(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)
There are only two things that could keep me from throwing up over the side of a cruise ship: Dramamine and Blake Shelton. (A combination of the two would actually be the perfect anti-seasickness cocktail.) So I’m seriously considering this seven-day cruise next October. The Blake Shelton and Friends cruise promises Shelton will perform two of the nights, and other country acts will take the stage when he’s not there. The cruise’s website also says there will “opportunities to get up close and personal with musical guests,” whatever that means. But it does sound like it’s a cruise custom-made for music lovers. There will be dance parties, songwriter workshops, unplugged performances and the ship’s own version of The Voice. And even if you don’t have a one-track music mind, you can still take in all the sights when the ship docks in San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau. As you can imagine, a trip like this isn’t cheap. A family state room is around $4,000 per person. But if you are willing to get a smaller interior room and get the early bird discount, you can cruise with Shelton for $1,000. Meals are included in the cruise price, but booze is not.