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  1. interesting...My Son is career Air Force and received a promotion from Boston to Edwards AFB near Ontario California in June which should be his final posting before he retires in 2022 so hopefully I will be visiting He and His Family next September and then go visiting one of my cruising friends in San Diego ...Celebrity normally has great rates on their spring/fall repositioning cruises from San Diego to Seattle for Summer Season Alaskan Cruises In reading Cab Calloway biography "Hi De Ho" he talks about chartering private Pullman Rail Cars for He and His Band to travel from New York City to California to perform engagements during the 30's-50's in part because when travelling thru the Deep South they could avoid the Jim Crow Era discrimination practices on the Band;s 1st trip to Europe in the 1930's, they traveled by Transatlantic Ocean Liner and did not experience any Discrimination and performed for the 1st Class guests in exchange for reduced passage which in essence was an early version of The Jazz Cruise as we know it in his retirement your DH could become a Jazz Promoter bringing a group of West Coast Smooth Jazz Fans on Celebrity from Seattle to San Diego and Amtrak back to Seattle and invite Candy Dulfer and Friends to perform private concerts
  2. will do...I'm really into listening to Gregory Porter ( All Rise) & Ranky Tanky & Anthony David's Tribute CD to Bill Withers interesting that the SJC has moved to Miami and leaving on a Monday which should translate into slightly lower air fare & hotel rates for Jan & Feb 2022 ..don't forget to take Tuesday off from work to recover
  3. I have been recently undergoing Treatment that requires having extensive MRI's taken once a month that requires me to lie still in the MRI machine for about an hour..I happen to be wearing my Dave Koz Cruise to Alaska T-Shirt and was stunned when the Technician actually knew who Koz was and is a big Smooth Jazz Fan , so thru Spotify or Apple he was able to program from the Cloud The Best of Dave Koz for me to listen to on the headset and before I knew it the hour was up...listening to the music reminded of the cruise which placed my mind in a very relaxed state.......I'm schedule for another round of MRI's next week and will request Richard Elliot's "Essential" collection ...I order him Boney James new CD "Solid" along with the official T-Shirt to surprise him on hopefully my final visit in mid October Pretty confident that Jan 2022 will be enough time for a Vaccine to be developed and implemented and the Promoters working with the Cruise Lines & CDC to have a process and procedure in place for a safe charter ..the challenge will be to maintain as much as possible the close connection between Charter Guests and Jazz Artists on the ship I would suspect that your DH would not be a happy camper taking a photo with Candy standing 6 feet away and with a mask (unless of course it was a Candy fan club mask ) it's one thing to hear the music on the radio or see the artist at a land Festival or brick and mortar Jazz Club...very different experiencing them live on a cruise ship for 7 days and nights and hanging out with your new friends who love Smooth Jazz as much as you do it's very hard to be a vocal Smooth Jazz fan and live in New Orleans
  4. and I suspect most of your friends are probably thinking "who is Candy Dulfer " when they view your SJC photos ...I miss attending Church on Sundays so since the NFL is back, i will put on Kirk Whalum's " The Gospel According To Jazz " Part 1 & 2, pick out a good book I've been wanting to read for a while and take a break from all the chaos around us
  5. but then you will miss Vanessa Williams , Jeffrey Osborne, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Nick Colionne on the following weeks ..Lagniappe would be to add Chante Moore to either sailing does not surprise me in the least that the Las Vegas effort did not materialize in 2021 ..I think most Jazz Cruisers have come to grips that 2022 will be our year to resume our week long love affair at sea with our favorite artists and we are already planning and saving for 2023 you do know you can upload your favorite SJC photos posing with your favorite artists onto a 13 month calendar website (Dec 2020- Jan 2022 ) so you can have a countdown calendar...of course the month of your DH birthday will have his photo with Candy Dulfer ...lol
  6. I received an email that I cleared the Wait list yesterday, so I actually look at both sailings and could not decide because of the line ups ..the only logical solution would be to book B2B to make sure I see all of my favorite artists and a double dose (lagniappe) of Candy Dulfer but to do that I have to find a winning lottery combination or find a very rich benefactor ..but I'm also looking at Dave Koz in 2022 I will dig back thru my photo albums to find the Cuban Diner for breakfast that is in walking distance from our Cruise Hotel in Miami for your and your Husband ..it's well known secret to the Artists so do not be surprise if you see several of your favorite artists having breakfast ..we sat at the counter next to Keiko Matsui as I tried to explain to her what Crawfish and Scramble eggs with Tabasco Sauce taste like ( I actually sent her a Sampler Kit of Tabasco Sauce thru her agent ) ..FLL airport has always been much easier to navigate because it is newer, bigger and fewer international carriers without live Music New Orleans is suffering greatly but we will come back twice as strong
  7. Southwest announced they will start flying to Miami Airport which may help with the air cost ..only 15 months to go which will go very quickly
  8. actually Entertainment Cruise Production produces The Star Trek Cruise as well as several Jazz Cruises ..full charter Immersion Cruises regardless of Theme are an incredible experience and IMHO well worth the price
