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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Alabama celebrates 40th anniversary with music festival at sea

Country Music Legends Invite Fans and Bands To Vacation With Them
and Sail To a Private Island in the Bahamas
ATLANTA, GA January 16, 2013: With over 73 million records sold, 43 #1 singles, and more than 150 music industry awards, there is still one thing country music legends Alabama have not accomplished - setting sail on vacation with their biggest fans for a country music festival at sea.

In celebration of the band’s 40th Anniversary of their first show at The Bowery, Alabama is teaming up with Sixthman, the industry leader in music festivals at sea, to invite some of their favorite bands and fans to join them on board Norwegian Pearl for a four-night cruise from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas, on October 24, 2013.

Guests sailing with Alabama will enjoy two outdoor concerts from the full band, performances from each of the individual Alabama band members and one autographed cruise poster per stateroom.  Guests in each stateroom will also get a rare opportunity to take a photo with the band. In addition, Alabama will be hosting more than a dozen other music acts to celebrate with them on board, treating guests to amazing performances and artist-hosted activities throughout the course of the festival.

Entertainment, meals, and access to Norwegian Pearl’s outstanding amenities, including two pools, hot tubs, rock climbing wall, and fitness center are included in the fares. Beginning today, fans can read more about the event and sign up for the Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea pre-sale at www.alabamafestivalatsea.com. Staterooms go on sale to the public on March 20, 2013.

"I'm looking forward to enjoying my very first cruise! We have some exciting things in-store for the fans and look forward to making this a lifetime memory for everyone onboard. This will be a one of a kind experience where we truly get to share time together with our biggest supporters over the years. We pride ourselves on creating unique experiences and are excited to embark on this new venture which will not disappoint.  I'm bringing my extra large belt because I hear the food is great. Hope you can join us!"  -Teddy Gentry, founding member of Alabama.

Norwegian Pearl offers 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, two pools, a waterslide, four hot tubs, and a luxurious spa. Onboard concerts aren’t the only things that rock on Norwegian Pearl - guests looking for more activities can visit the outdoor climbing wall, bowl a few frames, or tempt lady luck in The Pearl Club Casino. Guests of the Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea will also have the opportunity to explore the sandy beaches of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, during their very own private island getaway. A host of beachside activities and games, the gigantic “Hippo” slide, private cabana, and access to food and beverage service will make the stay on Great Stirrup Cay an unforgettable experience.

Fares for the Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea start at $750 per guest, plus taxes and fees. Announcements regarding the festival are scheduled to follow soon detailing additional performing artists, artist-hosted activities, theme night information, contest additions, activity details and more!  For full details and to sign up for the pre-sale, fans should visit www.alabamafestivalatsea.com
About Alabama
With a career to date that has resulted in 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, 43 number one singles and over 73 million records sold, Alabama has received over 150 industry awards including 8 country music "Entertainer of the Year" honors, 2 Grammys, 2 People's Choice Awards and their very own star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The band received the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award in 2003, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and most recently won the American Country "Greatest Hits" Award in 2011. Members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook all hail from Ft. Payne, Alabama and have enjoyed 40 years of unprecedented success.
About Sixthman: Sixthman, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, creates festivals at sea designed to set the stage for moments that make life rock! Since 2001, we have been pioneering themed cruise experiences for bands, brands, and their fans and are proud to be celebrating our 12th year and the accomplishment of executing 52 full ship charters, hosting over 100,000 guests for over 500,000 days on vacation at sea with world class artist and brand partners such as KISS, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 311, Zac Brown Band, Lyle Lovett, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel, Turner Classic Movies, VH1, along with engaging festivals such as The Rock Boat, The World’s Greatest Floating Music Festival and Cayamo: A Journey through Song. INC Magazine recognized us as America’s Fastest Growing Travel Company and the 87th fastest growing company across all segments on the INC 500 List.
What is Sixthman? Click here http://vimeo.com/19267800  |  Live Loud with us at www.sixthman.net
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 46-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to “Cruise Like a Norwegian” on one of 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards for the fifth consecutive year.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010 and has been named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row and “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, appearing for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, The Second City®, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.

The Company has two 4,000-passenger vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, under construction for delivery in April 2013 and January 2014, along with one larger “Breakaway Plus” vessel for delivery in fall 2015.  Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city, sailing to Bermuda for the summer beginning May 12, 2013.  Norwegian Breakaway’s features include hull art by legendary artist Peter Max, seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and fitness classes and a retrospective display from the ship’s iconic godmothers, the Rockettes®.  The entertainment lineup includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy.  Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February 2014.  Sailings for both vessels are now on sale.

For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line, visit www.ncl.com, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Norwegiancruiseline, Pin us on Pinterest, watch us on YouTube, or contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784).
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