The Jazz Cruise

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JAZZ CRUISES’ ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR ’11 GRAMMY® AWARDS

We like to say that Jazz Cruises features the greatest artists in the world on our cruises, and every year the Grammy® Award nominations confirm that claim. Just recently, Marcus Miller (3), Kirk Whalum (3), Freddy Cole, Clayton Brothers, James Moody, Gerald Albright and Joey DeFrancesco were all nominated for 2011 Grammy® Awards. Congratulations (and good luck) to all of these amazing artists for this wonderful and much-deserved honor!

Jazz Cruises' Notes December 2010

THE JAZZ CRUISE 2011 IS SOLD OUT!

Wait List Only for the 10th Anniversary Sailing

Jazz Cruises is proud to announce that The Jazz Cruise 2011, which is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its illustrious cruise program, is SOLD OUT. Those wishing to sail with us this January should register with the office on The Jazz Cruise Wait List. With around two months between now and the date of embarkation, there will likely be several cancellations, so it is not too late if you can be patient and flexible as to your travel times and cabin categories. Call 888.852.9987 (U.S. and Canada) or +800.852.99872 (International) to put your name of the Wait List.

Our Earliest Sell-Out Ever!

This is earliest sell-out in the history of the cruise, and it is a testimony to the first-class lineup being presented and to the expansion of the guest base of the cruise. With nearly 200 or so international guests joining us for the cruise, The Jazz Cruise has been discovered by our friends “across the pond” and our fellow North Americans, primarily from Canada. We have all known for a long time that jazz is international, and there has always been a strong contingent of international guests on the cruise, but in the past two years that number has grown significantly. It is so exciting to see that our cruise has made people happy all over the world.

2011 Cruisers Have First Dibs on 2012 Cabins

As always, those sailing on The Jazz Cruise 2011 will have first crack at retaining their cabins for The Jazz Cruise 2012, and that process starts now. You can reserve your current cabin simply by going online and filling out a few questions, or you can call the office prior to the cruise, or, if you prefer, you can rebook on the ship. Those sailing on The Jazz Cruise 2011 have until February 6, 2011, the last day of the 2011 cruise, to secure their current cabins. After that, it is open booking for all remaining cabins.

Guests on The Jazz Cruise 2011 who wish to book a different cabin, or those who are not booked on that cruise can also start the process of booking for The Jazz Cruise 2012, again either online or by calling the office. We cannot assign you a specific cabin until February 6, 2011, but the sooner you book, the higher your priority will be for selecting cabins after that date. In this case, it really is “first-come, first-served.”

Do not hesitate, for again this year you have until February 15 to make your deposit, well after the announcement of the lineup, but rest assured, we are working on the lineup now and, so far, it is amazing. The second decade of The Jazz Cruise is off to a fantastic start!

GUESTS ON THE SMOOTH JAZZ CRUISE 2011 (BOTH WEEKS) AND THE JAZZ CRUISE 2011 SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THEIR SPECIAL JAZZ CRUISES’ GIFT BOX AND CRUISE INFORMATION

In the past few weeks, Jazz Cruises has sent out the very lovely Jazz Cruises’ gift box to our nearly 6,000 passengers on the upcoming January and February 2011 cruise programs. The box includes lots of valuable information about the cruise, booking numbers, schedules and cruise events. Each guest should carefully review the entire package and direct to us any questions you may have.

Pimp Your T-Shirt Now!

Also included in each box is your annual cruise T-shirt. Make sure it fits properly. If not, you will be able to exchange it on the ship, but you must bring the shirt you received in order to complete the swap. We are sending you your T-shirt now, rather than giving them to you onboard, for several reasons, but we especially wanted to allow you time to decorate, adorn and bling your shirts for our first ever “Pimp My T-Shirt Contest.” Each of our three cruises will crown a winner of the contest and, of course, there will be prizes … and lots of fun.

If, for any reason, you have not received your gift box as yet, be sure to contact the office (888.852.9987, U.S. and Canada, or +800.852.99872, International) at your earliest convenience so that we can track the package. There is a lot of time, so there is no need to panic, but we need to make sure that each and every guest received their package weeks before sailing.

Friends of Jazz Cruises

THE SMOOTH JAZZ CRUISE IS SPONSORING TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, HOSTED BY RICK BRAUN

Even though The Smooth Jazz Cruise is just a couple of weeks after New Year’s Eve, we could not help but be the sponsor of Rick Braun’s amazing New Year’s Eve party in Tucson at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. When we saw the lineup of Peter White, Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber and Selina Albright, and add to that your host for the evening, Rick Braun, it just cried to us to join up.

Tickets for this exciting evening include a delectable gourmet dinner, specially crafted by the resort’s award-winning culinary team, two dance floors, a champagne toast, and a ball drop and balloon drop along with party favors and festivities … and, of course, amazing grooves and tunes from these masters of contemporary jazz. For more information, go to www.tucsonjazz.org or call 520.903.1265.

THE SMOOTH JAZZ CRUISE INVITES YOU TO JOIN BB JAZZ AS THEY BRING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH

If you are in the Los Angeles area for New Year’s Eve, the most exciting evening you can have would be to join Betty and Corky Bennish as they host “A New Year’s Eve Gala” at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. The evening starts at 7 p.m. and includes a spectacular dining experience and the music of Marion Meadows, Rahsaan Patterson and Christine Day, not to mention dancing to the tunes and styling of DJ Jonathan Phillips. As you may know, all of the proceeds from events produced by BB Jazz go to benefit children with autism and other children’s charities. For more information, go to www.bbjazz.com.

December 2010

The Smooth Jazz Cruise

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THE TIME IS NOW TO BOOK YOUR CABIN FOR THE SMOOTH JAZZ CRUISE 2012

As we have discussed before, the time to book your cabin for The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012 (both weeks) is now, because once The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2011 sails, those guests on that cruise who have not booked for ’12 will take all of the remaining cabins … certainly the prime ones! That is what happened last year, and there are fewer cabins remaining (per week) than there were last year. Take our advice … book now!

There is a Jazz Cruises program for every jazz taste!