Sixthman Cruises Rocks the Boat

by  Carolyn Balk | Apr 8, 2011
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Sixthman Cruises operates a series of rockin' cruise theme itineraries that are sure to rock the boat.  Sign up for a sailing with them, and sure, you'll still find the peace that comes with being out at sea and off the grid, but certainly not any quiet.

The cruise operator is dedicated to bringing their guests together through music and travel by hiring live bands (think Bare Naked Ladies and Kid Rock, along with lesser-known bands and artists) to play and stay on board. It works, too: One-third of Sixthman’s VH1 Best Cruise Ever, one of its most popular cruises, guests are returning for more this year. Cruise destinations include Cozumel in Mexico, Turks & Caicos, Nassau in the Bahamas, St. Marteen, and more. Sixthman Cruises use ships from its partner cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line, meaning that no mainstream-cruise line comfort is forgone. If cruising, rocking, and exploring are up your ally, these may be the cruises for you.

Sailing out April 28 from Tampa to Cozumel, the 4-night VH1 Best Cruise Ever ( is perfect for a last minute getaway. The band and artist line-up this year includes The Script, Train, Lifehouse, and Colbie Caillat, as well as lesser-known bands such as The Daylights and Alpha Rev. A highlight of the itinerary in Cozumel has some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean and also access to many Mayan ruins, creating the perfect mix for history buffs and underwater junkies. This cruise features festival-style concerts, meaning standing around the stage dancing rather than sitting down and foot-tapping, and games geared to the younger crowd such as bingo, trivia, belly-flop contests, and artist-hosted flip cup.

Or, check out the Rock Boat XII, sailing out of New Orleans to Cozumel next March for five days on the Carnival Elation ship. The itinerary promotes “musical madness at sea” and already has a line-up of four bands: Ingram Hill, Bronze Radio Return, The Damnwells, and artist Michael Tolcher. The Rock Boat includes a full casino, 24-hour room service (besides their many restaurants and bars), and multiple pools.

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