James Taylor: smooth singing, sailing

Today, the Queen Mary 2 leaves New York for its traditional Atlantic crossing to jolly ol’ England. This is one Cunard cruise that is guaranteed to be smooth.

Even if the big ship encounters choppy waters, the smooth and silky voice of James Taylor will soothe the expected 2,500-plus passengers roaming her decks. This is five years after Taylor first performed on the QM2 and he joined a list that includes giants of the genre: James TaylorRod Stewart, Lenny Kravitz and the late Dave Brubeck.

On his last Queen Mary 2 sailing,Taylor played to standing-room audience although, to be fair, on a cruise ship with fewer than 3,000 passengers that’s not as big a deal. If he played to a crowd of 3,000 on the shore, critics would say he’s done.

Which Taylor is not.

Besides being gifted, he’s clever. The Taylor troupe will play on the ship, probably twice, and then parlay their Transatlantic cruise into a 17-city tour that ends, coincidentally, in London’s Royal Albert Hall on October 8. (November 12 return). Too bad he couldn’t find a cruise ship on which to perform for the trip home to Massachusetts.

We searched for him.

The best we could find was the Celebrity Infinity, which leaves Harwich on October 13, and Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, which departs Southampton two days after that. Both cruise companies are owned by Royal Caribbean International.

Cunard might not understand.

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Holland America Ryndam
15 nights
November 1, 2014
Barcelona, Cartagena, Malaga, Cadiz, Ponta Delgada, Tampa
Oceanview: $822
Cost per day: $54
www.hollandamerica.com

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