Blues Cruise Highlights

Themed cruises to a variety of exotic or unusual destinations become more popular every year, and one cruise that always sells out quickly is the Blues Cruise. Blues has traditionally been a favorite music genre around the world, and every year, more cruise lines make Blues Cruises available for passengers on cruises to the Caribbean, the Pacific, Mexico and even transatlantic cruises.

Holland America offers a Blues Cruise once a year. One of the pools is covered over for seating and to serve as a dance floor, but the Lido pool is available for swimming and lounging while enjoying the sun and sea air. Most passengers are so preoccupied with all the concerts, workshops, and special events that they don't take the time to swim. Many passengers on a Blues Cruise love it so much, they make it an annual event to share with family and friends. Carnival sponsors Ladies Sing the Blues from New Orleans with legendary women blues singers for an unforgettable cruise experience, but several other cruises are available from ports all around the United States and Europe.

The Itineraries

Pacific Blues Cruises sail through the Pacific every year. The 7-night cruise features legendary blues performers in concert, at workshops and in great impromptu jam sessions. Almost any time during the day or night, you'll find musicians playing somewhere on the ship, and spending time socializing with passengers. has a 7-night cruise to the Caribbean. These cruises always book quickly so make your reservations early.

If you don't have the time for an extended vacation, you can still enjoy an afternoon or evening of great blues music. Rock and Blues Concert Cruises from Boston Harbor sail for 3-hour cruises featuring great music and a cash bar. Check with cruise operators near your home to find out what cruises are available in your area.

Another option is the Dinner Blues Cruise, featuring champagne and a delicious buffet-style dinner. The Los Angeles Friday Night Blues Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to spend a Friday evening. Mystic Blue Cruises in Chicago features Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, and Moonlight Blues Cruises. When visiting the low country of South Carolina, board the Carolina Belle for an evening of great blues and delicious BBQ.

The Music

On a Blues Cruise, passengers can expect performances by 15 or 20 different headliner performers. Each group of musicians gives several performances. One of the greatest aspects of the cruise is that passengers have the opportunity to meet and socialize with the performers.


Not only do you have the chance to experience some of the world's best blues performers, but you can also take part in a variety of workshops. Music, culinary and other workshops are offered.

Special Events

Impromptu jam sessions may occur anywhere on the ship between performances, or late night when the concerts are over for the evening. Live and silent auctions may be held to raise money for performers' favorite charitable organizations.

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