Trombone Shorty, Keb Mo and more aboard the Big Easy Cruise

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New artists additions have been announced for the highly anticipated second sailing of the Big Easy Cruise, which will set out Jan. 5 – 12, 2025.
The voyage will depart from Ft. Lauderdale and will make stops in Key West, Belize City and Cozumel on the luxurious Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam.

Keb Mo (photo by Jeremy Cowart)


Keb’ Mo’, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Tin Men, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Chambers DesLauriers, Sugaray Rayford, and New Orleans based artist Frenchy will be joining an already stellar line-up of artists.

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The 2025 Big Easy Cruise will feature 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 & the Zydeco Hellraisers, John “Papa” Gros, Sierra Green and The Giants, 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.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones (photo by Paige Sara)


On the culinary side, The Big Easy Cruise 2025 is excited to welcome back Chef Kevin Belton. Chef Belton was recognized as one of the top 20 Louisiana chefs by the American Culinary Federation in 2014 and recognized by the American Culinary Federation as a Louisiana Culinary Legend in 2018.
StarVista Live announced a new partnership to benefit the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation (NOJHF) for their 2025 Big Easy Cruise. Launched in 1970, the NOJHF is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (aka Jazz Fest), but when Jazz Fest is over, the foundation’s most important work continues year-round. With the support of grants, donations, and funds raised from their numerous events, the NOJHF promotes, preserves, and honors the music, culture, and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs, and other cultural, educational, civic, and economic activities.

Allman Betts Band (photo by Kaelan Barowsky)


“For StarVista Live, it’s just as important to be an active and supportive part of the community as delivering a great experience to the fans,” says StarVista Live President Mike Jason. “We want to continue our dedication to the community as well as the culture, the music and food of New Orleans. Our goal is to generate funding for and contribute our time to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation for their great work throughout the year.’
The Big Easy Cruise is a New Orleans music festival at sea. Cruisers soak up great music, mouth-watering food and great vibes for a full week. 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 more.

Happenings Magazine readers get special savings on their
cabin prices. Use promo code “HAPPENINGS” when you book online or on the phone.
For more information, visit www.BigEasyCruise.com/happenings or call 855-923-7456.

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