Island Rhythms & Big Easy Jazz

Sail to Ft Lauderdale and New Orleans, Live Jazz & Cabaret Nights, Come See Crystal on Broadway
Dec 2 – Dec 15, 2018 / Ship: Crystal Symphony


Featured Vocalist
Jane Monheit
Jane Monheit was born on November 3, 1977. She was raised in Oakdale, NY, on Long Island’s South Shore. Her aunt and grandmother were professional singers. Her mother performed in musical theater and currently performs in local choirs, and her father plays banjo and guitar. Her love of bluegrass, folk, and acoustic blues shaped her musical sensibility. “It all came down to storytelling,” she says. Jane spent her childhood summers at the Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, from which she received a distinguished alumna award (other notable alumni include Natalie Portman, Mariah Carey, and Taylor Dayne). Throughout her years of public school, she studied clarinet and music theory and performed in theatrical productions both at school and with her local community theater group. Jane went on to study voice at the Manhattan School of Music with Peter Eldridge, a founding member of the vocal group New York Voices. She graduated with honors in 1999 and received the William H. Borden Award for outstanding accomplishment in jazz. It was at MSM that she met her husband, drummer Rick Montalbano. They married soon after college. At the young age of 20, Jane became first runner-up in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute’s vocal competition behind the late, great Teri Thornton. Soon after, Jane released her stunning debut album, Never Never Land, featuring Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, and Lewis Nash. The first of four recordings for N-Coded—a label founded by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen with Phil Ramone—the album was voted Best Recording Debut by the Jazz Journalists Association and stayed on the Billboard jazz chart for a year. Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians.

Featured Vocalist
Courtney Fortune

Musical Director/Drummer
Jamey Tate
Since arriving in Los Angeles, Jamey Tate has become one of the most sought-after musicians on the national touring and studio scenes. He has performed and/or recorded with a widely diverse list of some of the biggest artists in the music industry, including Grammy nominees/winners David Benoit, Al Jarreau, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Christopher Cross, Quincy Jones, Melissa Manchester, and the New York Voices; Billboard chart toppers Jane Monheit, Lucy Woodward, Paul Anka, and Mindi Abair; as well as stars from many other genres like American Idol’s Justin Guarini, the Ahn Trio, the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Ron King Big Band, Russell Ferrante, Sandro Albert, Brian Simpson, Peter White, and Jeff Kashiwa. Jamey maintains a busy studio career in Los Angeles, working with composers and producers including Matthew Kajcienski, Patrick Williams, Daniel Lanois, Chris Walden, Bear McCreary, David Sheppard, Mathew Hager, and David Schwartz, to name a few. He has performed on numerous major motion picture soundtracks, television shows and commercials including Jersey Boys, Empire, Longmire and Heartbreakers. Jamey has written and produced music for television commercials and shows including ABC’s Oscars Red Carpet, McDonalds, ESPN College Football, AT&T and many more. He also keeps busy as a record producer, working on albums for artists like Justin Ray, Courtney Fortune, and The Edge Effect. Currently, Jamey keeps a busy schedule that includes touring, studio work, production and composition. He is the musical director for the Music Center Spotlight Awards at Disney Hall in Los Angeles and for former Broadway star Lou Giovannetti’s big band. As an artist/clinician for Sakae Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Evans Drumheads, Jamey also conducts master classes and private instruction across the country and abroad.

Featured Trumpet player
Justin Ray
Justin Ray has toured 45 countries, appeared on Grammy-winning recordings, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, such as Madison Square Garden, the Sydney Opera House, Radio City Music Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. Justin has recorded three records under his own name. The first is a self-titled collection of his hard-bop tinged originals. His next, Love Songs is a combination of jazz and beatnik-style poetry featuring works from artists as diverse as Allen Ginsberg and Star Trek’s Commander Data. The third, Evil Man Blues (which is set to be released in summer) features Ray both as trumpeter and vocalist on a collection of jazz standards. When he is not touring, Ray makes his home in Asheville, NC, with his wife and two small children, and is an active member of its vibrant musical community.

Featured Saxophone player
Jacob Rodriguez
“Kindness, compassion and sensitivity are components of what make Jacob Rodriguez a beautiful human being. The same attributes are what make him one of the greatest musicians in the world. This guy is the real deal and a legend in the making. Jacob’s humanity along with his musicianship influenced me during a very important if not crucial part of my life. He plays and lives life without any fear.” (Michael Bublé). Currently a member of Michael Buble’s band, Jacob tours the USA and world continually.

