Cunard heralding return of Sweet James Taylor

More than four years ago, James Taylor and his entourage crossed the Atlantic Ocean on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and everybody knows how much the passengers liked him because, seriously, who wouldn't?

Now we know that Taylor liked them.

He's going back for a reprise, as they say, next August. His appearance — it includes two Taylor concerts — will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the ship's arrival. So Happy Birthday from Sweet Baby James.

"In 2009, we realized a collective dream using that passage to transport and rehearse for our European summer tour: band, crew and family — kit and James Taylorcaboodle," he said in a press release. "It’s such a civilized way to go, and Queen Mary 2 is the last word in first-class travel."

Taylor may have been born at night, but not last night, as they also say. His band was transported to Europe for a summer tour at no cost, thanks to Cunard. His tour schedule for 2014 hasn't been posted yet, except that he's in Massachusetts in July for two concerts…and Massachusetts isn't far from where the Queen Mary 2 will depart, which is New York.

As icons go, Taylor is amazing.

It has been 43 years since Sweet Baby James, which was his second album but the one that skyrocketed him to fame. He has sold 100 million albums even though he hasn't made one in 11 years, and he is in both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. He has been decorated by countries on both sides of the ocean he'll cross next August and he joins a long list of prestigious musical performers Cunard has enlisted to entertain guests.

He's 65 and not ready for retirement, which has never been mandatory for performers, and he clearly has reached the age and sentiment with which many cruise passengers can identify. Asked about sailing across the ocean, he uttered four words that echo the love people have for Transatlantic crossings.

"Hallelejuah…no jet lag!"

Holland America Eurodam
14 nights
March 30, 2014
Fort LauderdalePonta DelgadaCadizAlmeriaCartagenaRome
Inside: $699
Cost per day: $49
www.hollandamerica.com

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