Article Contributed by All Eyes Media | Published on Wednesday, January 24, 2024

After the success of the inaugural Big Easy Cruise in November 2023, a new voyage will sail on January 5 – 12, 2025 from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West, Belize City and Cozumel on the luxurious Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam. Joining the fest will be icons inspired by the New Orleans music scene, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Allman Betts Band, Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, The Soul Rebels, Marcia Ball, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Blind Boys of Alabama, Louisiana’s LeRoux, Bender Brass Band, Bonerama, John Boutté, Minx Burlesque, Johnny Sansone, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, John “Papa” Gros, Sierra Green, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, J’Wan Boudreaux and more for a musical gumbo of over 75 live performances and more than 20 interactive artist events.  Acclaimed, genre-defying artist Cole Williams will be joining Big Easy Cruise as co-host and respected veteran New Orleans music journalist Keith Spera will return as co-host in 2025.

“The first Big Easy Cruise exceeded all of our expectations,” said Mike Jason, President of StarVista LIVE. “The music was incredible, our special activities with the artists were like nothing experienced anywhere else and everyone onboard came together to create a close-knit community bound by our love for the spirit and the music of New Orleans. It was a festival with all the comforts and world-class amenities that a luxury Holland America ship provide. We can’t wait to get out on the ship and do this again in 2025!"

A true New Orleans music festival at sea, fans soak up great music, mouth-watering food and nothing but good vibes on the Big Easy Cruise. Artists across R&B, blues, rock, jazz, swamp pop, and even brass bands are hand-selected to deliver the sounds of the city every day and night. One-of-a-kind events bring guests alongside leaders, creators and innovators in music, cuisine and history for a series of events including live interviews and songwriter sessions, theme nights, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and much, much more.

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About StarVista LIVE:

StarVista LIVE creates unique entertainment experiences that bring fans together to relive their favorite moments, create new memories, and enjoy unparalleled access to the superstars they love. StarVista LIVE cruise events include the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, the Soul Train Cruise, The Country Music Cruise, The Flower Power Cruise, the ‘70s Rock and Romance Cruise, Sandy Beaches Cruise, Ultimate Disco Cruise and Beyond, The Big Easy Cruise and Abbey Road on the River festival. 

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