Featured Trombone player
Nick Vayenas
Nick Vayenas has been a mainstay on the music scene for the past 15 years. Based in New York City, Nick has worked in a variety of settings both as a sideman and leader. He is one of the more versatile musicians, also doubling on trumpet and euphonium, and is a prolific composer as well as an educator and clinician. Originally from Boston, Vayenas started his music studies at age 12. He earned scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute, which were key to his technical development as a musician and composer. Vayenas studied with such jazz luminaries as trombonists Hal Crook, Conrad Herwig, Bill Watrous, David Taylor, Phil Wilson, and Steve Turre, as well as trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Greg Hopkins, and Vince Penzarella. In 2009, Vayenas became a leader in his own right, releasing his acclaimed debut album, Synesthesia, on drummer Kendrick Scott’s World Culture Music label. “A well-conceived album and more than casually ambitious”, wrote Nate Chinen of the New York Times. In 2012, he returned with his sophomore release, Nick Vayenas, on Whirlwind Recordings. The recording displayed his astonishing breadth of skills on trombone, trumpet, and vocals as well as his unique composing and arranging style. “One of the most impressive of Whirlwind issues, showcasing a multi-talented individual likely to appeal to a wide constituency of jazz fans, 4 stars”, said Jazz Journal. Nick’s latest album Flow Motion was released in late 2017 and features him teaming up with saxophonists Dayna Stephens and Patrick Cornelius on a set of original music.

Featured Piano player
Mike Kanan
Mike Kanan hails from Boston, MS where he first began to play the piano at age 7. He started improvising at the keyboard early on, and by age 10 he was listening to jazz. His first instructor was pianist Harvey Diamond, a student of jazz innovator Lennie Tristano. During his years at Boston College, Michael had the opportunity to perform with several jazz greats including Tal Farlow, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, and Alan Dawson. After graduating college and doing some freelance work around Boston, he moved to New York in 1991 to study with another Tristano student, the pianist Sal Mosca. He established himself in New York, playing and recording with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, and Jorge Rossy, among others. He also developed a growing reputation as a vocal accompanist. In 1996, he joined the band of legendary singer Jimmy Scott, touring the US, Europe, and Japan and recording 4 CDs. In 2001, Michael became the accompanist and arranger for one of today’s most celebrated vocalists, Jane Monheit. With Ms. Monheit’s group, he has toured all over the world, recorded several CDs and DVDs, and made many TV appearances, including The David Letterman Show and The Conan O’Brien Show.

Featured Guitar player
Perry Smith
Perry Smith combines the tradition of Jazz with broad influences from contemporary music to create his signature style. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he leads his own groups and is a sideman for local and touring artists. Smith’s extensive performance resume includes notable venues and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC & Tokyo), The Village Vanguard (NYC), Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center (NYC), Montreal Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Jazz a la Calle (Uruguay), Rochester Jazz Festival, Philippine International Jazz Festival, The Healdsburg Guitar Festival and Yoshi’s Jazz Club. In 2018 Smith released his third album as a leader New Angel on his very own label Smith Tone Records. The project features 10 original compositions for his quintet featuring Jon Irabagon (sax), Glenn Zaleski (piano), Matt Aronoff (bass) and Allan Mednard (drums). The music expands on the traditions of jazz with a fresh approach to modern composing and improvising. Smith is an active player in the greater New York jazz scene and hosts a weekly series in Brooklyn called The Nest Session. Every Wednesday he performs with a different group of NYC’s finest jazz musicians. The Nest Session is generously supported by a grant from in conjunction with the Jazz Foundation of America. In addition to leading his own projects and working as a sideman, Smith is a founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group. NWGG has been performing internationally for over 10 years and they are recognized as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the country. In 2005, Smith received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he studied guitar with jazz legend Joe Diorio. In 2011 he completed his Masters in Music at New York University studying with the great John Scofield. Smith was named the “Outstanding Graduate” for 2011 in the NYU Jazz Department.

Featured Guitar player
Bobby Tate
Bobby Tate has been in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. Having been involved in so many aspects of the industry, his awareness of audiences and the actual “art of entertainment” has served him and his audiences well. Over the years, Bobby has worked as a performing musician/entertainer, a studio musician, a show producer and record producer. From LA to New York, from Las Vegas to Miami, he has honed his skills and is now using those skills to entertain audiences here in the Central Florida area. In addition to his live performances, Bobby works in his recording studio with other musicians and singers.

