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Vince Gill, Restless Heart, Patty Loveless, Kenny Rogers and more booked for first Country Music Cruise

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 24, 2013
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Oklahoma native Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap and band Restless Heart, which has Oklahoma ties, will be featured on the first Country Music Cruise, which will launch in early 2014 and sail through the Caribbean with television personality Lorraine Crook hosting the entire journey.

Billed as the vacation of a lifetime for country music fans, the cruise will feature intimate concerts every day, exclusive events not available anywhere else, activities, comedians, world class dining, deluxe accommodations, and much more for seven luxurious days aboard Holland America’s MS Eurodam, according to a news release. All concert tickets, activities and meals are included, with further information available at

The stars scheduled to perform on the 2014 Country Music Cruise account for an astounding 350 hit singles all together, including nearly 90 No. 1 hits. In addition to the headlining concerts, clubs on the ship will host performances by even more artists such as Oklahoma natives Wade Hayes and Bryan White, as well as Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, Jamie O’Neal, The Warren Brothers and others. Chuck Mead from BR549 will be playing daily poolside.

Amidst the music, guests will be invited to a beach party on their own private island, line dancing events, cooking exhibitions, wine tasting, songwriter workshops, spirited trivia contests, exclusive screenings of country music films and documentaries, games and more. The ship also will dock in several ports, where guests can explore the beauty and culture of Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (Saint Maarten), and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas).

“Country music fans are in for something really special,” says Vince Gill in the news release. “Not only will they get to experience a luxurious ocean cruise, but they can enjoy exclusive concerts by country music’s iconic superstars. The cruise is destined to become a vacation destination in the years to come.”

“I couldn’t be more excited about performing on the Country Music Cruise and being a part of a vacation that my fans will never forget,” adds Kenny Rogers in the release.

“This will be the Country Music party of a lifetime. Real stars, real music and real friends, both old and new” says Mike Jason, Senior Vice President Retail, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, in the release. ”We have produced over 35 full ship charter music cruises and ‘Country Music’ is a perfect genre for an exciting and overall cruise experience,” says Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions, in the release. “The programming and entertainment opportunities for the Country Music Cruise are unparalleled. It will be so much fun.”

Cabins are available now at Early reservation Country Music Cruise fan rates start at $1,925 per person and include all meals, concerts, entertainment and on-board activities.


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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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