In Onboard Pursuits

Panama Canal — and All That Jazz

Jazz trumpets

We’re jazzing it up this fall with a new, 11-day jazz-themed voyage sailing through the Panama Canal and Central America.  Crystal Serenity sails from Costa Rica to Miami on November 30 with more than twenty of the genre’s most accomplished musicians.  Daily and nightly shows will fill the ship’s elegant theaters, posh nightclubs, and intimate lounges with soulful bass riffs, saxophone solos, and sultry vocals.

The Experiences of Discovery luxury cruise will also offer expert theme lectures, with all enrichment programming offered complimentarily throughout the sailing.

In association with Jazzdagen Tours, with Arbor Records-recording musicians, some of the international jazz stars set to grace our stages include famed band leader/trombonist Bill Allred, with his Classic Jazz Band; Eddie Metz and Danny Coots on drums; Pieter Meijers, Antti Sarpila, Robert Veen and Harry Allen on clarinet/saxophone; Nicki Parrot and Kristin Korb on bass and vocals; Warren Vaché, Greg Varlotta, and Bobby Pickwood on trumpet; Jacob Fischer on guitar; Paolo Alderighi, Stephanie Trick, John Cocuzzi, Randy Morris, and Yve Evans on piano, with Yve also adding vocals; and Banu Gibson serving as featured vocalist.

Crystal Serenity - Panama CanalThe diversely talented artists will dazzle audiences under solo spotlights, as well as in duets, trios, quartets and ensembles, often playing a variety of instruments for both composed and improvised pieces.  Guests can enjoy midday mood music in the Crystal Cove bar and Palm Court, plus lively pre- and post-dinner shows in the Galaxy Lounge, Stardust Club and more intimate sets in the Avenue Saloon and Pulse nightclub.  In addition to the music itself, celebrated pianist and vocalist Yve Evans will offer entertaining presentations, sharing her experiences and enlightening travelers about jazz and its timeless history.

Departing Caldera, Costa Rica, the sailing calls in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica; Roatán Island, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, Florida, before arriving in Miami.


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