cruise (, and is proud to partner with Time Life for The Malt Shop Memories Cruise ( and an R&B/soul music cruise soon to be announced. Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) prides itself on providing first-class musical vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective genres for loyal passengers, many of whom make the cruises an annual affair. With its current slate of excursions, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) will have produced 35 full-ship charter cruises. Additional information is available at

The 14th Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival presents internationally acclaimed Grammy-winning jazz & blues artists, 200 wines from 20 wineries and great Northwest cuisine. Headline Grammy-winning acts include jazz legend Al Jarreau, Arturo Sandoval, Spyro Gyra, Diane Schuur, Stanley Jordan, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Frisell, Coco Montoya and blues master John Hammond.

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