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    First, it's great to see so many new visitors and the return of so many old ones to this Old Bored. I'm a grizzled veteran Fester, but never done a music cruise, or any kind of cruise, before, but that changes in about a week. We miraculously got added to The Outlaw Country Cruise so we welcome any advise any of you experienced cruisers can offer. Also any assistance in paying for it.

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    Fun line-up. I am sure that you will have a good time. I have only been on one cruise, Cayamo a few years back. Coincidently enough, it was on the Pearl also. I've friends who go every year. They just love the entire experience. I discovered that for me personally, I am just not a "cruise" person. The music portion was just fine and I am confident that you will feel the same. For the "pool side" concerts I discovered that I preferred to find a rail side seat up at the bar above and behind the stage. I spent most of my time hanging out up there. Beer is phenomenally expensive and was my single largest expense, but I knew that going in and had prepared mentally for it. When I went, you could pick-up a "bucket" from the onset and keep it with you the entire trip. That is what I did. Made the concerts easier as I did not have to keep getting up from my seat. In addition, I could fill it up and take beers back to my room. I had a balcony. Balcony was ok, but small. I've friends who stay in the smallest rooms in the bottom of the ship and friends who stay in all the other varieties of rooms. I'm not sure if it matters much one way or another. Some regulars get their rooms all lined up together. Coffee sucked except for one little hidden secret spot back by the fantail kitchen. You have to look for it, it's sort of out of the way, but the coffee was much superior there. Food sucked. I hated it. I tried most of the upscale spots as well as the standard run of the mill buffets. They all reminded me of basic training in the army or hospital cafeterias. That's just me being me once again. The thing that rankled me the most was the very short time in port. We visited some very nice islands and I did copious research in order to find nice spots to visit, but the short time in port is why so many cruisers never go beyond the tacky-tacky touristy crap right at the dock. Still, your line-up is fun and it's not necessary to even leave the ship. Many don't. They just hang out and relax. Have fun and post HERE, not Facebook when you get back. NRBQ you say???
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    • #3
      There is a very active Facebook group for that cruise. You’d be well served checking it out. I’m heading out for The Rock Boat next week and your cruise is immediately after.

      I really enjoy the small crowd sizes on board (about 2k total guests) and the artist interaction. Being able to pop down to my cabin for a nap, no mud, and real bathrooms with soap are so nice for a festival.

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      • #4
        While I’ve cruised a lot it’s never been on one of the themed music cruise. The Outlaw Country looks like a great line up. A couple suggestions:
        1. travel to the port the day before the cruise if you are able. The ship will not wait on you if you run into problems with the weather or flights. Also it’s nice to start your vacation a day early and ease into the cruise.
        2. fill out your cruise paperwork beforehand to speed up embarkation in Miami. Check the paperwork to confirm the check-in window. If you show up too early you’ll be waiting for the guests on the last cruise to disembark and to late and they will not let you check-in. Typically plan to be there no later than two hours before departure time on your paperwork as they need to clear customs and that means turning in the manifest of who is aboard the ship to the coast guard and TSA.
        3. Relax as much as you can and enjoy the cruise and the festival. Their is always something going on or a band you are going to want to see. Pace yourself and don’t worry about FOMO. However if there is a specific act or thing you want to do, make that the priority and work everything else around that.
        4. Wash your hands a lot - more than you would at home - and use the hand sanitizers if they offer them. Norovirus is a real thing on cruise ships and the best defense is wash your hands because it amazes me about how many people do not. Assume everything you touch is dirty and wash those hands.
        5. if you are physically able take the stairs instead of the elevators as they often quicker as there tend to be lines at the elevators, and it helps burn the extra calories you are eating and drinking onboard. Likewise take a walk around deck during the day and at night to enjoy the ocean views. I find it incredibly relaxing and a good way to chill.
        6. if you have a balcony room order room service and eat out there if possible. Cool experience.
        7. bring small bills to tip the staff. The cruise line will add a $14.99 per person, per day charge to your shipboard account to cover gratuities for crew but if you want to tip your room steward who will be cleaning your room and making your bed everyday or the waitstaff in the dinning room, it’s nice to bring extra cash for them. Your room key is also your charge card and ID onboard. You use it to get on and off the ship, charge drinks and things you buy onboard to your shipboard account. You should be able to review the balance on the tv in your stateroom and I advise you to do so on the second to last day to make sure it’s correct in case you need to make any changes before you disembark. Much easier to fix a problem onboard than have to deal with a call center. The shipboard staff want to help if they can, the call center not so much.
        8. If you don’t have a passport make sure you bring a either your original or a state certified copy of your birth certificate and government issued photo ID. Helpful if you run into problems while off the ship at ports of call. Also plan to be back on ship at ports as again the ship wont wait unless you are on a cruise line sponsored excursion. Check ship time and land time to make sure you know what time you need to be back on the boat. The two times may be different.
        9. Have fun!
        Last edited by jpstacy2001; 4 weeks ago.

