Sixthman Artists Share Their Favorite Albums Of 2017...

What I love most about what we do at Sixthman is that we get to work with gifted artists and musicians each and every day. This year, we asked a few of them to share their favorite albums of 2017. In turn, we could share with you a piece of them and discover new music together. 

While Sixthman provides the ship, it’s you and the artists that build, foster, and cultivate the communities that exist aboard each of our events and carry us from one year to the next. I find it so special how often you’ll see names appear on these lists, and you realize the artists met for the first time on board, or performed on the boat together...sometimes both! It truly is a beautiful thing the admiration and camaraderie we all share for one another as listeners, as performers, as Sixthman. 

In no particular order, we’ve compiled the artist lists below - as well, a playlist for your listening pleasure (pro tip · click the play button below and listen as you read along!). I hope you’ll spot an artist or three you already love and discover your next favorite band while you’re at it. Never stop listening, sharing, and caring about music. Thanks a bunch and enjoy...

- Trae


Sixthman Events: Cayamo

Dan Reeder - Nobody Wants To Be You
The best 10 minute record ever made. Like getting a decade lost postcard from my strangest old friend. "The Pond in the Park"

Lee Ann Womack - The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
Raising the bar on soulful perfection. “Long Black Veil”

Valerie June - The Order Of Time
Pulling from everywhere and stirring it up, with each recording she is perfecting her vision. nobody can tell her what to do. “If And”

Noam Pikelny - Universal Favorite
At times channeling Washington Phillips, other times . entering the unexplored, “Folk Bloodbath"

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
Everybody’s favorite, for a good reason. I’m glad there is a Jason and Amanda. Sometimes good things happen. “If We Were Vampires"

Kronos Quartet - Folk Songs
These cats are usually too clinical and smart for me, but this is some of the most beautiful string arrangements, treatments, and vocals of classic folk songs… especially Olivia Chaney's “Ramblin' Boy"

2017 was also a great reissue year:
George Jones - Birth of a Legend
6 CD Box Set of the complete Starday/Mercury recordings. It is incredible to hear one of the world’s greatest singers find his voice. “Tender Years"

George Barnes - Country Jazz
One of my favorite guitar players started out playing country and blues and had a sense of humor that jumps out of the grooves on the vinyl reissue of this incredible record. “Bluetail Buzz"

Bob Dylan - Trouble In Mind
10 CD / 1 DVD Deluxe Box Set - this period was dismissed on release, but deeply resonated with me. It holds some of Dylan’s most connected vocals ever. Jim Keltner’s right foot is worth the price of admission. …and… Regina McCrary!!! "What Can I Do for You? (Live in Toronto)"

+ Justin Wiseman, The Rocketboys

Sixthman Events: The Rock Boat · Sixthman Sessions at Sea

Hey this is Justin -- Here are the albums that got me feeling inspired this year!

Ty Richards - Zillion
Ty was a sound/production volunteer on a gig I was playing. We struck up a conversation over some vintage synth gear. I had no idea he even wrote music at all until this album came out, and it just completely blew my socks off. All of the sounds and production are so creative and fresh (especially for being sort of neo-blues which has been overdone a little lately in my opinion), it's just not even fair for the rest of us music-makers!

Perfume Genius - No Shape
Ironically I came across this artist on the show goofy (but so so funny) HBO show Vice Principals, but I got hooked after reading some stories about the singer Mike Hadreas. Basically about how he overcame a lot of insecurities from coming out as gay, being bullied, etc. But there some songs are so huge and powerful and I was just blown away by that juxtaposition... And it's so creative and dynamic throughout the album that it really inspired me!

Hembree - Had It All
Everything about the aesthetic of this album is so good. Conventional songwriting and super accessible songs, but in an incredibly creative textural way. Like every section of every song has so many tasty nuggets of sound and it's also cohesively, refreshingly unique overall. I feel they are the culmination of all the current biggest rock bands and "cool" alternative pop-indie bands right now, but honestly to me, they are way more interesting than any other stuff going on in either genre.

