A Closer Look: What Song is Best for Sailaway?

June 23, 2014 | By | 35 Comments

Sailaway party on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas
What feelings would “My Heart Will Go On” – the Titanic theme tune – evoke if you heard it as you sailed out of port: Happy, excited – or extremely nervous?
Apparently, there are quite a few of you who would like to listen to that particular soundtrack during the sailaway party, at least according to the Cruise Critic forums. We’re comfortable with the stirring sounds of “Conquest of Paradise” by Vangelis, beloved by Star Clippers, or “Amazing Grace,” played by Island Windjammers.
So what’s music to your ears? It’s a cruising question posed by member asdf12 that elicited interesting suggestions on the forums.
Plenty of people agree that Celebrity’s sailaway song of choice, Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” really hits the spot. Member Ahh’s first pick would be silence, but concurs that most instrumental movie soundtracks work well, including Braveheart, King Arthur, The Mission, Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, and the aforementioned Titanic.
And if any cruise lines are looking for a new sailaway song, other members have plenty of water-logged ideas, including Boney M’s “Rivers of Babylon,” Blondie’s “The Tide is High,” the Beach Boys’ “Catch a Wave” and, a nice alternative one here, Led Zeppelin’s “Ocean.”
(Read this thread for an interesting look at what sailaways were like in “the good old days”).
Music choice isn’t just an issue at sailaway. Once the cruise begins, it’s not just me who packs up their towel and leaves the pool when loud music starts booming. I’ve got allies in Paint Horse, who “enjoys silence in most cases and in most locations”, and Seafarer who posted: “Other than in lounges and theaters, music on a cruise ship can be very intrusive, especially if you’re trying to have a quiet meal or conversation in dining areas, or relax by the pool.”
(Remember, if the onboard music isn’t to your satisfaction, you can always head to the karaoke night and sing to your heart’s content, or put in a request to the entertainers).
So would you prefer to kill music by the pool or are you happy to let the band (er, DJ) play on? Tell us what music or songs you’d like to hear – or pull the plug on – during sailways and at sea.
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    35 Responses to “A Closer Look: What Song is Best for Sailaway?”

    1. Brian
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

      “Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darrin.

    2. Larry Hanken
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

      Come Sail Away – Styx

    3. Mary Beth
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

      I am such a geek. Last winter when we were on the Royal Princess and we left port they played the theme from the Love Boat on the ship’s whistle. I waited for it every time. We got such a kick out of it!!!!

    4. sherry
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

      I don’t remember who sings it , but my choice is —- come sail away with me

    5. Marie Allen
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

      Rod Stewart s Sailing .Its in my mind ever time we sail

    6. Stevan
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

      The sail away party is very important to me.
      I like to get the party started ASAP !!!
      Love getting crazy and wild and having a great time. I have dance in the rain for sail away it was a blast. Remember you there to have a great time and release let loose and ENJOY!!!!

    7. Stevan
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

      The sail away party is very important to me.
      I like “Lets get the party started” ASAP !!!
      Love getting crazy and wild and having a great time. I have dance in the rain for sail away it was a blast. Remember you there to have a great time and release let loose and ENJOY!!!!

    8. Sue
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

      Come Sail Away by Styx!

    9. Sue
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

      “Come Sail Away” by Styx

    10. Susan Mills
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

      Music at the pool is fine as long as it’s to my liking and not too loud. So being that my style may not be your style, it’s probably best to not play it. Although I would rather hear music than kids screaming or people swearing. A constant background noise – light music, is great if your trying to read a book.

    11. fran
      June 23rd, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

      What else but Happy by Parrell Williams

    12. Andrea
      June 24th, 2014 @ 12:35 am

      on the German AIDA Cruise Line they play always ‘Orinoco Flow’ by Enya.
      It’s a Great Moment!

    13. Amy
      June 24th, 2014 @ 1:41 am

      When leaving home port – I would like to hear the Beach Boys’ Kokomo (sp?). As for the pool, I would prefer to hear piped in music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Loud enough to be heard, but not so loud you can’t talk to the person next to you or read a book. Sometimes, I find the live bands to be way too loud and not so great! Most of the time, I just feel wonderful because I am on a cruise. Therefore, I can deal with any type of music, but for me the PERFECT CRUISE MUSIC would be what is listed above!!!!

