The Smooth Jazz Cruise heads Back to Sea in 2022 with George Benson, David Sanborn and The Crow’s Nest!
A Legendary Return to Sea Awaits!
The sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruises in ’22 will feature the return of one of the legendary figures in the annals of this amazing cruise program. No, we are not talking about George Benson and David Sanborn, though their return is most exciting, particularly the fact that they will be performing together on The Smooth Jazz Cruise ’22: Back to Sea Sailing. Nor are we referring to Pa-Jam-A Night, White Night, Jersey Night and other favorite themes of prior cruise programs, all of which will be part of each sailing.
Entertainment Cruise Productions, producer of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, is proud to announce that all three of its sailings in ’22 will feature (massive drum roll) the return of The Crow’s Nest! For those who do not know or are feigning amnesia to protect their reputation, The Crow’s Nest was the late-night hang on each and every Holland America Line ship we used from 2004 to 2016. Located on the top deck, during the day and sometimes in the early part of the evening, The Crow’s Nest was the site for interviews, meetings and some performances, but, every night, around 10:30 pm or so, the space was magically transformed into a combination of Studio 54, Speakeasy and Den of Iniquity. The stories are aplenty and legendary. Granted, the reality is probably tamer than the hype, but The Crow’s Nest was the center of late-night hijinks for more than a decade.
There was always a DJ spinning tunes that would invite you to the dance floor, a lot of drinking and a fair dose of what we would politely call “mingling.” Countless folks would announce that they were “turning in” only to be seen later “turning up” at The Crow’s Nest. Jonathan Butler was a leader of the crowd, if not the Mayor of The Crow’s Nest. It was a great place for singles and for those seeking to remember being single! No divorce was ever caused by The Crow’s Nest, but it was certainly a boon to marriage counseling.
Well, for the 2022 sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, we are bringing back The Crow’s Nest, albeit in a gentler way. Each night, the Rendezvous Lounge will be transformed with our DJ, special drinks, dance themes, games and more. It will be the epicenter of our late-night entertainment activities, the place where you go after the late-night shows in the Sky Lounge and the Celebrity Theater. “Meet Me at The Crow’s Nest” will be the common shared direction on the cruise. Our Production Team is working on the right type of lighting, seating and dance floor to ensure that “The Crow’s Nest at Rendezvous” will be ready to take its place in the history of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, making sure that The Greatest Party at Sea remains so.
Hear from the Music Director!
Hi! I am Eric Marienthal and I serve proudly as the Music Director of The Smooth Jazz Cruise. As Music Director, my mission is to present the best possible musical experiences for our guests. I also have the privilege of performing with many of our Artists and headlining my own shows during the cruises. As our amazing Past Guests know, you never know who might pop up on stage during a show. Part of my job is assisting our performers in making the magic happen.
Creating spectacular programming is a collective effort to be sure. Right now we are taking in suggestions, ideas and concepts for shows and events from everyone. The excitement among the Artists, Musicians, Crew and Staff about returning to sea for the ’22 sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise is palpable! That energy is producing some fresh ideas and some new twists on fan favorite activities.
Taking all the ideas and creating a schedule that provides equal access to our guests as well as balanced schedules for the performers is like working a giant musical jigsaw puzzle. All the pieces are put together so that guests can see all the great performances in the most comfortable way possible and also make sure that no musician is scheduled to be in two places at the same time. As I work on the individual schedules for roughly 60 Artists and Musicians, the walls of my office are starting to resemble those of a private detective! I have also been talking to a lot of the Artists about the music they want to perform and soon it will be time to gather and help organize all the charts, assign music to our three top-flight bands and prepare for rehearsals. The amount of music that each musician must learn is astounding. They make it look so easy and seamless. That is what top professionals can do.
As time goes by, I will be sharing some of our programming ideas with you in the monthly editions of Smooth News. I look forward to speaking to you in the next few months and I cannot wait to sail with you on one of the 2022 sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise. It has been, is and will always be The Greatest Party at Sea!
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Most guests on The Smooth Jazz Cruise (SJC) elect to purchase both an Internet Plan and one of the various Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Beverage Packages. This combination is so popular that we call them “The Cruise Essentials.” Now, rather than purchasing these items separately, we have created several packages which allow you to quickly and economically purchase The Cruise Essentials. As a gift, Celebrity Cruises allowed us to add a Laundry component for free to create the all-new “Cruise Essentials Packages!
There are significant benefits to purchasing one of The Cruise Essentials Packages:
SAVINGS: You save money by purchasing the package, rather than purchasing each item separately.
ONE STOP SHOPPING: You complete one form and you are done.
PAYMENT PLAN: You can add the cost to your current payment plan or create a new payment plan just for your Cruise Essentials Package.
MODIFY YOUR PACKAGE: The Cruise Essentials Packages are not one size fits all. There are several options available, each option providing savings.
GATEWAY TO EXCURSIONS, SPECIALTY DINING, SPA TREATMENTS & MORE: In addition to savings on Internet, Laundry and Beverages, by purchasing one of The Cruise Essentials Packages you become eligible for exclusive deals on Excursions, Specialty Dining, Spa Treatments and more. Every such purchase on the ship will have a Guest Price and a price for those with The Cruise Essentials Package. You will save on EVERY SERVICE you purchase in these categories.
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Now Is the Time to Complete
Your Reservation for The Smooth Jazz Cruise ’22
The first of three sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise in 2022 sets sail exactly one year from this Sunday (January 24), yet well over 90% of staterooms are already reserved across the 3 Sailings. This is a record level of reservations this far ahead of sailing, but the good news is great stateroom options remain, including a nice choice of balconies on the “Back to Sea” sailing!
Completing a reservation prior to February 15, 2021, not only secures a stateroom, but doing so also locks in the following:
For Past Guests: The Special Past Guest Pricing & Benefits you have earned expire on February 15, 2021. Call us for all the details.
For Everyone: February 15 is the final day for the No Deposit Payment Plan. Anyone reserving a stateroom by that date may do so without any Deposit and has the option to select either a 10 month (equal) payment schedule beginning on March 1 or four (4) equal payments each due on March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15, 2021.
Click here for all the exciting details about the 3 Sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise ’22, including the star-studded lineups, pricing and additional cruise details. Our team is available to you right now (9am – 5pm CT Monday-Friday). Just call us at 844.616.6279 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer it as soon as possible.