Friday, January 25, 2008

The Smooth Jazz Cruise at Sea Aboard Westerdam

Captain Peter Harris promised us clear skies and balmy weather for our day at sea and he’s delivered. It’s a gorgeous, sunny day on board Westerdam—just perfect for a volleyball competition in the pool or lazing on a deck chair.

The day’s line-up of activities is full with autograph signings, a poolside party, and “Just Sweet Enough” cooking class with Gerald Albright. Naturally there is music everywhere.

I must admit that I wasn’t a Smooth Jazz aficionado when we boarded last Sunday and barely knew what to expect. While the style is difficult to describe, it’s a little bit funky with some soul and R&B tossed in, all performed to a great beat. It’s contemporary and the sounds are infectious. And, yes, you can dance to it—Janet, a fellow passenger who is 83 years young has captivated us during the nightly concerts with her dancing in the aisles. Staying seated is nearly impossible.

Tonight is our only formal night of the cruise and the ladies I’ve spoken to are looking forward to dressing up… not that this isn’t a well-dressed crowd. All other evenings have been smart casual and nearly everyone has ramped it up a notch.

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