How to go Sailing With Kid Rock

Music-lovers rejoice over Sixthman's rock n'roll cruises
Rock the Boat
Will Byington

Rock the Boat

Basking in the sun on a pool chair aboard your ocean liner cruise, you have a mai tai in one hand, a book in  the other, when all of a sudden, you hear the all-too-familiar sound of the ship’s steel drum band. Typical tropical vacations are filled kitsch (Hawaiian print shirts, anyone?), but if you hear “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid one more time, you might just jump ship. Sound familiar? Then you need to book a ticket for a Sixthman cruise.

Sixthman offers music-lovers what they’ve always dreamed of — a vacation with their favorite bands. Creating cruises centered on the idea of bridging the gap between musicians and fans, they’ve successfully planned 4-day trips to warm waters with artists like John Mayer and Lynyrd Skynyrd. With cruises this cool, we’re surprised no one thought of doing this ages ago. So forget nightly conga lines and making it to the third round of musical chairs and take a peek at our favorites from their awesome (rockin', even) sailing schedule.

You might have to kiss summer goodbye, but fans of Slightly Stoopid, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and G. Love & Special Sauce can keep that easy feeling going on the Rombello cruise, sailing September 29th to October 3rd. Before getting on board in Tampa, Fla., we’d suggest a late lunch on land at Pelaga Trattoria. (Photo courtesy of Will Byington).

Rock n’roll all night (and party every day) on The KISS Kruise, traveling from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas from October 13th to 17th. With theme nights, a wild Halloween party, and a stopover at private island, Half Moon Cay, you’re going to need a vacation from your vacation. Onece you land back in Miami, start recuperating with an extra strong Cuban coffee at Puerto Sagua.

Forget landlocked Graceland. Instead, pay homage the King of Rock with the 5th Annual Elvis Cruise. Sailing from Jacksonville, Fla. to Nassau, Bahamas, celebrate Elvis in all his impersonated glory. Find someone to whip up the king’s favorite sandwich for lunch and enjoy tamarind-rubbed roasted prime rib for dinner. Just try not to spill on that sparkly rhinestone suit of yours. (Photo courtesy of Will Byington).

Take a holiday with Weezer and friends from January 19-23rd, and sail from Miami to Cozumel for a floating music festival. Not only do you get to witness a sweet lineup, but you'll get to try and beat the bands at bingo and flip cup on board. Rise and shine for delicious omelets and buttermilk pancakes before getting rowdy with featured acts like Yuck and Wavves, before jamming out with Weezer themselves. We bet you they’ll have you singing “Island in the Sun” before the cruise reaches home shores again.

But the mother of all cruises is Kid Rock’s 3rd Annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise. Sailing from Miami on April 26th to Half Moon Cay, and including a two-day stay on the private island, you'll want to satisfy any pre-boarding hunger pangs at Burger and Beer Joint, a Miami burger staple. What comes next has been called the throw down of the decade, so just expect the unepxected. Once you’re back, cure your hangover with a reviving beverage at Miami Juice. (Photo courtesy of Will Byington).

So let someone else enjoy their shuffleboard, chicken dinner, and a show and maybe send them a picture of you and Kid Rock competing for flip cup glory.