Preparations for Cayamo Cruise 2017

The Norwegian Jade

By Rob Dickens

Tomorrow I will, like many others, be boarding the Norwegian Jade at the Port of Tampa Florida for the Cayamo Music Cruise.

Some information about the cruise you may be interested in.


Cayamo History

Affectionately known as ‘A Journey Through Song’, Cayamo is celebrating its tenth voyage this year.  Its popularity has grown and now sells out each year.  Priority for booking is based on your past ‘loyalty’ – bookings start with those with the most consecutive (and current) attendance, followed by those that have sailed some time previously and, finally, newcomers who usually need to know someone to get on to the boat.

This will be my maiden voyage and, yes, I do know some people on the boat that were essential in getting me aboard.


The Boat

The Norwegian Jade is part of the Norwegian Cruise Line and is a hefty piece of equipment, with a length of almost 300 meters (1,000 feet) and a width (beam) of about 40 meters (125 feet).  It has 15 decks, carries 2,400 passengers and over 1,000 crew.


The Organisers

Cayamo is run by Sixthman which has been managing themed cruises since 2001, almost 100 of them in fact.


The Itinerary

Tampa is on the west coast of Florida and the boat does a circuit around the Gulf of Mexico.


Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Depart Tampa, FL

Monday, February 20 – Day At Sea

Tuesday, February 21 – Day At Sea

Wednesday, February 22 – Cozumel, Mexico

Thursday, February 23 – Roatán, Honduras

Friday, February 24 – Day At Sea

Saturday, February 25 – Day At Sea

Sunday, February 26 – Arrive Tampa, FL


The Line-Up

There are over 130 performances during the voyage.

Plus there are songwriting workshops (with Steve Earle), guitar clinics, Thai Chi classes (with Jim Lauderdale), Sand Art tuition (with Kacey Musgraves), guest jams, beer tasting (with Paul Thorn), and Buddy and Jim’s Radio Show, to name a few.  As well as stand alone performances from the following performers, there will be special collaborations that, from what I am told, make for some unique musical events.


Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, The Wainwright Family,

Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, Buddy Miller

Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Kacey Musgraves

Paul Thorn, Shawn Mullins, Jim Lauderdale

Lee Anne Womack, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan

Will Hoge, Amy Helm, Maren Morris

North Mississippi Allstars, American Aquarium, Sam Lewis

Aaron Lee Tasjan, Gretchen Peters, Randall Bramblett

Ruby Amanfu, Skyline Motel, Gurf Morlix

Ruston Kelly, Beth Wood, Ryan Hurd

Bonnie Bishop, Christian Lopez, Brian Dunne

The Mulligan Brothers, Sarah Potenza, Trout Steak Revival


My Aim

To seek out as much music as I can.  There are many artists that I have not seen before and I am keen to catch as many of these as possible.  Just a few showcases come to mind that are must-sees – Patty Griffin with friends, a tribute to Guy Clark and seeing Rodney Crowell perform (hopefully) new tracks from his yet-to-be-released album.

I will be reporting back when on dry land.  Stay tuned for stories and pictures.  Hopefully I can get an interview or two as well.  See you on the other side!



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