ST. LOUIS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Jazz Cruises, LLC has added a fifth cruise to its fleet of full charter, luxury jazz cruises. The Latin Music Cruise hosted by Arturo Sandoval will have its inaugural sailing, January 27 – February 3, 2008 aboard the grand vista class Holland America Line, m/s Westerdam. The seven-day voyage of the Caribbean will depart Ft. Lauderdale with ports of call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Santa Barbara de Semana and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas.
Sandoval has worked closely with Jazz Cruises executive director Michael Lazaroff in putting together an ex all-star line-up featuring vocalist/guitarist Jose Feliciano, bandleader Eddie Palmieri, conguero Poncho Sanchez, Cuban singer/songwriter Albita, vocalist/composer/guitarist Amaury Gutierrez, vocalist Malena Burke and the Cuban Timba All Stars featuring Tomás Cruz. He will also work closely with the artists to create extra-curricular daytime events and seminars offering a unique opportunity for the artists and cruise guests to bond beyond the experience of entertaining.
“With our expansion at Jazz Cruises, LLC creating The Latin Music Cruise has been a dream realized." says Lazeroff. "We are committed to the finest—creating a luxury experience for our cruise guests and presenting the top performers in their respective genres. With Arturo, we have reached another pinnacle. Personally I think this cruise will be one of our most exciting and most colorful experiences yet."
“As a musician you seek to provide the venue for a fantastic and memorable experience for your fans," adds Sandoval. "What greater way to have an ultimate musical experience, than sailing the Caribbean in a world class ship, with the best musicians, the finest food and beautiful tropical destinations.”
Jazz Cruises, LLC , the producer and promoter of the only full-ship charters in the world dedicated to jazz music, controls and directs The Jazz Cruise, The Smooth Jazz Cruise hosted by Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz & Friends at Sea, North Sea Jazz Cruise, hosted by Marcus Miller (which will have its inaugural sailing in July 2007) and The Latin Music Cruise hosted by Arturo Sandoval.
–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen