What if you could mix your love for travel with your love for the Blues? You can! In todayâ€™s cruise travel industry, theme cruises are all the rage with literally hundreds of themes to choose from. The majority of cruise lines offer themes including everything from Blues and Jazz to Epicurean and Self-Improvement, which offer all of the same amenities of a traditional cruise but the focal point of the entire cruise itinerary, will be the chosen theme. In this case, the theme is Blues!
One of the top Blues cruises in the world is the â€œLegendary Rhythm & Blues Cruiseâ€? This is the worldâ€™s only fully chartered Blues cruise, and it takes place aboard Holland America Lines ms Ryndam. For 2008, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues cruise features a San Diego to Mexican Riviera itinerary with a whopping 72 onboard performances. Set to perform are big names in the industry like Koko Taylor, Tommy Castro, Magic Slim, Chris Thomas King, Leon Blue, and Shane Dwight, to name a few. Ports of call include: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, La Paz, and of course, San Diego. The cruise also hosts Blues parties in different cities and locations throughout the cruise. Visit the Legendary Rhythm & Blues cruise website or call 888-BLUESINâ€™ for reservations. You can also book online by visiting the Holland America Line website.
Another leader in theme cruises, such as Blues cruises, is Crystal Cruises. Not only does Crystal Cruises offer jazz, golf, film festival, health, and food & wine theme cruises, these cruises typically travel to exciting places such as the Caribbean and places like Monte Carlo, London and Aspen, and a transatlantic jazz cruise is not uncommon.
Other cruise lines that offer jazz cruises include: Cruise West, Clipper Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Disney Cruise Lines. Many cruise lines offer set dates for Blues cruises, so feel free to book directly through the cruise lines. A great place to start your search for Blues cruises is Cruisemates.com. Cruisemates.com features a lengthy list of cruise lines along with each cruise linesâ€™ list of theme cruises, dates, and destinations — from A-Z.
Prices for Blues cruise vary greatly depending on cruise line, season, length of cruise, lineup, etc. For the Legendary Rhythm & Blues cruise, prices depend on a variety of factors as well, with the main factor being accommodations. The cruise offers penthouse suites, deluxe suites, and inside and outside staterooms to name a few. A penthouse suite can cost as much as $4,700 and an inside stateroom can fetch as much as $1,700. In addition, there are ship and port fees of $195 per person and gratuities of $70 per person. Keep in mind that cabin pricing is also per person and discounts are offered for early booking, last minute booking and if you pay in full at the time of booking.