Entertainment Cruise Productions is the producer of the largest lineup of full ship music & entertainment cruises in the world.
Nearly 30 years ago Norwegian Cruise Line (“NCL”) sponsored an annual jazz cruise on the old SS Norway. This program was a special "group", meaning that it shared the ship with other passengers. Though this form of jazz cruise had its limitations, it was very successful and provided the foundation for the growth of Entertainment Cruise Productions.
During those early years of NCL’s Jazz Cruise, Anita E. Berry quickly became the largest group leader in terms of the number of guests she produced for the cruise. Eventually her group was so large that NCL asked her to become involved in the production of the cruise, the selection of the artists, the ports-of-call and other aspects of the cruise’s development.
But all of this came to a stop in 2000, when NCL decided to terminate their theme cruises. This setback did not stop Anita, who decided that she had the resources (guest list, cruise expertise, relationships with musicians and finances) to go it on her own. More than that, she had always wanted the “holy grail” of theme cruises, a full ship charter. What ensued was the beginning of Entertainment Cruise Productions.
Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (ECP) is the world's leader in full ship charter music cruises. Beginning fifteen years ago, ECP, through its various cruise programs, has produced more than 52 full ship charters featuring music themes as diverse as Rock 'n Roll, Elvis, Soul Train, Country Music and several varieties of Jazz. The diversity of music presentations is reflected in our current programs, The Smooth Jazz Cruise, Country Music Cruise, The Jazz Cruise, Soul Train Cruise, The Signature Jazz Cruise on Seabourn and Malt Shop Memories Cruise.
ECP is dedicated to providing the finest music and entertainment cruise experience in the world. Pleasing our guests is our most important goal and objective. There is only one way to make sure that our guests are always happy. We must be in touch with every detail of our cruises and be on top of each and every aspect of the cruise programs. Your vacation is our business…and we undertake that mission with pride, skill, energy and love.
ECP is unique in this industry for it is the only company that we know that is fully integrated in all aspects of the charter cruise program and operation. Here are just some of the duties that ECP under undertakes:
In short, Entertainment Cruise Productions does it all! We envision ourselves as a cruise line and we operate accordingly. We do not just lease a ship; we take it over, make the cruise ours and deliver a finished product to our guests that is second to none. The result is the most successful charter cruise company in the world and the happiest guests on the high seas.
Michael Lazaroff (Anita’s son) serves as the Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions and is the driving force behind the company’s growth and current success. Michael was primarily responsible for the development of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, The Smooth Jazz Cruise, hosted by Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz & Friends at Sea, the 2007 North Sea Jazz Cruise, hosted by Marcus Miller, The Playboy Jazz Cruise™, The Signature Jazz Cruise on Seabourn and, with StarVista Time Life, the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, Country Music Cruise and Soul Train Cruise.
Under Michael’s leadership, our jazz footprint has continued to grow and we are clearly the most important jazz cruise producer in the world. We take great pride in the longevity and durability of our programs. The Jazz Cruise is in its 14th year of sailing. The Smooth Jazz Cruise has sailed for 11 years and has had 17 sailings.
Michael’s responsibilities include the financing, advertising and promotion of the various cruises and Michael personally serves as the cruise producer for each sailing, working behind the scenes with the staffs of the various ships to insure that there is appropriate quality control and services for all of our guests.
What makes an Entertainment Cruise Productions' cruise special? Actually our recipe for success is quite simple. For every cruise that Entertainment Cruise Productions produces, we pledge the following:
Entertainment Cruise Productions promises to provide each guest with a cruise vacation unlike any other, where nearly 2,000 music fans of similar interest gather to enjoy the finest musicians in their genre in a setting that is exciting, luxurious and fun. To fulfill this promise, the careful and creative execution of our programs and the mindful and meticulous attention to our guests must come first.
Entertainment Cruise Productions Delivers What It Promises