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Botti at Sea II (’25) is a charter cruise program designed in the spirit and style of Chris Botti, America’s #1 selling American instrumentalist since 2004. For years, in addition to his special association with PBS, a string of #1 jazz albums going Gold and Platinum as well as Grammy® Awards, Chris has toured the world, performing over 225 nights a year with an ensemble of the most talented musicians and vocalists in the industry.

Chris has perfected the art of ensemble entertainment, using his command of the stage and easy manner to create entertainment experiences unlike that of most musicians on tour. Moving that special experience to sea is both a natural extension of his talents and an exciting catalyst for the development of a new charter cruise program.

In developing the programming and vision for the cruise, Chris was “hands on,” lending his take on performers, shows, guest events and more. You will see his imprint, and that of Jazz Cruises, at every turn.

Together in harmony, Botti and Jazz Cruises have formed a nearly perfect union with the sole goal of presenting the very best entertainment and shows in a luxurious and inclusive setting.


On most cruises, Days at Sea are for relaxing, reading and resting. Yes, you can do just that on Botti at Sea II (’25), but doing so means that you will miss out on four amazing days of entertainment and interaction with the stars of the cruise. Each Day at Sea is filled with performances, interviews, interactive events and more. These events are divided into three categories: “In Concert,” “Learn” and “Enjoy.” Evening events are also branded with those titles, but the significance is more distinct with the daytime shows.

When planning your Days at Sea, do not forget the full-service spa, workout and personal training opportunities or other, more typical cruise amenities.


Every Night is a “Night on the Town!” Botti at Sea II (’25) will present an amazing big-time show every night of the cruise that features top stars, high-end production, and exciting performances. The goal for each show is to transform the main theater into a world-class showroom and give the guests a program that would be the equivalent of a top show on land…and do that for seven consecutive nights.

The main shows are performed in the majestic Theatre, which comfortably holds half of the guests on board. For that reason, each show is performed twice each night. Guests who see the 1st Show enjoy dinner after the show. The other half of the guests dine first and then attend the 2nd Show. Main Show Schedules are determined when a Reservation is completed and is reflected in the color of each Guest’s Cruise Identification Card (BLUE or RED).


Since its first sailing in 2001, Jazz Cruises has proudly provided guests with special late-night entertainment called “Cruising After Dark.” Starting around 10:30 PM, after dinner and the Nightly Main Shows, the entire ship will be opened for more music, parties, autograph sessions, comedy, dancing and much more. Guests are encouraged to roam the ship; take in the events that they like and move from venue to venue as they desire.

Late night allows us to open an entirely new and very exciting venue. After dinner, The Cosmopolitan Restaurant becomes a lovely late-night, cabaret-style music venue. Special drinks and food are available while you sit in luxury and enjoy entertainment ranging from comedy to music to dancing.

Beyond The Music

“Enjoy” Events

Sometimes events are presented on the cruise just to have fun. We are careful not to share too much of this information now as the element of surprise is part of the excitement, but here are three types of events we produce just for the sheer enjoyment of doing so.


Have you ever wanted to see your favorite Artists compete against each other in a Family Feud style game show? Trivia contests, Name That Tune events and various dancing events are plentiful during the week. These are just a couple of the events that will take place over the course of Botti at Sea II (‘25). Be sure to bring your basketball shoes and pickleball paddles, as the Summit is equipped with an interactive sports court.


Another specialty of Botti at Sea II (’25) is our series of “Learn” events, which include one-on-one musician interviews, panel discussions, instrument seminars and tutorials, and presentations of special topics for our music lovers.


No luxury cruise program would be complete without cocktails, wine, and food. Botti at Sea II (’25) takes that to another level by pairing these events with performers who serve as hosts. It may be a Happy Hour Hang or a fine dining experience, but you can be there with your favorite performer.


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Jazz Cruises has been producing music and entertainment programs longer and in greater numbers than any charter company in the world. Though it dominates the jazz and adult music genre presented on Botti at Sea, it has also produced cruises that feature rock, country, gospel, pop music and more. From its first sailing in 2001 to its 85th sailing in 2024, Jazz Cruises has been the Gold Standard for live entertainment at sea.

Chris Botti’s brand and quest for excellence fits perfectly with the cruise philosophy of Jazz Cruises. At all times, the sound, lighting, and production elements are top notch.

The Botti at Sea II (’25) Production Team is led by Brian Rachko, who has been a part of Jazz Cruises’ programs for over 16 years. No sense in presenting great entertainment without providing the very best way to enjoy it.

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