Outlaw Country Cruise 2023

Outlaw Country Cruise 2023

FEBRUARY 21-27, 2023


All aboard the Norwegian Pearl for the 7th Outlaw Country Cruise (because nothing says “outlaw” quite like a cruise to the Bahamas).

Outlaw Country Cruise, Stevie Van Zandt and Sithman’s at-sea music festival, sets sail from Miami on Feb. 21 for six nights of country, honky-tonk, punk and everything in-between. This festival is marketed as “a sanctuary for the freaks, misfits, rebels, and renegades of country music.” Naturally, it takes place on the Norwegian Pearl cruise liner and stops at Great Stirrup Cay, a private island in the Bahamas. 

Outlaw Country Cruise combines the experience of a cruise and a country music festival. Passengers can snorkel and swim with pigs in Great Stirrup Cay, and they can take a trip to the Mayan ruins during the ship’s stop in Cozumel, Mexico. On board, they will be joined by the likes of John Anderson, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, The Mavericks and other country music mainstays. Expect rowdy crowds and lots of cowboy hats. 

Between sets, activities such as Full Throttle Yoga (“Namaste, y’all,” the description reads) and Renegade Cinema (screening Without Getting Killed or Caught and Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove this year) keep the boozy fun flowing all day long. Additionally, Sirius XM will hold four Sessions at Sea, where it will record radio shows for future broadcast in front of a live audience. Hosts include Elizabeth Cook, Steve Earle and Mojo Nixon.

It should be noted that Outlaw Country Cruise has seen its fair share of confederate flags. While an updated discrimination policy and the efforts of Steve Earle have discouraged festival goers from displaying such symbols, this is still something to be aware of. 

The Specs

  • The Norwegian Pearl can accommodate 2,394 people
  • Tickets are currently sold out, but you can join the waitlist with a $199 deposit 
  • Looking for something to do before and after the cruise? Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to the best things to do in Miami

BY Lauren Harvey