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Theme CruisesExchange info about the hot new trend of "theme cruising."
Soukous, the closest one to the cruise port is Blue Martini Lounge, which also has lounges in Vegas and other places.
BUT, the 33rd St Wine Bar seems to attract a more mature crowd, but I don't know where that is in relation to our hotel.
pfunk, you'll be the Ft Lauderdale expert should we have questions! What's near your location? I may want to check out some movies, and the theaters I know of at the Galleria are closed for some reason!!!
Just wanted to stop by and wish everyone a great cruise. I'm sure it will be great and you will all have a fantastic trip. Wish I could make it, but I have a good friend going so I will get a replay from him.
I wish you all fair winds, following seas and music that dosen't stop. Because it's all about the music.
1/8/15 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/8/14 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze Part 2)
1/12/14 Eurodam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
10/10/13 Victory B2B (Victory is Mine)
1/13/13 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/24/12 Breeze (Feelin' the Breeze)
1/15/12 Westerdam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
12/4/11 Miracle (x-mas on the beach)
1/16/11 Noordam (Smooth Jazz Cruise)
11/08 Westerdam (Dave Koz & Friends)
2008 Caribbean Princess
2002 Costa Cruise Line
I had fun but I want be going back next year, maybe in 2 or 3 years. A close friend and her husband that went for the first time (on any full chartered ship) thought it was great, but unorganized and is going back next year. As I ran into people that have cruised the Smooth Jazz Cruise and/or Tom Joyner's cruise they complained about the CJC; if you don't have something to compare it to you'll be much happier. NOTE: Those that cruise Tom J and SJC thought Tom J was the best but had no complaints about SJC, a couple of them are going on the Soul Train cruise that's run by the SJC folks and Time Warner.
akwaba (sp?), it's hard to do a review for a full charter theme cruise, because in all fairness, the ship and the services provided by the promoter should be reviewed separately (but since the promoter chose that ship, maybe it should be a review of the promoter?)
I don't think I'd go on the Carnival Freedom again if it were FREE - they'd have to pay me. Nothing on that ship that was provided by Carnival made it seem like a special experience. I felt like I was in a cheap, chain hotel and dining at a cheap, all you can eat restaurant. The service was substandard, too, IMO. Not sure if it was because gratuities were pre-paid or that's the norm on this ship.
The Smooth Jazz Cruise uses Holland America. Not sure which ship Tom uses now, but he used to use Royal Caribbean.
I think I'd rather see fewer performers on a ship with better food and service. Capital Jazz may be better able to organize the cruise if they didn't have so many performances and activities going on at one time.
From the very beginning of our booking process, we were not happy with the lack of communication, and communication wasn't coordinated on the ship, and the Fun Times had errors each day. It was very frustrating for me, and made it a stressful vacation.
I also didn't like those concerts on the pool deck, because it's just too hot out there, and I live in the Caribbean so I face heat every day. It was also very difficult to see the musicians, because they were in the shade, so from my view, they were too dark to see well.
They also said we were going to have cooking demonstrations from some celebrity chef, but that didn't happen. I missed the cruise activities I usually do on a cruise.
The musicians and presenters were absolutely fabulous, and I liked the Q&A sessions and Gerald Veasley's Bass Workshops.
I think after this cruise, I prefer to have my musical concerts separate from my cruise experience. I'm hoping to go to the DC Jazz Fest in June 2013, so I can enjoy good music on my own schedule and eat when and where I want, and have a variety of other activities during the day.