Blues Cruise - has anyone done one on HAL?

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562 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Apparently there is a group that charters a HAL ship a couple of times a year. The entertainment is Blues music, and some well known artists are booked for the entire cruise. I love the Blues and wonder what it's like.
126 Posts
Joined May 2007
We go on the Blues Cruise every year and would never consider doing a regular cruise!! NO dress code, NO disco - just blues from noon (days at sea) to 6am! There are workshops in the mornings for those who are up and for those who haven't gone to bed yet. A west coast blues cruise is in October on the HAL Oosterdam and the east coast cruise is in Jan on the HAL Westerdam. We're not allowed to post a link on this board because a group charters the ships from HAL, but google and you can figure it out. Better act quick because they are both almost sold out.
101 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
I googled and found it. I so wish I had known about this long ago. Just listening to the song on the website put me in the mood. The January itinerary is awesome, but it's sold out. I'm not interested in the Mexico Riviera, so Oct is out. I'll have to be sure to check for 2008/2009 itineraries.
126 Posts
Joined May 2007
Sign up anyway for the January cruise! They always have been able to clear the wait list. You will NEVER go on a regular cruise again.
617 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Do you know how soon they post for the next year (2008)? We're already booked doing something else this year, but would love to go next year.
126 Posts
Joined May 2007
They usually post info on the next year's cruise right after we get back from the current one. Call or email them and get on their e-mail list.
617 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Thanks for the info - I signed up yesterday. Hopefully, they always do one from the West coast and one from the East. We would want to go out of LA or San Diego.
Vero Beach, FL., USA
661 Posts
Joined Aug 2003
Originally posted by tsd1
They usually post info on the next year's cruise right after we get back from the current one. Call or email them and get on their e-mail list.
I don't know how! Email me a starting place? Thanks!
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Joined Aug 2007
I am going on the blues cruise. I won a contest from Saint Blues Guitar Workshop. I just found out i won last night and the cruise is so soon. I would like any info from those who have been on one of the Blue's cruises on Holland America.
Is there any formal nights or is it casual even in the dining room?
126 Posts
Joined May 2007
Are you going on Delbert McClinton's cruise or the Legendary Blues Cruise? Delbert's is more for songwriters, the Legendary is totally blues and absolutely NO dress code. Visit the chat board on the blues cruise website for more information. I'm not allowed to post a link here.
1 Posts
Joined Oct 2012
Hi, I am scheduled to go on the October 2013 Blues Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. It looks to be a great cruise. I have cruised countless times, on other ships. Only once with HAL. I really don't remember much about HAL.

Looking at Cruise critics, there does not seem to be much recent activity. Can anyone give an update on their Blues Cruise experience?

I sure would apreiate it.

Regads, Jim
232 Posts
Joined Jan 2013
I'd be curious, too. My dad is such a huge blues fan; I could see him enjoying this one. I found some reviews on Yelp by googling the name of the cruise plus reviews. All the reviews on Yelp are raves
946 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
I have just submitted a review under the Nieuw Amsterdam.

There are a couple of facebook groups that have more information, one for the October cruises an on for January. As an FYI they are sold out for Oct 2013 and January 2014, but you can join the waiting list.

Sheila in Ottawa