THE BIG EASY CRUISE:  Cuisine, Culture…and All that Jazz!

New Orleans Comes to the High Seas!

Imagine experiencing the music, culture, cuisine and spirit of New Orleans on a 7-day voyage from Fort Lauderdale aboard Holland America’s luxurious Nieuw Amsterdam!

On November 4th, the 2,106-passenger Nieuw Amsterdam hosts its first-ever Big Easy Cruise, a celebration that includes some of the biggest names in American music, including Little Feat, Tab Benoit, Samantha Fish, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Leo Nocentelli from The Meters, Anders Osborne, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Tuba Skinny, John Boutté, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters, Honey Island Swamp Band and John “Papa” Gros with more jazz, funk, R&B, Cajun, zydeco and blues-based artists to be announced in the coming months.

As a special treat, the ship sails to New Orleans itself where guests will be treated to a very special exclusive performance by Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph at the famed club Tipitina’s, and enjoy other rich cultural experiences throughout the city before continuing on to Cozumel.

Artists across R&B, blues, rock, jazz, swamp pop, and even brass bands have been hand-selected to deliver the sounds of the city every day and night on board. One-of-a-kind events will bring guests alongside leaders, creators and innovators in music, cuisine and history for a series of events that include live interviews and songwriting presentations, theme nights, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and much, much more.

“We want to bring the community of people who love the essence of New Orleans together with beloved icons in music, food and more,” says Mike Jason, StarVista LIVE Senior Vice President, Live Entertainment. “Our guests will be immersed in the soul of New Orleans, with rare opportunities to spend time with their favorite artists and musicians. And the best part is that all of this is offered in an intimate and comfortable style aboard a world class ship with incredible amenities.”

This might be StarVista LIVE’s very first Big Easy Cruise but the company has, for 13 years, been a leader in music and event cruises like The Flower Power Cruise, 70’s Rock & Romance Cruise, The Country Music Cruise, Malt Shop Memories Cruise and others. So when it comes to The Big Easy sailing, you can be sure they know their stuff, from “A” to Zydeco!

Fares for the 7-day Big Easy Cruise range from $1,949 for an interior cabin through $4,599 for the Nieuw Amsterdam’s chi-chi Neptune Suite, cruise only, based on double occupancy.


See cruises here: Holland America Line & Nieuw Statendam


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For additional information, ask a travel advisor to help you find a Big Easy cruise.


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