‘Get Ready’ Series

Time to Begin Planning for The Michael McDonald & Patti LaBelle Cruise

The Michael McDonald & Patti LaBelle Cruise sails on April 10, 2024 (173 Days from Now)!

Over the next few months, we will be sharing some ideas and undertakings for you to consider during your personal planning. The first is determining whether you will need hotel accommodations on the night before embarkation and whether you wish to use Jazz Cruises’ coach transportation to the pier.

Other notices will discuss the purchase of amenity packages, embarkation day procedures, theme nights, dining options and more.

Hotel & Ground Transportation Information

Jazz Cruises Recommends Arriving in Miami the Day BEFORE Embarkation.

Jazz Cruises highly recommends that guests arrive the day before embarkation in order to alleviate stress from any potential travel delays or issues. Though many of our guests stay that night in the Miami area with friends and family, most secure hotel accommodations.

Hotel Rooms at the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon

A limited number of hotel rooms are available under Jazz Cruises block at the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon. Click here to learn more about the hotel, view pricing and make your reservation.

Please note that Jazz Cruises block may or may not be the best offer for a hotel room at the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon.  Click here for a list of other potential hotels. This list includes hotels that are highly rated and some that are more cost effective.

Ground Transportation from Hotel to the Pier on Embarkation Day

Regardless of where you stay the night before embarkation, you may elect to purchase Jazz Cruises exclusive coach transportation to the pier on Embarkation Day. The coaches will leave from the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon at designated times with the goal of having guests arrive at the pier no later than 1:00pm.

Your luggage will be loaded onto the motor coach by our team, and you will be assisted at the pier by the cruise line porters. No tips or lifting necessary! Coach transportation from the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon to the pier costs $30/person, with advanced reservation required by Friday, February 2, 2024 or until space is fully reserved. Ground Transportation is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Guests may register for the Pier Transfer now by completing the transportation form.

You will receive an email confirmation with further instructions regarding this transfer approximately 15 days prior to the cruise. The fee will be added to your account under your reservation.

Please note: Jazz Cruises’ ground transportation is offered on embarkation day only. If you would like to purchase ground transportation for your disembarkation day from the port to the airport, Norwegian Cruise Line offers shuttle services that you may purchase once reservation numbers are distributed in the coming months.

Complimentary Ground Transportation from Select Florida Locations

Jazz Cruises is providing complimentary round-trip coach transportation originating in Tampa and The Villages.

The Tampa transport includes stops in Sarasota and Naples. This route is fully reserved, but you can join the waitlist by registering here. If a sufficient number of guests join, another coach may be added to the program.

The Villages includes stops in Orlando and West Palm Beach. A limited number of seats are available, please be sure to register here. More details on timing and location of the pick-up will be forthcoming.

Please note: A stateroom reservation is required when you reserve your space on the coach.

The Michael McDonald & Patti LaBelle Cruise

The Michael McDonald & Patti LaBelle Cruise sails on April 10, 2024 (75 Days from Now)!

Over the next couple months, we will be sharing some ideas and undertakings for you to consider during your personal planning. The next step is verifying the details on your reservation.

Future notices will discuss the purchase of amenity packages, embarkation day procedures, theme nights, dining options and more.


SAILING DATES: Wednesday, April 10 – Saturday, April 13, 2024

SHIP: Norwegian Pearl



Please review each component of your reservation carefully to ensure its accuracy and completeness.

    • Click here to view the list of amenities in your Stateroom Category.
    • “Jazz Cruises Reservation Number” will be required when communicating with Jazz Cruises regarding any aspect of your reservation.
  • NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE RESERVATION NUMBER: You will receive this information 60 days prior to Embarkation Day (when Norwegian’s “My NCL” Platform opens).


Below are tasks that may require either prompt attention or some lead time in completing. The sooner you address these issues, the easier it will be to complete them.


If you participate in the Latitudes Rewards Program, Norwegian Cruise Line will recognize your status and you will earn additional points for sailing on The Michael McDonald/Patti LaBelle Cruise, but we need to submit your Latitudes Number on your behalf. Please complete this form before Friday February 2, 2024 to add your Latitudes Rewards ID Number to your reservation.


Please confirm that the first and last names on your passport or government-issued ID match the first and last names on your cruise reservations to ensure that you will be permitted to board the ship. It is your responsibility to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. JAZZ CRUISES HIGHLY RECOMMENDS U.S. CITIZENS TRAVEL WITH A VALID PASSPORT. Click here to view the complete list of required travel documents for U.S. and Non-U.S. citizens.


Your complimentary cruise T-shirt will be available on the ship. Please verify the size(s) we have included in your reservation (listed above). If you desire to modify any of the sizes listed, please email us at info@mcdonaldlabellecruise.com. Any changes or modifications must be submitted to us no later than Friday, February 2, 2024.


If you have not already planned your arrival into the Miami area, now is the time to start preparing. We highly recommend that guests arrive the day prior to embarkation in order to alleviate stress from any potential travel delays or issues.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 is Embarkation Day. Historically, boarding begins at 11:30 AM and all aboard time is 3:00 PM. Starting at 21 days prior to Embarkation Day, you may login to your “My NCL” account and select your Port Arrival Time. For the most efficient embarkation, guests are required to arrive at the terminal during their selected window.

The ship returns to port by 7:00 AM on Saturday, April 14, 2024. Due to the time it takes to clear Customs and Immigration at the cruise terminal, it is difficult to estimate what time you will be able to depart for the airport.

However, if you are willing to carry your own luggage off the ship, you may be able to leave the port as early as 7:30 AM, if disembarkation proceeds without issue. To be safe, we do not recommend any flight scheduled prior to 12:00 PM from Miami airport or 1:00 PM from the Ft. Lauderdale airport.

More information/recommendations for Planning Your Trip can be found here.


It is popular among Jazz Cruises guests to purchase an Internet Plan, Beverage Packages, Shore Excursions, Specialty Dining, Spa Treatments, Photo Packages and other packages before boarding the ship. There is no central location on the ship for completing these purchases so doing so requires standing in several lines.

Most guests complete their purchases by using “My NCL,” Norwegian Cruise Line's online program that allows you to complete all your purchases from home usually at prices lower than what is offered on the ship. In mid-February, we will provide you with your Norwegian Cruise Lines Reservation Number for the cruise which is all you need to initiate your “My NCL” Pre-Cruise Planner and begin to make these purchases.


Jazz Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line have worked together to offer a special 40% discount on the Beverage Package for those guests who complete their purchases in “My NCL” for the the first 30 days after the platform opens (February 10, 2024). These discounts will expire on March 11, 2024. After this time, the price of the Beverage Package will increase, so be sure to take advantage of this special, limited time offer.


In May 2023, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency. At this time, all guests are welcome to sail regardless of vaccination status and will no longer be required to provide proof of pre-departure testing to board. Despite this good news, Norwegian Cruise Line will continue to implement many of the safety recommendations that were added due to the Pandemic in a continued effort to make sailing as healthy and safe as possible.

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