Jimmy Buffett-themed cruise Margaritaville sets sail with a new show

Jimmy Buffett-themed cruise Margaritaville sets sail with a new show

Jimmy Buffett-themed cruise Margaritaville sets sail with a new show

Jimmy Buffett apparently made his mark on the world with Margaritaville.

Resorts, liquor stores, casinos, RV parks and myriad details bear the hallmark of a parrot and palm tree synonymous with the singer’s multi-billion dollar empire.

It’s surprising, given Buffett’s love of the sea, that it took so long to associate a ship with its windy footprint.

But beginning May 14, the 658-cabin Margaritaville at Sea Paradise will sail from the Port of Palm Beach, Florida, to Grand Bahama Island on a regular schedule of two-night cruises. The ship is a rebrand of The Grand Classica owned by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and has been transformed, like all Buffett entities, into a fully island-themed experience.

Jimmy Buffett surprised guests aboard Margaritaville at Sea's maiden voyage with an impromptu concert.

The 75-year-old “Come Monday” icon also developed a new production, “Tales from Margaritaville: Jimmy’s Ship Show,” with longtime friend and super-producer Frank Marshall live on board. Based on characters from Buffett’s books, “Tales from Margaritaville” and “A Salty Piece of Land,” the show features a six-piece band and six characters to sing and dance through the lighthearted plot.

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