It's coming sooner than you think. Smooth jazz's biggest stars will be sailing for a week in the Caribbean beginning Jan. 15. You could be there, too.
When the cruise debuted in January 2004, the smooth jazz activities were limited to a certain part of the ship. For the next sailing, though, the entire Holland America Zuiderdam will be devoted to the more than 1,800 passengers expected to attend.
The lineup of artists for the cruise is impressive: Marc Antoine, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, Euge Groove, Wayman Tisdale, Kim Waters, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Oleta Adams and the Harris Brothers will all perform. Of course, Warren Hill will be on stage also. There will be three to four shows per night, midnight jam sessions and plenty of chances for fans to collect autographs.
This year�s cruise departs Jan. 15 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with ports of call in the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands at Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassua. The cruise returns to Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 22.
For more information, log onto smoothcruise2005.com or call toll-free at 877-330-JAZZ.
Cruise director Hill, who is responsible for event coordination and artist booking, says passengers are in for some incredible shows.
�All these guys are incredible performers and they really love putting on a show and entertaining a crowd," Hill says. "They all play with passion."