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1st Playboy Jazz Cruise to Set Sail Next January

The relationship between Playboy and jazz goes back to the Hugh Hefner-hosted Playboy After Dark series, which aired from 1969 to 1970. Then there’s the Playboy Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last month. Now, Playboy adds cruises to its jazz side with the inaugural Playboy Jazz Cruise, setting sail on Jan. 25, 2009.

Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves and Keb’ Mo’ are among several of the artists scheduled to perform, with Marcus Miller (pictured) serving as cruise host. The rest of the lineup features Poncho Sanchez, James Moody, Roy Hargrove, James Carter, Eldar, Roberta Gambarini, New Birth Brass Band and comedian Alonzo Bodden.

The ship, Holland America’s m/s Westerdam, which has a 1,848-passenger capacity, will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at 5 p.m. on Jan. 25, returning on Feb. 1.

Along the way, the ship will port in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Nevis Island; St. Barth’s Island and Half Moon Cay on Little San Salvador Island. Each port-of-call offers different activities, including museums, flamenco tours, snorkeling, scuba diving, rainforest visits, horseback riding, swimming with stingrays and, of course, lounging on the beach.

Cruise costs vary, with the cabins ranging from $1,700 a person for a standard cabin to $7,500 a person for a penthouse suite. For more information click Playboy Jazz Cruise, or call 1-888-923-PBOY.

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