Featured Piano player
Carey Frank
Carey Frank is originally from South Florida and now lives in Los Angeles, CA. He is fortunate to be an active musician, working as a soloist and with various other musicians, genres, and groups. He has worked with the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Hot Tuna, The Wood Brothers, Marty Morell, Ndugu Chancler, Marshall Tucker Band, Eric Marienthal, Jane Monheit, Munyungo Jackson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Goldings, Lenny Picket, T Lavitz, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Josh Smith, Eric Gales, Drake Bell, and Bob Mintzer. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Carey had a residency with Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando, FL. Carey received his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Central Florida and was a scholarship recipient from the Gold Coast Jazz Society and the Central Florida Jazz Society. He later received his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California, studying with Russell Ferrente (Yellowjackets), Alan Pasqua, and Peter Erskine. While completing the final semester of his Masters, Carey released his self-produced debut album, Keep Smiling, a #1 best seller on Amazon Music in Cool Jazz. In 2017 Carey subbed for Kofi Burbridge in the Tedeschi Trucks Band for their 2017 Wheels Of Soul tour followed by smaller tours for the remainder of the year until Kofi was able to return to the band. During this time, Carey released his 2nd solo album, Something To Remember Him By featuring guitarist, Bruce Forman. Currently, Carey is an active Los Angeles and touring performing artist, recording artist, arranger, composer, and teacher. You can see him performing solo piano, Hammond organ, keyboards, and ukulele as well as performing with his bands; Strangers On a Saturday Night, Rumproller Organ Trio, The White Blinds, as well as with groups such as Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lucy Woodward, Aubrey Logan, Josh Smith, Phat Cat Swingers, and many more.

Featured Bass player
Neal Miner
Neal Miner was introduced to the world of jazz by his first teacher – his father Bill Miner, a respected jazz record collector and discographer. Bill’s love of jazz kindled a passion in his son from an early age. Bill shared the music of his vast record collection, took Neal to clubs and concerts, and ensured he received the best musical instruction. Born and raised in Manhattan, Neal received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, and attended the Manhattan School of Music. Most notable of his private teachers were classical bassist, Orin O’Brien of the New York Philharmonic, and jazz bassist, John Webber. Since the age of 19, Neal has been a solid fixture on the New York City jazz scene and is a favored bassist to a host of musicians, both rising jazz stars (Larry Goldings, Harry Allen, Russell Malone, Peter Bernstein, David Hazeltine, Dena DeRose, Ann Hampton Callaway, Loston Harris), and jazz legends (James Moody, Frank Wess, David Allyn, Eddie Locke, Etta Jones, Bob Dorough, Warren Vaché). Neal has toured and recorded with Jon Hendricks since 1998 and has been backing Annie Ross steadily at her weekly engagement at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. Since joining Jane Monheit’s band, Neal has been performing at major festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls around the world. Neal has written arrangements for and plays on Jane’s last four albums.

Featured Bass player
Edwin Livingston
Edwin Livingston was exposed to music early on. After receiving his B.M. in music performance he lived in Austin, TX and New Orleans, LA, to pursue new musical terrain. He now resides in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to a full playing, touring, and recording career he is on the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music, teaching bass and small ensembles in the jazz studies department. He is also part of the faculty of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Edwin has appeared in several feature films, including Ray, Dreamgirls, and Low Down, he has also performed on NBC LIVE Jesus Christ Superstar with John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Brandon Victor Dixon. He’s performed with Seal on The Late Show with James Corden, with Melody Gardot on Later…with Jools Holland, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, LIVE with Regis and Kelly and the A & E show Private Sessions with Queen Latifah.


Dive the world’s third largest barrier reef, hike the gorgeous Dunn’s River Falls, snorkel with stingrays and then top off your adventures listening to legendary blues and jazz in New Orleans.

Date Ports Arrival Depart
Dec 02, Sunday Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA 6:00 PM
Dec 03, Monday Bimini, Bahamas 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Dec 04, Tuesday Cruising the North Atlantic Ocean
Dec 05, Wednesday Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk, UK 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Dec 06, Thursday Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Dec 07, Friday Curaçao/Willemstad 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
Dec 08, Saturday Bonaire/Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Dec 09, Sunday Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Dec 10, Monday Ocho Rios, Jamaica 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Dec 11, Tuesday Grand Cayman/George Town, British West Indies 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Dec 12 – Dec 13 Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Dec 14, Friday New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 8:00 AM
Dec 15, Saturday New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Disembark am


Our enriching collection of Crystal Adventures are carefully developed and specifically designed for every voyage with our Crystal guests in mind. Each experience provides just the inspiration you need to write your next story, from active adventures to leisurely sightseeing. Plus, many excursions feature a Private Option allowing for a more boutique experience, and most itineraries offer a complimentary voluntourism event too.

Shore Excursion program information are typically available to view online no later than six months (180 days) prior to scheduled cruise departure. However, at times, delays may occur. So we encourage you to check back often as website updates are made regularly. Any/all activity information, if provided below, are a Preview of this cruise’s scheduled shore excursion program and available for reservation via Crystal’s Priority Check-In & Planning Center. All shore excursions and related programs are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Crystal Cruises.

Date Ports # of Excursions
Dec 03, Monday Bimini, Bahamas 3
Dec 05, Wednesday Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk, UK 11
Dec 07, Friday Curaçao/Willemstad 13
Dec 08, Saturday Bonaire/Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles 6
Dec 10, Monday Ocho Rios, Jamaica 11
Dec 11, Tuesday Grand Cayman/George Town, British West Indies 6
Dec 14, Friday New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 12