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The Experience

Journey of Jazz has multiple meanings. Specifically, we will be taking our guests on a Journey from the early days of jazz through the modern era. Marcus Miller and Gregory Porter, two astute jazz aficionados, will be your guides all week. The other “journey” will be our return to the West Coast complete with a long list of privately curated and produced land-based excursions and events.

When it comes to presenting a lineup for jazz at sea, Jazz Cruises has been doing that longer, better, and more often than anyone in the world. Journey of Jazz ’25 continues that tradition and more. Hosted by Marcus Miller and Gregory Porter, the cruise features the iconic (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chucho Valdés, Ron Carter & The Brubeck Brothers), the majestic (Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra), the powerful (Wycliffe Gordon, Sean Jones, Renee Rosnes, Jimmy Greene, Marcus Gilmore), the newer kids on the block (Benny Benack III, Bria Skonberg) and more to come.

Jazz Cruises, the producer of Journey of Jazz, has been presenting music cruises longer and better than anyone. Our team of creative experts is simply unmatched in their ability to develop and present top-flight and exciting programs, shows, events, parties and just plain fun. Here is a partial list of the exciting programs you will experience on Journey of Jazz ’25:

Nightly Main Shows • Festival-Style Lounge Shows • All Star Shows with unique configurations • Late Nightclub for Dancing/Chilling • Cocktail Hour Performances • Pool Shows • T-Shirt Party • Theme Parties • Pool Events featuring Performers • Autograph Sessions • Artist Hosted Excursions • Artist Interactive Activities • Q&A’s with Artists • Music Seminars • One-of-a-Kind Culinary Events • Hilarious Gameshows

Victoria is replete with fascinating places to visit and things to do. You may elect to visit the Royal BC Museum, Craigdarroch Castle or the Butchart Gardens. For the more adventurous, there are several opportunities for whale watching and other at sea excursions. For more information about Sightseeing adventures, Celebrity Cruises will provide more details about the opportunities and booking.

The Victoria culinary scene is as worldly as its population. Boasting one of North America’s largest Chinatowns, Victoria is hailed as the Afternoon Tea Capital of Canada as well as the Brunch Capital of Canada. Our Culinary Expert, Michael Bauer, will be presenting several top selections for dining in Victoria. We will be in the city from 7 am – midnight, so any and all meal types are in play. Stay tuned for more information.

Jazz Cruises is in direct contact with the Victoria Jazz Society working on a music experience for our guests while we are visiting Victoria. Once these plans are finalized, we will share them with our guests. A live concert is being planned that will include both musicians sailing on Journey of Jazz ’25 and local talent.

For September 16, our first day in San Francisco, Jazz Cruises has chartered the historic Napa Valley Wine Train for an immersive epicurean three-hour classic train journey winding your way through the world’s most celebrated wine-producing region from Napa to St. Helena and back. The exquisitely restored Gourmet Express treats you to three sumptuous courses aboard an antique 1915 Pullman car adorned with tables draped in white linen, silverware, etched glass partitions and natural luxuriant mahogany wood tones. For an extra indulgence, add the sommelier flight tasting to your itinerary.

Package details and pricing to follow. Space will be limited to availability.

Opened in 2013, the 35,000-square-foot SFJAZZ Center is located on the corner of Fell and Franklin Streets in the heart of San Francisco’s fine arts district. The Center is the first stand-alone structure in the country built specifically for jazz performance, with the 700-seat Robert N. Miner Auditorium and 100-seat Joe Henderson Lab. The building was designed by award winning architect Mark Cavagnero with the audio designed by Sam Berkow, one of the nation’s premier acoustical consultants.  Jazz Cruises, together with SFJAZZ, will present the Ron Carter Quartet in concert at SFJAZZ. 

Jazz Cruises, together with Legendary Former San Francisco Chronicle Food Critic, Michael Bauer, will present a culinary “tour” of San Francisco. First, Michael will provide a list of recommended restaurants for brunch, lunch, and dinner.  Prior to the cruise, you can join Michael for a webinar during which he will provide a culinary guide and history of the famous dining regions in and around the city:  Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Embarcadero/Financial District, Union Square, Central Market, SoMa/Yerba Buena, Mission District.

Package details and pricing to follow. Space will be limited to availability.

Discover exceptional wines and vintages among the beautiful hillsides and romantic vineyards found just north of the Bay in the world-class wine regions of Napa Valley. Join one of our exclusive wine tours for an intimate wine tasting, behind-the-scenes private tours, followed by a lunch tasting at world-renowned wineries included in your itinerary. Our notable winery selections include Duckhorn, Brasswood Estate, Peju, Sequoia Grove and St. Supery. Our selected wineries are family-owned and operated, which means each winery visit will feel like home.

Package details and pricing to follow. Space will be limited to availability.

Though not as well-known as Napa Valley, the regions of Sonoma are the home for many of the most famous and highly regarded wineries in the world. Join one of our exclusive wine tours for an intimate wine tasting, behind-the-scenes private tours, followed by a lunch tasting at world-renowned wineries included in your itinerary. Our notable winery selections include Patz & Hall and Kendall Jackson. Our selected wineries are family-owned and operated, which means each winery visit will feel like home.

Package details and pricing to follow. Space will be limited to availability.

San Francisco is replete with iconic buildings and sites:  The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walt Disney Family Museum, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown, San Francisco Zoo. Celebrity Cruises as well as several reputable companies provide first class tours that include most of these attractions.

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