Jazz Notes: An Iconic Jazz Trio, Your Cruise Essentials & More!
What’s new for ’22? Cruise Essentials, Blu Bayou and more!
CRUISE ESSENTIALS AND MORE: Your Keys to Saving Time & Money on
Both Essential & Exciting Amenities At Sea!
As cruise lines begin heading back to sea, new enticements and amenity packages are appearing daily. Our cruise line, Celebrity Cruises, is including a basic Internet and Beverage Package in every new reservation. The program is called “Always Included.” Guests with Reservations that pre-date the program are provided the opportunity to purchase these amenities at favorable prices.
As is our custom and mission, The Jazz Cruise is surpassing the “Always Included” benefits with our own plan called “Cruise Essentials and More.” Not only will you save more on the items included in Celebrity’s “Always Included” program, but you will also enjoy significant savings on the full array of Essential and Exciting Amenities that are not part of the “Always Included” plan, and are the type of amenities our guests enjoy.
Cruise Essentials And More Benefits Program: Here Is How It Works!
As the name would suggest, the Cruise Essentials and More program has two parts.
Part 1: Cruise Essentials. The combination of an Internet Plan and one of the various Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Beverage Packages is so popular among jazz cruise guests that we call them the Cruise Essentials. Rather than purchasing these items separately, you can save time and money by purchasing your Cruise Essentials now, and simply adding the cost to your reservation and your payment schedule.
Cruise Essentials include Internet (one device “surf” option), a $50 Onboard Credit to be used for any purchase or service on the ship AND your choice of Beverage Package. Your price will vary solely upon which of the four Beverage Plan options you select. Just that simple, click on the link below and make your selection.
Part 2: And More. The benefits of sailing with the Cruise Essentials are amazing, but there is more…..a lot MORE! Your purchase of Cruise Essentials, regardless of which Beverage Plan you select, is your key to unlock savings on goods and services ranging from Specialty Dining to Photo Packages, from Shore Excursions to Spa Treatments, and everything in between.
In each case there will be one price for all guests and a lower price for guests who have purchased the Cruise Essentials. Click here to see a sampling of those amenities and special prices. The full list will be shared soon.
READY TO GET STARTED! The first step in this process is purchasing your Cruise Essentials. Click here for all the details including how to complete your purchase now. Everyone who purchases the Cruise Essentials before March 31, 2021, earns an additional $25 Onboard Credit!
WHAT’S NEW FOR ’22? Just For You – Dinner at Blu Bayou!
We promised you some new and exciting experiences for ’22. Here is one of our favorites:
With the new rules regarding food preparation limitations, having an outdoor BBQ night may be problematic. It could still happen, but jazz and BBQ have been a tradition of ours for as long as we have been sailing, so we sat down with Celebrity Cruises to find a solution.
As part of our discussion, we talked about the fact that Blu Restaurant’s dinner menu overlaps the offerings in Luminae to a certain degree. The idea of a unique menu for Blu ran head on to the need for a BBQ restaurant. The result is Blu Bayou, our very own BBQ restaurant!
Every night, except Formal Night when the restaurant will be otherwise utilized, Blu Bayou will offer BBQ Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, Catfish in Cornmeal, Spice Rubbed Beef Brisket and the jazz lovers’ favorite, Fried Chicken and Waffles. Your choice of side dishes will include Crispy Okra, Dirty Rice and Black Eyed Peas, Cheesy Grits, Hush Puppies, Collard Greens and more. Desserts will have a New Orleans flair: Beignets with Caramel Sauce, Bananas Foster and Chocolate Pecan Pie.
And, of course, no New Orleans-style BBQ would be complete without a tempting array of special drinks. Festive, delicious and very dangerous!
There is a modest up-charge for the meal, but, for a culinary trip to the Big Easy, it will be well worth it. Again, Blu Bayou is an Entertainment Cruise Productions exclusive, but we have a hunch that, once the word is out, other Celebrity sailings will follow suit.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MONTY ALEXANDER, JOHN CLAYTON & JEFF HAMILTON
Three Jazz Giants – One Iconic Trio!
We’re excited to have Monty Alexander sailing with us again on The Jazz Cruise in 2022, because of his prodigious talent, exuberant personality and unique influences. Since Monty is in The Jazz Cruise’s online spotlight tonight in the new episode of Jazz Cruise Conversations LIVE, we thought we’d share a little of his colorful and storied history.
No history of Monty Alexander would be complete without talking about his close relationship with two giant stars of The Jazz Cruise: John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton. And, while we are on the subject of John & Jeff, we also delve into their special contributions to The Jazz Cruise.
Looking to brush up on your Monty Alexander listening profile? There is no time like the present to get into the cruise spirit by listening to a little Monty Alexander! The Jazz Cruise’sEmmett Cohen created this Spotify playlist featuring his favorite Monty tunes!
LIVE JAZZ CHAT TONIGHT: John Clayton Hosts Monty Alexander and YOU!
Speaking of Monty and John, the two old friends will share The Jazz Cruise’s online stage tonight for the newest episode of Jazz Cruise Conversations Live.
As we look forward to a week with John and Monty (in person!) on The Jazz Cruise ’22, join us on Facebook or YouTube for a fun evening of reminiscing about their colorful and storied history together. The live jazz chat streams at 8pm TONIGHT (Wednesday, March 10).
The Jazz Cruise ’22 sails in more than 300 days and many of our Guests finalized their Reservation months and months ago. In that span of time, it is easy to forget some of the details of the cruise, particularly details that are new. As always, www.thejazzcruise.com is the best place to verify the details of the cruise, but two questions seem to be on the minds of guests:
Is The Jazz Cruise ’22 sailing from Monday to Monday?
Yes. Embarkation Day is Monday, January 17, 2022, and Disembarkation Day is Monday, January 24, 2022.
Is The Jazz Cruise ’22 embarking and disembarking in Miami?
Yes. Our amazing cruise will launch from Miami and return to Miami one week later.