    14. merseychic
      June 24th, 2014 @ 2:42 am

      The Robinson Cruso theme tune

    15. Edbynumbers
      June 24th, 2014 @ 11:53 am

      Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” is the Crystal Cruises’ sail away song, I will be very surprised if Celebrity plays the same song for their sail away . . . but I will know in 12 days when we sail out of NY aboard the Summit.

    16. VTer
      June 24th, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

      It depends on the port. Andrea Bocelli singing “Time to Say Goodbye” when sailing from Italy. Beach Boys for the Caribbean.

    17. Dennis
      June 24th, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

      best for me is –
      Hot Hot Hot – Arrow (Soca)

      love bouncing to this as we leave—

    18. Sal
      June 25th, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

      I will never forget sailing out of Venice, Ital on the Grand Princess and they played Time to say Goodbye (celine and andrea singing) and then followed that up with The Prayer. If that didnt bring a tear to your eyes you were basically comatose. It was a sail-away to remember.

    19. Nick
      June 25th, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

      Sailing …. by Christopher Cross comes to mind

    20. Bon
      June 25th, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

      “Happy” of course

    21. Terry Condon
      June 25th, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

      The first and only, Love Boat Theme :)

    22. Yayamn
      June 25th, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

      We like Hot Hot Hot too.

    23. glenn
      June 25th, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

      Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville”

    24. Francis Lasndry
      June 25th, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

      Sailing–Christopher Cross

    25. Jim
      June 25th, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

      Pharrel Williams… Happy

    26. Eileen
      June 25th, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

      TIME TO SAY GOODBYE is definitely the song for leaving a port (any port) by Andrea Bocelli-It
      is beautiful.It is sooo romantic.

    27. David
      June 26th, 2014 @ 6:40 am

      “Happy” by Pharell Williams would certainly set the proper tone for me! I hum the Titanic Theme as we board the ship and the Love Boat is never far behind!

    28. Ken
      June 26th, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

      “If I had a boat” by Lyle Lovett

    29. Ann B
      June 27th, 2014 @ 11:55 am

      Time to Say Good Bye by Andrea Bocelli.

    30. ryba
      June 27th, 2014 @ 1:17 pm


    31. Paula
      July 1st, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

      I like the theme song for Pirates of the Caribbean .

    32. Ken Martin
      July 7th, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

      I love the song that the waiters sin in the MDR on the last night to the tune of “I’m Leaving on a jet plane” they substitute Cruise Ship for Jet Plane. But definitely on the lido deck more Caribbean steel drum music and cut out the hip hop and head banger dj’s

    33. Denise Fernandes
      January 12th, 2015 @ 12:39 pm

      It depends on the cruise. If you are taking a Mexican cruise, then latin music but if you are doing a caribbean cruise, then definitely sounds of the Caribbean, ie, Hot, Hot, Hot by Arrow, Follow the Leader, The Electric Slide, Dollar Wine by Taxi, Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffet ie Margaritaville, etc. The sail away party should be just that a PARTY!! with dancing and a celebration of the trip you are about to take. It gets the people excited about their journey and where they are about to visit.

    34. Amburn Hague
      April 30th, 2015 @ 6:26 pm

      The theme from “The High and The Mighty”

    35. nath
      August 8th, 2015 @ 3:34 am

      My sailaway party mix sample list:
      All aboard by alantik
      Sea cruise by cliff richard & the shadows
      Where the boat leaves from by zac brown band
      Knee deep by zac brown band
      Vacation by alvin & the chipmunks
      Orinoco flow by celtic women
      Sailing by s.w storm
      Sailaway by tracy d
      l’ll be ready by jimi jamison
      Bang on the drum all day by todd ruddgren
      I wanna rock n roll all nite by KISS
      rock the boat by forrest
      Celebration by dj bobo
      Footloose by glee
      Hot hot hot by crossfire
      YMCA by the village people
      Choco choco chocolate by soul control
      Kitty cat by square one
      Under the sea by raven symone
      Party all night by trudy trudiva
      lucy by destra
      Uptown funk by mark ronson
      Dancing on the ceiling by lionel richie & rascal flatts
      Give it up by cut n move
      Cotton eye joe by rednex
      Help is on its way by little river band
      Waterfall wet me by krosfyah

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