  9. book and pay for 2021 with the clear expectation that you will actually be cruising in that same time period 2022 and then thus start saving for 2023 ..Music Theme Charter Cruisers are loyal and stick with the promoter and have not cancelled and we know that a Vaccine protocol is critical to being able to enjoy the interactions with our favorite artists onboard all week and like minded fan base I suspect if you asked most hard core music theme cruisers , no one really cares about Ports of Call..we would be content to call on St Thomas (shopping ) and a private island with a great beach with an ability to have a concert and beach party with our favorite artists and be contented with 5 Full Days at Sea in full immersion with the music during CV 19, seeing our favorite musicians perform their music live on a charter cruise ship with 2500 like minded Shelter in Place fans is a form of therapy that keeps us going thru these dark times and gives us a small beam of light we can look forward to in 2022 and I;m sure the artists look forward to reconnecting with their fan base on the ship (and selling lots of CD's) take a look at the 80's Cruise website and make note of all the former artists that have performed on past cruises and make a playlist of their hits ..every weekend (on project departure day ) sit on your front porch ( or back deck ) pour a drink and listen to your playlist and pretend you are sailing out of your Port of Departure i suspect no one will be cruising the balance of 2020 and it will take all of 2021 to figure out a protocol , so 2022 should be about right..glad to see you are sticking with selecting a music charter
  10. you might check out The Hubbard Mansion Bed & Breakfast on St Charles Avenue right on the Trolley Line which is a different way to get to the Pier
  11. I'll keep Him in my Prayers along with Sheila E....I lived in Oakland during the heyday of Tower of Power which like many of the great Horn Bands of the 70's & 80's served as the training ground and launching pad for several of our era Solo Smooth Jazz Superstars that we enjoy on our charter cruises ..I remember when Warren Hill launched his first sailing in 2004 followed by Rick Braun's in 2005 , I became hooked with the combination of Cruising and Smooth Jazz which when blended with the great Motown & Stax music and a variety of Artists onboard for the week provided 7 days and nights of Full Immersion and the best value for one's dollar Blue Note at Sea is the perfect transitional conduit laboratory to merge fans of Straight Ahead & Smooth Jazz along with Lagniappe of doing it on a cruise ship which provides an alternative to the phasing out of traditional Brick & Mortar Jazz Clubs ironically Charter Music Promoters and Cruise Lines have identified which Class of Ships are most adaptable to full music charters which are generally older, smaller, fewer bells and whistles and very lucrative for all stakeholders so I am sure they are collaborating now to ensure that we will be CV 19 safe by January 2022
  12. got it, thanks, great line up ..maybe they will add Richard Elliot ...when this CV 19 comes under control would really like to travel to Memphis and visit the new Stax Museum of American Soul Music which would be a great late night All Star Jam Session Theme on the Charter ...Candy Dulfer would fit right in with Booker T & The MG's Rick Braun European River Cruise Jazz Get-A-Way has found the formula for opening the door for the format to be applied for US Waterways on a Riverboat and with the pending introduction of Viking River Cruises "Viking Mississippi " in the Fall of 2022 it could be a game changer in 2009 we took a River Cruise to the South of France on Peter Deilmann, and visited Brick and Mortar Jazz Clubs from Lyon to Paris and it was incredible I suspect one of the unintended results of CV 19 is Cruisers will start looking for alternatives to Mega Ship sailing in the Caribbean and Europe and start looking at River Cruising not only on the Mississippi River but also in your neck of the woods in the Pacific Northwest January 2022 is probably a good benchmark to resume cruising especially for full charter music cruises which is so intertwined with the closeness between our favorite artists and their most loyal fans so 17 months in the big picture of CV 19 is not a long time
  13. WWCruiser...which sailing are you booked on again so I can start planning for my former Neighbor birthday invitation. this month .....I pre ordered Boney James's Face Mask, T-Shirt CD combination for her and I can bundle an invitation in with them ...never asked a potential cabin mate out on a Smooth Jazz Cruise date 17 Months in advance before ( better check the fine print in the Cruise Insurance Policy under Cancel for Any Reason to make sure it covers if she gets married to someone else ...lol)...your DH is lucky he doesn't have to worry about finding a cabin mate- ...lol this weekend is a Virtual New Orleans Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Festival so I will be watching on my laptop on my screened in back patio and drinking Pusser Rum Painkillers which my friends and I would normally do in the French Quarter today to fill me "cruise itch ", next weekend I have decided to take a Sunday ride to the Houma Louisiana Ship Yards and take photos of the construction of the Viking Mississippi River Boat that is being built there set for sailing in August 2022 ...you might consider dropping a hint to your DH that you would like to take a River Cruise Music Charter from New Orleans to Memphis in 2023
  14. funny you should mention Boney James...received his email today stating you can purchase a Boney James Mask on his website in his store ..I'll check on Candy Dulfer's website to see if she is doing the same so you can order one for your DH for Christmas New Orleans Musicians and their friends are doing some amazing interline concerts to benefit Musician 's families directly impacted by CV 19 if you have not already done so, check out PBS Streaming "The Freedom Riders" Documentary for free and listen to the music of the Civil Rights Era ...all of our current favorite Smooth Jazz Artists would have fit right in with those times (think Boney James "Ride" walking across the Pettis Bridge the unique relationship between Smooth Jazz Artists that perform on the Full Charter Cruises and their most loyal Fan Base that attend year after year should be a case study on how everyone can all get along for an incredible week of fellowship ..in 2004 Prince performed at the Essence Festival and he showcased Candy Dulfer , which resulted in Candy picking up 50K new fans stay safe & Sheltering in Place and wear your Boney James Mask & Smooth Jazz Cruise Cap and T-Shirt when you go to the store
  15. we all Pray for a Vaccine for many reasons including for those of us that embraced full charter music cruises because of the importance of not having to social distance with our favorite music artists for a week of full immersion
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