The Word On The Street: Malta

Eight months ago, I joined the Sixthman team. In that time, I’ve been lucky enough to sail on a dozen of ridiculously awesome cruises, but I must say I’m particularly excited to set sail on the first European Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea!

Bonamassa! Frampton! Eric Gales! Larkin Poe! I learned on the 2018 KISS Kruise that Vintage Trouble will, no doubt, keep the party rocking! However, with so much buzz about all of the insane musical talent aboard the ship, I all but forgot about the fact that we will also have TWO port days. Each of these two ports are in places that I have heard of but know very little about.

Being the wayward wanderer that I am, I wanted to know what my prospects were for eating some delicious food, taking in some gorgeous sights, and getting a little R&R in a timely and inexpensive manner in beautiful Malta. So, down the google rabbit hole I went!

Grand Harbour, aka the Port of Valletta, in Malta is one of the two amazing ports of call during Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea with Joe Bonamassa: Mediterranean.

The oh so beautiful Malta!

The oh so beautiful Malta!

Vacation... Leaving it all behind… Getting away from it all sounds great until you actually consider the prospect of being off of the grid in a foreign land. So, one of the first things I searched for in a new town is… WIFI! Always the savvy traveler, I personally prefer FREE WIFI. Luckily, many public places including the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the National Library of Malta reportedly offer wifi to visitors (neither are too far away from port). Don’t worry, you will still conveniently be able to show your friends back home how much more awesome your life is than theirs because you are IN MALTA!

Next up, cheap eats! Perhaps my favorite pastime in any new city is to find a local hangout, have an unnecessarily strong beverage, and eat the finest dishes that region has to offer. I just don’t want to pay a lot for it.  My research has shown that, within walking distance from the port, there are a few inexpensive coffee shops, pizzerias, sandwich shops, and Mediterranean spots that I can’t wait to check out. Also, one thing that Malta has no shortage of is SWEEEEETS! No matter where you are, pastries and gelato are never too far away!

 

And then a recommended 30 minutes after your delicious cheap eats it is time to swim! Let’s talk beaches! What more needs to be said. The less populated, the better. We will be in Malta during the busy season. From what I’ve read, with a little extra research and effort, finding more secluded areas of beach shouldn’t be terribly difficult. Just ask a local!  

 

Lastly, maybe my favorite things about every port are its… unique offerings! While these are by no means the most culturally important contributions to human kind this island has to offer, they are no less intriguing, to me at least.

 

POPEYE VILLAGE

 Preserved from the 1980’s musical, this “town” can be visited for a fee and guests can partake in food, beverages, and interact with characters from the movie.

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GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 1 FILMING LOCATIONS!

Ned Stark confronting Cersei about the father of her children, Ned Stark being de-crowned by said children and pretty much the entirety of Khaleesi and Khal Drogo’s relationship… It’s all here here in Malta!

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Sixthman is coming…

 Click HERE for some other off beat destinations of interest!

 

We all need to get around in beautiful Malta, so here is a quick low down on transportation!  

  1. ECABS: eCabs has an apps for Apple and Android that allows you to order car service in Malta. Payment options are cash or card, and business accounts are also available (wink, wink, nudge, nudge Sixthman).

  2. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: It appears that this mode of travel is fairly simple and has 2 hour passes available for £2 during the summer time. They also have a handy Trip Planner to help those of us who sweat the small details.

 

Lastly, I’ve read things like, “if traveling to churches please be respectful…” which basically boils down to being mindful of other people’s cultures and customs, aaand wearing shirts, shoes, and something more than bikini bottoms when you go into places of worship. Simple enough.

 

So, grab your sunscreen, maybe a little bit of European cash, and some comfortable walking shoes and ci vediamo lì!

 

Cheers!

Khalil Tribie

My First Sixth Months: Partner Relations Manager Edition

In one sentence, what does the Partner Relations team do?

Our team works as the bridge between Sixthman and our "partners" (the teams that represent our headlining bands and/or the various companies we collaborate with) to bring the event of their dreams to life!

 

What are your top three moments thus far?

1.     Getting hired! I worked for Sixthman as a Ninja Intern and then a Part-Time Ninja when I was in college and always looked up to the Partner Relations team during that time. Then I moved to Nashville for a few years after I graduated and got incredible experience working at an artist management company. That job gave me the skills to thrive in this role today. It’s a dream realized to get to do the work I am doing now!

 

2.     Every moment on the ship. I love seeing all of the hard work everyone puts in come to life. I love acting on my feet when a partner throws us a curve ball. I truly enjoy bouncing all over the ship all day making sure our partners are happy and taken care of.

And sometimes we get to do really silly and fun things on board, like – surprise someone with a bathtub full of ice and beer or be the transporter Chris Jericho’s championship belt across the ship.

3.     Developing relationships with my specific partners. I currently lead the relationship with the partners on The Outlaw Country Cruise, The Walker Stalker Cruise, and The Melissa Etheridge Cruise. Every partner is different, which is part of the fun, and I love figuring out the best way to communicate and work with them to create the best events for our guests.

 

Favorite ship snack?

Anything from the juice bar!

 

Most steps walked in a day on the ship?

25,000? Somewhere around 8 miles…

 

If you could pick the towel animal that shows up on your bed every day, what would it be?

A sloth :)

 

Final thoughts?

I love my team! Major shout out to Gabrielle, Alex, Darby, and my fabulous leader, Natalie, for teaching me SO much over the past six months. #youhavebigeyes #GabbyWendyandtheNewGirl 

-       Sixthman Ansley

SXM RunClub takes Montreal

After our 2018 Spring sailing season, I made a commitment to myself to step out of my comfort zone. I was always intimidated by the idea of the Sixthman RunClub because I was barely able to run a mile without stopping...But, after some nagging/encouragement from my Sixthman family, I decided that I had nothing to lose. Sure, maybe they would run laps around me or maybe I would have to stop halfway through our run and I would end up lost in Atlanta somewhere with no idea how to get back to the office...but still...I had nothing to lose.  

