Jazz Notes: An EXTRA Special Experience Awaits You!
Explore the many special features that create The Jazz Cruise’s incomparable experience.
We are very proud of the music that has been presented on The Jazz Cruise over the past 20 or so years. With more than 200 hours of jazz performed by 100 of the greatest musicians in the world, The Jazz Cruise music program compares favorably to any jazz festival in the world for both quantity and quality of music. Try to top seven days and nights of live jazz from morning to night, and yes, back to morning. As you can see from the lineup listed below, without question The Jazz Cruise is a special collection of artists and performances.
And, unlike most festivals, the music programs of The Jazz Cruise — featuring annual performances of Anita’s Big Band, Keyboard Capers, Final Jam, The Voices of The Jazz Cruise and many others — take on an episodic element that provides guests with both the feel of something familiar together with the thrill of seeing what new wrinkles have been added. If that was the sum and substance of The Jazz Cruise it would be an amazing event, but the crucible of being on a ship together for a week enables us to create and present various EXTRA Special Experiences, which are shared by our incredible group of guests and artists.
The Jazz Cruise proudly takes you “behind the instruments” through in-depth conversations between and among our musicians or guided by one of our expert hosts. Whether it is an interview by Shelly Berg for his Generation Next show or a conversation moderated by Christian McBride for his show The Lowdown With Christian (both on SiriusXM), our guests gain unique insight into the lives and the creative process of their favorite artists. Additional conversations are hosted by jazz DJs and experts Eulis Cathey and Dick Golden, both respected radio personalities in the jazz community. Dick, a living encyclopedia of jazz, also curates engaging presentations that explore jazz’s rich past using video, audio and commentary. Most of these interviews are conducted one on one, but interviews of a group of musicians will also take place. And, of course, every interview includes a Q&A session enabling our guests to ask their own questions.
Tired of talk? How about a drink? Several of our artists generously share their time with our guests in a variety of interactive events, such as Martini Tasting, Stars in a Glass, Scotch Tasting and Mixology Class. These occur every afternoon and, besides the fun of being with our musicians in this setting, many of the tastings are educational providing in-depth information about a particular libation. For those who appreciate a vintage cigar, there’s Cigars Under the Stars, in which one of our stars will share with guests a good, no great, smoke on the ship’s open-air deck. Jazz stories and anecdotes are sure to ensue. Does that happen at a festival on land? That’s a rhetorical question.
Likewise, no festival features anything like the Name That Tune session hosted by Ken Peplowski and Shelly Berg, in which the two try to stump our guests by playing songs from the jazz and Great American Songbook canon.
Did we mention comedy? Quick, name a jazz festival that includes a great comedian as part of the programming? (No, George Lopez hosting the Playboy Jazz Festival does not count.) Alonzo Bodden, a comedy great, both on and off the ship, as well as a regular guest on NPR’s very popular show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” has been part of our team for many years. He does several hilarious sets in the ship’s biggest venue during the week.
Your opportunity to mingle with the musicians extends to events of the ship as well. In various ports of call, we select interesting restaurants or venues in which to host events for the guests and the musicians. Sometimes the musicians do a short performance for the guests, but there is always great food and drink for all to share.
The performances, the conversations, the events all add up to an incomparable experience which accounts for why The Jazz Cruise has sailed with a fully reserved ship every year since 2001 and boasts an extraordinarily loyal and passionate international guest list along with our U.S. contingencies.
Updated Payment Plans … Act Nowfor the No Deposit Plan!
Given the absence of sailing in 2021, the Payment Plans offered throughout this year have varied from our norm. As we approach a more customary time frame before The Jazz Cruise ’22, the Payment Plans will be the more conventional monthly and quarterly selections, with one major difference: If you complete your reservation before January 31, 2021, NO DEPOSIT WILL BE REQUIRED.
Payment Plans Effective for Reservations Completed Before January 31, 2021:
Monthly Payment Plan: NO DEPOSIT. Ten (10) equal monthly payments, each on the first of every month beginning 2/1/21 and ending 11/1/21.
Quarterly Payment Plan: NO DEPOSIT. Four (4) equal payments on 2/15/21, 5/15/21, 7/15/21 and 10/15/21.
