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The cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam will dock in Frederiksted from 9 am. to 11 pm. on Wednesday, bringing with it an A list of blues performers and more than 2,000 music fans on “the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.”

The V.I. Department of Tourism has planned a lineup of local entertainment and educational programs to complement the visitors, and the Frederiksted Economic Development Association has arranged for local vendors to set up booths on Strand Street to sell crafts and local food specialties.

Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty said, “We are delighted to welcome the passengers and performers from the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise to St. Croix to enjoy the natural beauty of the island and experience the array of activities St. Croix has to offer.”

Cruise passengers will be welcomed ashore Wednesday by traditional mocko jumbies and performances by the Native Rhythm Quelbe Band and the St. Croix Heritage Dancers. DOT greeters will distribute island information and Cruzan Rum samples.

The Blues Cruise Concert begins at 3 pm. when Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights take the stage at the Verne I. Richards Memorial Park on Strand Street. The concert continues throughout the day into the evening hours with performances by R&B Connection at 4:05 pm., Chris Klein & The Boulevards at 5:15 pm., Coco Montoya at 6:25 pm., Shemekia Copeland at 7:15 pm., and the Lowrider Band rounding things off at 8:45 pm.