The Crystal Serenity is set to become the ideal vessel for jazz lovers when it embarks on a whole new itinerary on the 30th November this year. Over 11 days, the Crystal Serenity will be sailing from Costa Rica to Miami, on a route which is all-new for the cruise line, with a passenger list which has some famous additions – over 20 of the world’s most accomplished Jazz musicians will be performing day and night for a rapturous audience of the genre’s most fervent fans.
This Experiences of Discovery luxury cruise is one of the most specialist themes to have ever been undertaken for a cruise…well, alongside the Disney Cruise Lines Star Wars extravaganza, and Weezer’s rollicking Islands in the Sun Caribbean adventure.
The extensive collection of theatres, nightclubs and lounges on board the Crystal Serenity are to be converted into jazz venues especially for this voyage. But that’s not all – alongside the cult musical revue, passengers can also enjoy an extensive enrichment programme which will be completely complimentary. Revered pianist and vocalist Yve Evans will be leading these presentations, delving deep into Jazz’s turbulent and intriguing history, as well as sharing some of her own fascinating experiences.
Arbor Records has joined forces with Crystal Cruises to bring an impeccable roster of performers to grace the stages on-board the Crystal Serenity. From solo performers, to duos, trios, quartets, and ensembles, a plethora of international jazz acts will be performing composed and improvised pieces throughout the entire sailing.
Just a few of the superb performers to be enjoyed while on the voyage are Bill Allred and his Classic Jazz Band, Paolo Alderighi, Stephanie Trick, John Cocuzzi, Randy Morris and Yve Evans on piano, Eddie Metz and Danny Coots on drums, and Banu Gibson on vocals.
If that seems like quite the list…well it just goes to emphasise how far Crystal Cruises have gone in attempting to create the ultimate in Jazz cruises on-board the Crystal Serenity. In the Crystal Cove Bay bar and Palm Court, passengers can enjoy midday instrumental sessions along with an afternoon cocktail, pre-and post-dinner performances in the Galaxy lounge, and solo sets in the chic Avenue Saloon and Pulse Nightclub.
For those who are wondering whether you need to be a jazz aficionado to get the most of this cruise, fear not. Philip Ordever, Vice President of International Sales and Marketing for Crystal, recently spoke about the mass appeal of the cruise: “The calibre of talent on-board this voyage will certainly impress even the most devoted fans, but also sets the scene for casual music lovers to kick back and enjoy the shows while enjoying Crystal’s unparalleled service and luxury…”
With that in mind, music lovers can be guaranteed that there’s plenty to relish on board this Crystal Serenity cruise, even if you don’t know your Miles Davis from your John Coltrane. Which I don’t.
This Crystal Serenity cruise departs from Caldera, Costa Rica for Miami on the 30th November, calling at destinations such as Puerto Limon, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel.