Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Westerdam in Aruba: the Smooth Jazz Cruise

Aruba is called “One Happy Island” and we were as pleased to be going ashore with our Smooth Jazz Cruise caps (photo) and bags as the residents were to welcome us. In addition to the main show last night, extremely strong winds kept us rocking and rolling aboard Westerdam so we have looked forward to spending all day in Aruba.

In fact, we’ll be docked here until midnight and tonight’s schedule includes one of the signature events arranged by Jazz Cruises LLC for their full-ship charters. It’s Caribbean Luau Night, which begins with a Poolside BBQ Dinner and ends with a Luau Sailaway Party. Naturally there is also a show in the Vista Lounge. Tonight’s Stars in Concert performance will feature all the artists.

It’s been fun to meet jazz fans from all over the country. Many travel to attend concerts and some have been on previous jazz cruises. Their delight at seeing one another is infectious and we are having a great time—this is a very social mix of people.

Because food is such a highlight of any cruise, I’d like to say a word about the cuisine on Westerdam—delicious. Seriously, we’ve enjoyed every meal so far and service has been superb. Last night we dined in the alternative restaurant, Pinnacle Grill and it was so fantastic that we made second reservation for later this week.

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