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Symphony Jazz Cruise

May 2, 2013

uver, Canada to board the Crystal Symphony. The ship is full and we will head down the Pacific coast ; Victoria, Canada; Seattle; San Francisco; Santa Barbara, and home in LA. To tell the truth I’m not that interested in the ports, but this is a JAZZ cruise featuring some top players. As former jazz drummer, ( obop shabam a flooglemop) this will be a real treat for me. The special star will be Benny Golson.

Almost a year to the date my brother and I sailed Symphony from Los Angeles to New York.  Some changes have been made to this lovely ship since then. It is now all inclusive……food, booze,


etc. And it’s been redone, not that it needed it, but I will take some photos to show you how lovely she is.

I’m on Alaska Air and landing at estimated 5:43 PM.

A lovely trip flying over numerous lakes. Who knew?


It’s been awhile since I’ve been through Canadian customs and the taxi takes about 40 minutes and $40 to get to the ship. I have a meeting at 7:00 PM. Good luck eh.

Landed on time; immigration was a breeze. Taxi, a lovely newer car with a driver who knew his way around, well, everything. Lines of traffic? Zip, zoom, side roads, alleys and back on main highway, traffic far behind. I was enchanted by the huge Victorian homes along the way.

I made it into the meeting at exactly 7:00, had a flute of Champagne with Vancouver media and blown away  by Anthony Salazar, a close up magician from the Magic Castle.  Crystal now features the Magic Castle at Sea. Incredible!

Dinner in the Sushi Bar was as much as you want for as long as you want.


I stayed more than a little while, then to bed. We have a short voyage to Victoria during the night.