More Than Just Shows!

Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa

We’re thrilled to bring Joe Bonamassa's weekly SiriusXM radio show, Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa, to the cruise. Join Joe and special guests for an exclusive KTBA at Sea edition of this show!

Paul Shaffer Super Session

Paul Shaffer the famed singer, composer, and music director, famously known from his time as the band leader and sidekick to David Letterman, is curating this once-in-a-lifetime show! Paul will spearhead the super session featuring Joe Bonamassa, Living Coulour and many more of our talented artists for a jam-packed set. 

Campfire Session with Paul Thorn and Friends

Join Paul Thorn, Tommy Emmanuel, Matt Andersen and Mike Farris for a special “campfire” session of stories and songs. This intimate collaboration show will be in-the-round style as these talented artists delight us with the tales and inspirations behind their compositions. Before you take a seat in the theater, make sure you treat yourself to a specially crafted s’more cocktail and other campfire treats!

Reese Wynans and Friends

On KTBA at Sea VI, Reese and Friends will be performing songs from his debut solo record, Sweet Release, with an exclusive performance of select songs. This performance will feature appearances from some of the biggest talent on board and special guests.

Jared James Nichols BLUESPOWER Hour Jam Session

Pour yourself a cup of coffee because you don’t want to miss this! Jared James Nichols is staying up late to host a very special late-night jam session. Joined by other members of our KTBA family Jared will bring his unique BLUESPOWER  to the stage. This will be the perfect end to your day!

Acoustic Mornings

Rise and shine with this specially curated experience that will ease you into the day, as you get up-close-and-personal sets from hand-selected KTBA artists. Listen to stripped down sets while sipping on a free cup of hot coffee or cold brew in the Atrium (Deck 7, MID). Make your morning extra sweet by adding a splash of gourmet flavor to your coffee, provided by our sponsor, Monin!

*Stay tuned for which selected artists will be performing during these special sets.

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Join Alan Paul as he discusses his definitive biography of guitar Legend, Stevie Ray Vaughn—Texas Flood. This book provides the unadulterated truth about Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who knew him best: his brother Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, and many other close friends, family members, girlfriends, fellow musicians, managers and crew members. Alan will be accompanied by special guests including Reese Wynans to discuss the legacy of an extraordinary and influential musician.

Stories Behind The Songs With Kevin Shirley - Fan Favorites

Kevin Shirley, Joe’s producer for the last 15 years, shares the intimate details of three of Joe’s most iconic songs. Kevin breaks down fan favorite songs, including "The Ballad of John Henry", "Sloe Gin" and "Happier Times", track by track and deconstructs them, so you can discover what goes in to the making of a final recording.  From initial demo tape through the actual recordings of songs, The Caveman will share stories of the recording process and you will find out what goes into making a classic.

Blues Brothers 40th Anniversary Screening

Join Jake and Elwood on their “mission from God” and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Blues Brothers! Can’t find your shades? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Join us in the Stardust Theater for a screening of this Blues classic. Be sure to grab an Orange Whip from the bar on your way in and don’t forget to load up on popcorn!

Guitar Clinic with Jared James Nichols

Blues rocker Jared James Nichols has received countless accolades for his hard-hitting pick-less playing technique and high-octane performances. Jared has garnered a lot of respect for his unique BLUESPOWER tone. Bring your guitar, or just come watch to learn some of his tips and tricks to improve your playing and bring your own BLUESPOWER!

"Midnight Blues" Acoustic Jam Area

The late hours of the evenings are the perfect time for you to grab your instruments for a pick-up jam with friends! We have a designated area to utilize throughout the entire cruise so you can fulfill all of your spontaneous jam desires. Look for the “This Is Your Space to Jam!” banner on Deck 6, MID.

Artist Autograph Sessions

During our two sessions, bring a prized possession you've had for years or a newly purchased piece of KTBA merchandise to get autographed by your favorite Blues artists. Artist participation in each of the two sessions will be announced that morning (and is subject to change) in your daily onboard newsletter and on TV slides around the ship.
Please note: Joe Bonamassa and Buddy Guy will not be participating in Autograph Sessions.

Guest Jam Sessions

This is one talented group of people and we are excited to give you the opportunity to jam on stage with your fellow Blues cruisers! In addition to scheduled slots with provided backline, you'll find a designated "acoustic jam" area to utilize spontaneously throughout the entire cruise for pick-up jam session.


Here's are some important details about how to participate:


  • Backline
  • Microphones
  • Keyboard
  • Electric Guitar
  • Electric Bass
  • Drum Kit
  • Production assistance + Sixthman crew on hand to help you get signed up and settled in


  • Your OWN guitar or bass (if you don't want to borrow ours)
  • Drum sticks
  • Harmonica
  • Super amazing Blues talent!


  • Once the schedule is released, you'll see a designated time to sign up for one (or more) time slots during the three scheduled sessions. 
  • Find the Sixthman staffer with the sign up sheets. They can help you out. We will do our best to match you with other cruisers, or to sign up your whole group.
  • Time slots are first come, first served.
  • Share the wealth! There are only so many time slots to go around.
  • Once you've signed up for a spot, we'll give you a card with the date and time to help you remember. If you miss your time slot, we'll give it away to someone else. (But we will definitely try to fit you in elsewhere.)
  • If the slots are full, we encourage you to come to the session anyway! There's a chance a spot will open up.

Ask Sixthman

Whether you have sailed with us before, or you’re joining us for the first time, you’re bound to have interesting questions about the production of a massive floating festival. This is your chance to ask the Sixthman gang whatever’s on your mind about Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea, Sixthman, ourselves, each other…or anything else you’d like to know!


Even More Amenities

Along with days and nights filled with musical performances, fun activities will be a part of the experience, too! Many times you'll be playing right alongside your favorite artists. In addition to programming that we'll plan especially for this event, guests can enjoy the following amenities on Norwegian Pearl:

Swimming Pool & Hot Tubs
Fitness Center
Jogging/Walking Track
Sports Court

Please note - due to the unique nature of this event, we may have to close certain venues and rooms unexpectedly. In the event that we need to close any of these areas we will notify guests as soon as possible. At times, notification may not be public until guests have arrived on board. 

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