Cruise News: Alabama & Lynyrd Skynyrd

We’ve got two cruises to talk about. Lynyrd Skynyrd has set dates for its seventh edition of its “Simple Man Cruise” and Alabama has announced the inaugural voyage of  the “Alabama & Friends Festival At Sea.”

Both cruises are brought to you by Sixthman and will travel via Norwegian Pearl from Miami to the Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas – Great Stirrup Cay.

The Simple Man Cruise takes place first, scheduled Oct. 20-24. In addition to setting sail for Great Stirrup Cay, Lynyrd Skynyrd is also making a stop in Key West, Fla.  

The itinerary includes a Lynyrd Skynyrd Sail Away Concert on the pool deck, a main theatre performance and a Q&A with the band. Additional performers, theme nights and artist-hosted activities will be announced in the coming months.

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American Country Awards, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Fares – which include entertainment, meals and access to the Norwegian Pearl’s amenities – start at $700 per guest, plus taxes and fees.

Simple Man Cruise 2012 alumni can book their rooms now. Alumni who didn’t sail in 2012 should register by Jan. 27 to book the week of Jan. 30.
All other fans can sign up for the presale now through Feb. 7 to book the week of Feb. 12. Fans who reserve their stateroom during the presale will get to take a photo with the band during the cruise.

The public onsale is March 15.  

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"Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival," Empire Polo Field, Indio, Calif.

After the Simple Man Cruise returns to Miami, the Alabama & Friends Festival At Sea gets going right away. Scheduled Oct. 24-28, the adventure’s additional destination is Nassau, Bahamas.

Alabama’s schedule includes two outdoor concerts and performances from each of the individual band members. Guests will also get an opportunity to take a photo with the band. Alabama is celebrating its 40th anniversary by inviting more than a dozen other acts along for the fun.

Details about the other acts, artist-hosted activities, theme night information, contests, activity details and more will be announced soon.

Fares start at $750 per guest, plus taxes and fees.

Fans can register now to take part in the presale, which begins booking as early as Feb. 6. The public onsale is March 20.  

The Norwegian Pearl comes with a wide range of entertainment choices including a bowling alley, a rock climbing wall, basketball courts, a full-service casino, two pools, four hot tubs and a spa. With 13 bars and lounges as well as 19 dining experiences to pick from, there are also plenty of options when it comes to eating and drinking.    

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