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Caribbean-On-Line » Caribbean Travel News » U.S. Virgin Islands » BLUES CRUISE COMING TO ST. JOHN



~ Joint venture features both off-island and on-island entertainers and aims to bring economic activity, repeat business to the Territory ~

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, January 20, 2011 - St. John will be abuzz with the sounds of Rhythm & Blues music on Wednesday, January 26 when the Eurodam anchors in Cruz Bay Harbor carrying an A-list of Blues performers and more than 2,000 Blues fans aboard "The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise", the world's only fully chartered Blues cruise. To complement the Blues performances that are scheduled on-island on Wednesday, the Department of Tourism has planned a full lineup of local entertainment, cultural activities and educational programs across St. John for both residents and visitors to enjoy.

On Wednesday morning, cruise passengers will be welcomed ashore with steel pan music, mocko jumbies, and Carnival dancers while DOT greeters distribute island information and Cruzan Rum samples. Vendors selling locally made products from baskets to hot sauces, jewelry and fruit juices will set up shop in the Franklin Powell Park to display their wares, give demonstrations and promote sales throughout the day. Between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., a cultural show featuring Cool Session Brass, two Carnival troupes, Quadrille and Salsa dancers and a limbo show will entertain all along the waterfront adjacent to the Franklin Powell Park. Meanwhile, Coral Bay will enjoy its share of entertainment as both local and visiting bands perform at Shipwreck Landing, Skinny Legs and Island Blues between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Special taxi shuttle service will be available between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay to facilitate travel between the towns. Musical activities culminate in Cruz Bay between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. with two Blues band performances.

So that local students don't miss out on all the fun, the Department of Tourism and Blues Cruise organizers have also developed a special "Blues in the Schools" program that will bring Blues musicians into the schools to speak to students and give a short performance. Julius Sprauve School, Guy Benjamin School and Gifft Hill School will all participate in the 45-minute programs starting at 12:30 a.m. at their respective campuses.

"We are delighted to welcome the passengers and performers from the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise to St. John to enjoy the natural beauty of the island and experience the array of activities St. John has to offer," said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. "By organizing cultural activities and entertainment throughout the island, we hope to create a festive and welcoming atmosphere for our visitors and spur economic opportunities for our local vendors and businesses."

Before returning to the ship, Department of Tourism greeters will distribute flyers to cruise passengers with promotional offers encouraging land-based vacations to the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition the Department will host a group of travel agents and media from Blues publications to maximize opportunities for publicity and encourage repeat sales.

The Blues Cruise has visited the Territory many times in the past, having called on St. Croix four times and twice on St. Thomas. Wednesday's visit will mark the first time the charter visits St. John. The longstanding partnership between the Department of Tourism and the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise was formalized by VI Legislative Act No. 7206, sponsored by Senator Celestino A. White, Sr., to promote tourism in the Virgin Islands, generate economic opportunities for VI businesses and encourage return stays.

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