Individualized payment plans may be arranged as well.
Keeping You In Tune & Up to Date for The Jazz Cruise ’22
More than ever before, keeping you apprised of the details of your cruise program is very important to us. With the postponement and updates we have incurred during the past months and with about 400 days before The Jazz Cruise ’22 sets sail, we need to make sure that you have the most accurate, up to date and clear information about your cruise.
Further, the particulars of boarding the ship in ’22 will evolve over time as circumstances change. Though we would like to believe that by the time we sail in ’22 the process will similar to the norms we experienced before the pandemic, it is likely that some of the new guidelines will still be in effect or permanently included. Any rule or regulation that makes cruising safer and healthier is welcomed.
Our plan to keep you informed at all times includes three different forms of communications: Jazz Notes, Get Ready Notice, Ready to Board Notice and Special Notices!
Jazz Notes (this notice) – Published monthly, in addition to providing you with programming updates and inside information about the Artists and Musicians performing on the cruises, we will share any new information about cruise procedures, onboard activities and programs, and ports-of-call. Jazz Notes is sent to both booked guests and those who have requested information about the cruises in general. As such, more granular cruise information will be shared in other correspondence.
Get Ready Notice – Prepared in a booklet form, your Get Ready Notice will be a comprehensive presentation of a wide variety of cruise matters, ranging from pre-cruise reservations for dining, beverage packages and more, to what to wear on the cruise, to what type of identification is required for sailing. We anticipate sending the Get Ready Notice to you on or before Labor Day. More than any other notice you will receive from us, the Get Ready Notice should be reviewed carefully and completely.
Ready to Board Notice – There is always a few last-minute changes, reminders or helpful hints that we need to share with you right up to Embarkation Day. Our best way to alert you accordingly is through our Ready to Board Notice that is sent no sooner that 8 days before sailing and may be sent out as late as the day before. We are examining ways to also provide this information by text or through a link on our website as well.
Special Notices to Booked Guests Only – To borrow a line from FedEx, “when it absolutely, positively has to be (told) overnight,” we send a Special Notice to Booked Guests Only. Depending upon the circumstances we may resend the notice to those who did not “open” the first mailing and we may attempt to trace the path of the message to ensure it is received.
If you are ever concerned that you have missed a message or an update, all of the information denoted in this note and previous Jazz Notes emails will be listed chronologically under “CRUISE NEWS & GUEST CORRESPONDENCE” on The Jazz Cruise’s website under the “Cruise Info” and “Booked Guest” dropdown bars.
Finally, our staff is available to you from 9am – 5 pm CT Monday through Thursday and from 9am – 4pm CT on Fridays. Just call us at 888.852.9987. If you have a question outside of office hours, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer it as soon as possible.
We hope you know that we are here to serve you! It is your cruise, your vacation and your decision to sail with us. Our commitment to ensuring that our Guests have the very best cruise experience possible will always be our #1 priority.
Our Gift to You:
The Jazz Cruise Holiday Show
As a gift from The Jazz Cruise and many of the great artists who sail with us, we invite you to an amazing Holiday Show filled with good cheer and great music starting on December 23.
Hosted by Shelly Berg and featuring Kurt Elling, John Clayton, Randy Brecker, Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, Jeff Hamilton, Wycliffe Gordon, Niki Haris, Tierney Sutton, James Morrison, David Finck, Matt Wilson and more, the show will be available for free through the New Year on The Jazz Cruise’s website at thejazzcruise.com/HolidayShow and on our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/TheJazzCruiseECP.
Once available, you will be our guest — no charge of any kind – to experience the joy, camaraderie and music we share at sea streaming online to you. This will be one gift that you will want to keep for a long time.
CONTACTING THE JAZZ CRUISE OVER THE HOLIDAYS:
The offices of Entertainment Cruise Productions will be closed for the holidays starting on Thursday, December 24, and will reopen on Monday, January 4. During this time, we will regularly check emails sent to email@example.com and voicemails left at 888.852.9987. While our response times may be slower than usual, we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
From everyone at Entertainment Cruise Productions, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a very happy, healthy and safe New Year!