Updated October 10, 2019
An extensive lineup of country, honky tonk, rockabilly and punk country artists have been announced for the fifth Outlaw Country Cruise, coming in 2020. The cruise has the extra benefit of being sponsored by Steven Van Zandt's Renegade Circus, a production company run by the musician known as "Little Steven" (famed for being a mainstay of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, as well as an actor on "The Sopranos.") Van Zandt also developed Sirius XM's Outlaw Country channel, for which the cruise is named.
The five-night, full-charter cruise sails roundtrip from Miami, January 29 to February 3, 2020. As part of the voyage, 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl will visit Key West and Falmouth.
Lineup and Highlights
The lineup for Outlaw Country V has more than 30 bands, including The Mavericks, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Shooter Jennings, Son Volt, Waco Brothers, Kinky Friedman, Bottle Rockets, Robbie Fulks and "psychobilly" musician Mojo Nixon.
Beyond the concerts, the cruise will offer SiriusXM Sessions at Sea radio show tapings, autograph sessions, theme nights (including country and pirate), activities with musicians, Renegade Cinema screenings and "guitar pull" song swaps.
The vibe is playful with occasional rowdiness. These bands might be labeled country, but many of them can rock hard. With activities like Battle Shots (a drinking version of Battleship), there's a fair amount of drinking going on. Still, it's all in good fun. Women, prepare for a facial hair onslaught: there's a Best Beard contest (for men). Outlaw Country is one of the SiriusXM stations that has a label for explicit language, so expect a fair amount of f-bombs.
Who Would Like It
Steven Van Zandt defined his Outlaw Country channel as "a sanctuary for the freaks, misfits, rebels, and renegades of country music," so you're likely to find more alternative lovers of country music than you would at, say, a Blake Shelton concert. The artists on Outlaw Country might have a twang, but their songs are considerably darker and perhaps snarkier than straightforward flag-and-apple-pie country music that dominates the charts.
How to Book
This cruise is run by Sixthman, a theme cruise operator owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Bookings are done via the Outlaw Country Cruise website. This cruise does sell out so you're advised to get on the pre-sale mailing list.
Want even more info about music at sea? Check our page on music theme cruises.