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        • #5
          Both respondees offer up good stuff. jpstacy2001 has some real practical advice. That is experienced cruiser input. I would pay strict attention. A day early really is the only way to go. And Man, that standing around while they clean the ship is tedious. I am not much for standing in lines. The balcony? I live on the ocean, see it everyday and can go out to the gulf steam whenever I choose, so my perspective is skewed.
          rigs32 mention of artist interaction is also correct. The musicians for the most part are up in cabins up by the bow, sort of a vip section for lack of a better term, but they mix and mingle according to their whims. As an example, a friend of ours went to the exercise room one morning and found herself on an exercise machine next to Emmy Lou Harris.

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          • #6
            Never been on a cruise, but I have several friends that swear by Jam Cruise, and one talks about the nearly-constant music schedule as a plus.

            Envious of the artist list! I noticed that it partially overlaps a certain alphabet-soup-named band, but that Heybale! hosted Merle Haggard set would be badass - I think a friend, Scott Joss, former fiddler for Merle & Dwight, might join in on that one as he’ll be in Kris Kristofferson’s band. Other than that, stay healthy!

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            • #7
              It's been several years, but my cruise faves are still going. Many Blues Cruises in 90's and later(both names for the cruise}, Delbert many times, Cayamo (some great, but some of it is boring) and the onshore show at the casino in Miami before the Outlaw Cruise several years ago. Anyhow, I'm jealous I'm not on the Outlaw Cruise this year. I love Jesse Dayton's music and the rest of the lineup reads like my "Who should Jazzfest book" list. Enjoy , enjoy, and please report back. Wish it was me. It's good to be us!

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              • #8
                Just back last Sunday from fifth consecutive Jam Cruise. Basically it is Jazz Fest on a boat. You get to see fantastic music performances with lots of sit-ins and collaborations and you don’t have to worry about logistics like Uber/Lyft or taxis. Plus, the artists eat in the same place that you do, so there are lots of opportunities for conversation. Last year I sat down with Ivan Neville and had an enlightening and hilarious 15 minute conversation with him in the buffet dining room. We were on Norwegian for 3 years, and the one thing I would say is take a zero tolerance drug policy seriously. Last year, a bunch of people got removed from the boat, and because of Norwegian’s over zealous security force, we were back on MSC this year. Also, wash your hands or use hand cleaners if you eat in the buffet. Honestly, I really can’t imagine going on a regular, non-music cruise. Have a blast!

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                • #9
                  Sounds like a blast, but it might be prudent to bring along ample provisions for any possible contingency, as I once watched a documentary about some luckless tourists (I think among them were a Movie Star, a wealthy retired couple, a Professor and an attractive young Dominatrix) who went out on what was advertised as a "Three Hour Tour" but sadly ended up shipwrecked on a deserted island and didn't get rescued for many years. (in fairness, the First Mate was apparently secretly addicted to synthetic Lithuanian Angel Dust, the use of which caused him to bungle countless opportunities at early liberation from their tropical island prison)
                  Last edited by MormonMatthew; 3 weeks ago.

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                  • #10
                    Do not miss Sarah Borgess.She is awesome

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                    • #11
                      Watch this before you go:

                      https://www.adultswim.com/videos/squ...muscadine-wine

                      The Squidbillies on the Outlaw Country Cruise with Unknown Hinson (of course) and Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Nikki Lane, Shooter Jennings, Elizabeth Cook, and Mojo Nixon.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by danlachman View Post
                        We were on Norwegian for 3 years, and the one thing I would say is take a zero tolerance drug policy seriously. Last year, a bunch of people got removed from the boat, and because of Norwegian's over zealous security force, we were back on MSC this year.
                        We took a Carnival cruise a couple of years ago to Mexico (where else?) and our friends brought weed in vape form. We vaped in their room and balcony with no problem. In fact, after vaping was the only time I actually felt the boat move

                        ...although in fairness their room was on a higher floor, so maybe that's why. Given all the partying that goes on, I would be interested to know more about the zero tolerance enforcement and wonder how indiscreet one would have to be to get thrown off the boat.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cp_deb View Post

                          ...although in fairness their room was on a higher floor, so maybe that's why. Given all the partying that goes on, I would be interested to know more about the zero tolerance enforcement and wonder how indiscreet one would have to be to get thrown off the boat.
                          I think you had to be pretty indiscreet to get kicked off, although they had security people and dogs on the boat. Allegedly, one cabin left what was described as a mountain of cocaine on their coffee table and then left it there for housekeeping to come in and clean. Allegedly. I would imagine it was a bigger issue on Holy Ship than Jam Cruise.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for all the valuable advice and suggestions, folks. I shouldn't be surprised that Threadheads come to the rescue when it comes to music and fun. Leaving port Wednesday of next week and very excited.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kemp View Post
                              Thanks for all the valuable advice and suggestions, folks. I shouldn't be surprised that Threadheads come to the rescue when it comes to music and fun. Leaving port Wednesday of next week and very excited.
                              One more comment: As I said previously, I am not a regular "cruiser" per se, but even a novice learns a bit. You have been such a friendly and favorite "Threadhead" over the years, always nice to me....a couple of "secret tips". They check your luggage for contraband so here is a suggestion. You are in Miami...right? Wear a sport coat when you board. Get a couple of grams of cocaine and just put them in your pockets. Same with booze. Couple of pints in your pockets. An ounce or two of some quality reefer tucked in your underwear or bra and your boat time will be seriously improved. You're an "Outlaw" right???

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