As if deciding that I was all of a sudden going to be a runner wasn't enough, I decided to sign up for a half marathon in Montreal in September with three of my SXMRunClub buddies/cheerleaders: Geoff, Jess, and Jon. Over the next 5 months, we trained pretty hard. From weekday 5ks after work to 8 mile runs on the weekends, we held each other accountable and pushed each other to get better every day.

The week before our trip, my nerves really started to kick in. I thought to myself, “I’m not a runner! What am I doing?” Geoff, Jess, and Jon assured me that we were READY and that at the end of the day, this race was just for fun and to challenge ourselves.  

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Our view from our Airbnb was amazing. The first day when I stepped out onto our balcony, suddenly all of my nerves disappeared. It was the day before our race and our main concern was where we were going to eat brunch. Jess, Geoff, and I did a short run around the city while we waited for Jon to join us from Atlanta. From there the four of us spent most of the day just taking in the beautiful sights and mentally preparing to run 13.1 miles the next morning…

That next morning came VERY early. The race started at 715 which meant we were all awake by 6am to ensure enough time to have a small bite to eat and walk to the starting point downtown. It’s pretty surreal standing in a crowd of thousands of people in a city you’ve never been before. It was practically still dark out and the air was chilly, but tolerable. A huge LED clock counted down the minutes in front of us and the crowd started to grow quieter as they prepared to take off running. Each corral started with fireworks, which actually worked to my advantage to get my adrenaline up because I am terrified of them...and then in the blink of an eye, it was our turn…5…4…3…2…RUN!

The race was beautiful. What an amazing way to explore Montreal! Once the sun came up, the weather was pretty much the best it could have been. For the first few miles we chatted and stuck together, eventually losing each other in the crowd once we were all setting our own pace. Crossing the finish line was the best feeling in the world and unlike anything I had felt before…all those Saturday morning runs and months of anticipation had paid off. WE DID IT!

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It’s an odd feeling when you realize it’s 10:30 AM and you’ve already ran 13.1 miles…we still had not only the whole DAY ahead of us but three more days after that! I won’t go into details of every place we went, but one thing that you can be sure of is we did a whole lot of eating. We had pretty much every type of food imaginable from delicious pizza to hearty burgers with sweet potato fries to a super classy Spanish meal where we were the only table in the restaurant. Oh and obviously we had poutine…how could I forget about the poutine?!

For me the highlight of our trip (besides the half) was our impromptu and unusual game of blackjack that we played at an Irish pub called Hurley’s. Hurley’s actually became our go-to late night spot on the trip (mostly for the very intense darts games we played.) We asked the bartender that night if they had any playing cards and all that she had to give us was a deck of Uno cards. Most people probably would have laughed and said “never mind,” but not Sixthman people who thrive on an opportunity to improvise! We played several rounds of blackjack and the stakes were high. I won some dental floss, a mint, AND a pink starburst. (Thank you Jess’s purse!)

I could go on about our trip and how much I love RunClub forever…but none of us have time for that. So instead I will leave you with some quotes and personal takeaways.

1.  “You will never know your limits until you really push yourself to them.”

2.   “Self discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.”

3.   Having people that will keep you accountable and encourage you goes a long way.

4.  Running/walking a race is arguably one of the best ways to see a city.

5.   “Challenges are what makes like interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” Note to self: Play blackjack with Uno cards more often. 

We didn’t just Kick It On The Ship, we kicked it on the course too!

There were a ton of surreal moments on Brantley Gilbert’s first Kick It In Ship Cruise, but one of my favorites was when a few of our guests got to hit the links with Brantley in Nassau, Bahamas! That’s right, 4 of our guests spent their port day golfing at the beautiful Ocean Club Golf Course with BG, Colt Ford, and friends.

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 How’d they get to do that you ask? Well, they showed us their swing!

Brantley was looking for a couple golf buddies in Nassau, so we did an all-call for guests booked on the cruise to submit videos of them golfing and telling us why they’d make a great choice. You can check out #KickItOnTheCourse on Instagram to see all of the awesome submissions!

An entry that I just loved was from one of our winners, Tyler.
“If you can’t live it down, you might as well live it up”…and that’s exactly what these fellas did! 

From riding in fancy SUVs, to spending a little qt with Brantley before their tee times, to getting smoked on the course by a couple of their musical idols – I think it’s safe to say our guests had one hell of a day. Heck, BG even bought one of them a new pair of golf shoes…it didn’t help his game much, but hey, he looked real good out there!

Can’t wait to see what ideas we’ll cook up for the next BG Cruise!

 

Until next time,

Sixthman Carlee

 

New Year, New Team! Sixthman keeps growing and growing.

As all super-Sixthman fans know our company is growing like crazy! We’re setting sail in Europe, headed to land and continuing to innovate the artist and fan experience through 2019.

Sixthman is excited to step — no, sprint! — into 2019 with 13 new amazing hires in almost every department. Tune in and get to know your new Warriors, Ninjas, Wizards and more!

SXM Best of 2018

2018 was a wild year for your Sixthman family! We introduced wrestling to the high seas, brought on 13 new team members and discovered an array of amazing music. From Sixthman artists like Paramore, Matt Nathanson and Kacey Musgraves to dream acts like Drake and Muse your salty Sixthman family knows how to get down! Check out our favorites from the past 365 days with our Spotify playlist