Outlaw Country Cruise 2023

Outlaw Country Cruise 2024

FEBRUARY 04-10, 2024


Set your watch to island time and your heart to the lilts of mandolins for this Caribbean cruises’s 8th country-fried installment.

With its line-up of trailblazers and musical renegades, Outlaw Country Cruise dares you to embrace your inner rebel. If that means also enjoying full amenities on a six-day cruise, well, lucky you. Every hour is happy hour, as the website says, directly above a giant counter listing the exact number of days until “your best vacation ever.” See our coverage of last year’s festival here. 

This time around, heavy-hitters like Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle will return, in addition to dozens of other performances across the ship’s five stages, including tribute shows, guitar pulls and special tapings for Sirius XM. In-between all the boot stomping sets and heavy drinking, should you feel yourself flagging, seek out Jim Lauderale, who will be holding Tai Chi and Qigong exercises during the daytime. For the more creatively inclined, register for Steve Earle’s song-writing workshop, Camp Copperhead. 

Whether it’s Tyler Childers’s song of romance among two male coalminers, “In Your Love,” or Oliver Anthony’s controversial “Rich Men North of Richmond,” much has happened in Outlaw Country since the boat last set sail. Like those two songs, the genre is not known for mincing words, and is sometimes politically fraught. With its origins in anti-establishment and unconventional country stars of the seventies like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Lynyrd Syynyrd, Outlaw country is more an attitude than a set agenda of beliefs, meaning a wide range of people find home within it. All of this is well-worth keeping in mind for potential attendees.

The Specs

  • The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship has a capacity of 2,394.
  • The cruise is sold out at the time of this writing. But as cancellations do occur, you are encouraged to join the waiting list.
  • Prices vary depending on room location and number of guests. The lowest room price is $995, the highest is $11,649. 
  • Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to Miami here.


What’s the closest airport to the cruise’s port of departure?

Miami International Airport is only a 10 minute, eight mile drive from the ship’s departure location, the port of Miami. 

Is Outlaw Country Cruise ADA accessible?

Norwegian Cruise Lines is accessible and does provide accommodations. For further information, contact the Norwegian and Sixthman Guest Services through the festival’s website.  

What does my ticket include?

All concerts, meals, basic beverages, and all ship amenities. Alcohol, soda, and room service is available for additional purchase. 

What is the cancellation policy? 

All deposits are non-refundable, unless additional travel protection is purchased. This is encouraged.

What’s the lineup?

Blackberry Smoke, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Nikki Lane, 49 Winchester, Shinyribs, Mary Gauthier, Jesse Dayton, Elizabeth Cook, Kaitlin Butts, Vandoliers, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Los Straitjackets, Jim Lauderale, Dale Watson and His Lone Stars, Chuck Mead, Jason Ringenberg & His Barnstormers, The Warner E. Hodges Band, Rosie Flores & The Talismen with Earl Slick, Dash Rip Rock, Tav Falco, Lillie Mae, Laid Back Country Picker, Sarah Gayle Meech, Jesselee Jones and Brazilbilly, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Kristi Rose & Fats Kaplin, Jaimee Harris, Carlie Overbey, Raelyn Nelson Band, Roger Alan Wade and Honky Tonk CIA, Emily Gimble, Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Wade Sapp, Unbepamen, Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors. 


BY Sébastien Luc Butler