The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise is recognized as one of the top blues festivals on the planet. It is also the world’s only chartered blues cruise. In addition to their annual Caribbean cruise that sets sail from Florida each January, this year the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise offers their West Coast cruise to the Mexican Riviera.
The ship will hit the high seas on October 13, 2007 from San Diego, California, destined for the Mexican Riviera. The five-star Holland America ms Oosterdam ship will sail for seven days, all the while hosting intimate and electrifying performances by the world’s best rhythm and blues talent: over 70 live performances by 22 acts! Cruisers have the option to temporarily get their feet back on the ground by indulging in the attractions and beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Manzanillo.
Cruisers will bask to the perpetual rhythms of Blues Cruise “Captain” Taj Mahal & The International Rhythm Band, Elvin Bishop, Bobby Rush, Lowrider Band (Howard Scott, Lee Oskar, BB Dickerson & Harold Brown), Tommy Castro, Marcia Ball, Rod Piazza, Bernard Allison, Curtis Salgado, Janiva Magness, Eric Sardinas, John Lee Hooker, Jr, Sista Monica Parker, Doug MacLeod, Chico Banks, Eric Bibb, Earl Thomas, Eric Lindell, and Nathan James & Ben Hernandez. Also on board are Piano Bar hosts Eden Brent and Leon Blue, plus invited special guests Ron Thompson, Lynwood Slim, Roy Gaines, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, and a host of unannounced surprise guests who will be onboard to share the excitement and join in Artist Spotlights and Jam Sessions.
Cruisers will witness many rare combinations of talent sharing the same stage and rub elbows with the stars by participating in artist workshops and autograph sessions. Regular cruise headliner Taj Mahal exclaims, “It’s a Blues Festival where everyone has a Backstage Pass!”
The testimonials are abundant: “Life-changing.” “Magical.” “The time of my life.”
An ever growing family of dedicated fans are counting the days, hours, and minutes until the LRBC sets sail each year. The cruise’s menu of daily themes, contests, no-holds barred fun and sense of community are what really keep this ship afloat.