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Sixthman Announces Early 2019 Music Cruises

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Sixthman has announced the first wave of festivals at sea for the 2019 season. Fans onboard the recent sailings of The Outlaw Country Cruise, The Rock Boat, truTV’s Impractical Jokers Cruise, and Cayamo this year were treated to advance news that each will return for another voyage in 2019.

“Next year will mark a return to Florida for Sixthman as the spring cruises will depart from Tampa starting at the end of January. “Guests who enjoyed moments that make life rock on Sixthman festivals at sea in 2018 (and those that missed them) will hopefully be as excited as we are to see the first wave of announcements for our 2019 season,” explains Sixthman CEO Anthony Diaz. “We’re so proud to be bringing back so much talent, fun and adventure to our guests. 2019 is going to be another incredible year together at sea.”

The Outlaw Country Cruise

Kicking off 2019 will be The Outlaw Country Cruise 4, sailing January 27 to February 1, 2019. Hosted by Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel, the 4th sailing of the popular event will take place on Norwegian Pearl. Sailing from Tampa, the cruise will make stops in Nassau and on Norwegian’s private island Great Stirrup Cay. Artists for the 2019 cruise will be announced in the near future, and fans can register for the pre-sale at outlawcountrycruise.com.

The Rock Boat

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Known as the world’s greatest floating music festival, The Rock Boat will set sail for the 19th time from February 1-6, 2019. Hosted by Sister Hazel, Sixthman’s flagship event will again feature acts like Matt Nathanson, Plain White T’s, Red Wanting Blue, Magic Giant, Alan Doyle, Bronze Radio Return, Wild Adriatic, Sarah Potenza, Simplified, and David Ryan Harris with more artists to be announced. The Rock Boat XIX will depart from Tampa and make stops in Key West and Nassau aboard Norwegian Pearl. Fans can register for the pre-sale at therockboat.com.

truTV’s Impractical Jokers Cruise

The Impractical Jokers Cruise is returning for its third sailing of comedy and fun. Following a sold-out sailing this past year, the 2019 cruise will set sail February 6-10 aboard Norwegian Pearl. It will depart from Tampa and stop in Great Stirrup Cay. The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe again leads the way: Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano all return to the ship in 2019 as your hosts and captains of laughs, with a full list of performance to be added soon. Register for the pre-sale at impracticaljokerscruise.com.

Cayamo

Rounding out the first wave of 2019 announcements is the return of Cayamo, celebrating its 12th edition next year. The 7-day Americana and folk festival will depart February 10 from Tampa and take guests to Montego Bay, and Costa Maya before returning on February 17. Norwegian Pearl will play host to this weeklong festival, as well. Initial performers will be announced soon. You can register for the pre-sale at cayamo.com.

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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Everything Carnival Horizon, Part 10: Before You Disembark

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Hard as it is to believe, our time together exploring Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ships is coming to an end. But before that can happen, we need to take one last spin around the Carnival Horizon… just to make sure you aren’t missing anything!

How Do You Spend That Final Day?

Nobody likes to think about disembarkation, yet that seems to be what the mind winds up focusing on during those final 24 hours of any cruise. You’re not even off the ship yet, but the mind begins wandering to the work that will be waiting on your desk or the unmowed lawn waiting to be tended. Our best advice: Given that you are on a Carnival ship, do as they advice and Choose Fun for as long as you possibly can.

Sure, you’ll have to pack your suitcase eventually… but the last day of your vacation is when you should slow down enough to soak it all in. Give yourself a little extra time to sit in a quiet spot, staring out at the sea and taking mental photographs. Have a long, leisurely brunch (during which you allow yourself to have a second, and maybe even a third, Bloody Mary. Head to Cherry on Top and get one more of those amazing ice cream sandwiches, which you know you’re going to have cravings for once you get back home.

Choose your cookie. Choose your ice cream. Choose your toppings. Eat. Could anything be simpler?

One thing we’d definitely recommend you do in advance: If you have a specialty restaurant you want to enjoy that final dinner-at-sea in, make a reservation. For many people, dining at the Steakhouse, for example, is a perfect capper to their cruise. Tomorrow, they’ll be back to making their own dinner and clearing their own tables, so why not have one final high-end meal?

Go ahead, live a little… it’s the last night of your cruise!

Another thing you definitely want to make sure to do on that final evening is head to the casino to cash in any winnings you might have! One of our favorite ways to make sure we go home with a little money? Cashing out whenever we have a decent win on a slot machine, putting a fresh $20 bill in the game… and sticking those tickets into the safe in our stateroom and not touching them until the week is over. When it’s time to head upstairs on the final night and pack our bags, we grab those tickets and cash them out.

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One way we fight the melancholy that can often set in on the final day is by booking another trip, which on the Carnival Horizon can be done by visiting the future cruise desk on deck 10. Then, having put it off as long as we possibly could, we finally head back to the room and pack. After spending a fair amount of time deciding what to bring and what to leave behind during the days building up to the cruise, the packing-to-disembark process is a lot quicker and easier. You know the drill: Throw everything into the suitcase, don’t even bother folding it, taking as little time as possible.

The saddest thing ever? Seeing all the suitcases lining the hallways, waiting to be collected on that final night.

If you need any information at all about the disembarkaton process, make sure to check the Fun Times or ask at Guest Services. But don’t leave this until the last morning… trust us, the staff will have their hands full trying to get everyone off the ship so that a whole new group of passengers can board and begin their vacations! In fact, if you have anything at all you need to deal with Guest Services about, try not to wait until that last evening, because the place can become a bit of a zoo!

And remember that there is no room service available on that final morning, so if you want to grab one last free meal, you’ll have to actually leave the room… or at least convince one of your traveling companions to do so! Again, consulting the Fun Times will tell you where you can go for that final meal, whether it’s a sit-down breakfast or just grabbing some coffee to get yourself going!

Sadly, it is here that we, too, must part ways. Here’s hoping that you’ve enjoyed our special, in-depth look at the Carnival Horizon. Keep checking back for more information on not only this ship but the upcoming Carnival Panorama, which we’re already excited to explore!

 

 

 

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Property Brothers to Set Sail on Royal Caribbean Ship

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Royal Caribbean and the Property Brothers themselves, Drew and Jonathan Scott, are excited to announce a special upcoming cruise aboard Mariner of the Seas. 

Fans can join the twins this December 3 to 7 on a four-night voyage aboard the ship, which will have just completed a $90 million renovation this year. Sailing With the Scotts will include presentations with the brothers, as well as panel discussions and workshops. Attendees will also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the latest season of Brother vs. Brother, as well as a personal session of 20 Questions with Drew and Jonathan. The twins will also host shore excursions, meet & greets, photo sessions, and dance lessons, as well as their Scott Living Showroom at Sea, featuring a sneak peek of new pieces from the brothers’ own home goods collection.

photo: Sailing with the Scotts

The brothers will be donating $25 to the charity WE (formerly known as Free The Children) for each stateroom sold for this special sailing. Every $25 will provide one person with access to clean water for life in a developing community.

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Cuisine aboard the ship includes sushi, hibachi, freshly made pasta at Jamie’s Italian, and bar bites and arcade games at Playmaker Sports Bar & Arcade. The vessel will also feature the new Bamboo Room tiki lounge.

During the day, travelers can enjoy rock climbing, ice skating, surfing on the FlowRider, and the new Sky Pad – a virtual reality, bungee jumping adventure, as well as an escape room and glow-in-the-dark laser tag.

For more information on this special cruise, visit sailingwiththescotts.com.

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