Slowdive - Slowdive
I'll admit, I wasn't super aware of this band back in the 90s or the story of their legacy following their short career. But I came onto their new album from an episode of the podcast Song Exploder right before having to do an overnight drive from San Francisco to Portland, and I listened to this album like 5 times --- it's the ultimate late night driving album! Or if you're not driving, you can close your eyes and this album just takes you to this place (which is one of my favorite qualities of music) -- it's so beautifully melancholic.

Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black
Mavis Staples' album You're not Alone is one of my favorites of all time, and after a couple of hers following that didn't resonate as much with me, this album got me. She's a great voice of reason in her own special gospel way, and with Jeff Tweedy's quirky, creative production, it's just so cool.


Sixthman Events: Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea · The Rock Boat · Cayamo

Queens Of The Stone Age - Villains
QOTSA continue to pump out edgy rock ’n’ roll for the people! The riff on “The Way You Used To Do” will get in your head and stay there.

Suzanne Santo - Ruby Red
There aren’t many records you can just put on and play in their entirety, but this is one. The whole album is flavored with a bluesy-rootsy sensibility. Suzanne’s voice is mesmerizing.

Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 1
The songwriter of our generation! “Up To No Good Livin’” is one of those songs you listen to and then have to spin again… and again. Stapleton’s simplicity and cleverness leaves a body in awe.

Kendrick Lamar - Damn.
Kendrick Lamar has a lot to say... And beyond that, the musicality of this album is stunning.

Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
Another classic Foo Fighters’ record! “Make It Right” has a heavy riff that’ll blow your doors off.


Sixthman Events: The Outlaw Country Cruise · Kid Rock’s Chillin’ The Most · The Rock Boat · Sailing Southern Ground · Simple Man Cruise · Gimme Three Days

Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real - Self-Titled
Gregg Allman - Southern Blood
The Magpie Salute - Live
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Barefoot In The Head


Sixthman Events: Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea · Cayamo

Lucius - Good Grief (2016)
I’m usually late to the party on cool new bands. This is a prime example. The new record “Good Grief” is so great. Killer harmonies and great tunes. I’m a sucker for fun sounds and this album is full of them!

Theo Katzman - Heartbreak Hits
Theo Katzman is one of the members of the band Vulfpeck. His solo material is decidedly more “singer-songwriter-y” but has no shortage of jaw dropping musicianship. The songs are honest, the playing is killer and his voice is AMAZING.

Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color (2015)
I could listen to the intro of the opening track over and over. I’m repeating myself here but the sounds and the songs on this one. Produced by one of my favourites, Blake Mills, the sounds are outrageous and the songs brilliant.

Doyle Bramhall II - Rich Man (2016)
DBII is one of my all-time heroes. I’ve worn out each of his records over my life, but Rich Man is a masterpiece as far as I’m concerned. The guitar tones are off the charts and of course his playing is beautiful. Again, the sounds are gorgeous and full. A desert island album for me, for sure.

Terry Evans - Blues for Thought (1994)
Terry Evans was one of Ry Cooder’s back-up singers and this is his solo record. Such a fun record!! Ry makes a few appearances on it and plays fantastically. “Get Your Lies Straight” is a stand out tune for me. His singing is so soulful and the playing is WICKED!!!


Sixthman Events: The Rock Boat · Cayamo · Sixthman Sessions at Sea

Jason Isbell - The Nashville Sound
This is obvious. Not only do I drool over his musicianship and the sound of production, listening to Isbell is like eating your vegetables for a songwriter. You ain’t gonna get any better if you don’t take in the good stuff.

Wheeler Walker Jr. - ‘Ol Wheeler
Dave Cobb played me Wheeler Walker Jr. for the first time in his studio in 2014 as just another project he was working on. As much as I laughed my ass off, sometimes it feels good to bust on what’s being called “Country” today by mainstream label/radio standards, and Wheeler allows us to do just that. Wheeler knows who he is and does what he wants. This album doesn’t let up. God bless him.

Marty Stuart - Way Out West
I’ve toured with Marty Stuart, and I’d be damned if I didn’t admit that he put on the best show I’ve ever seen. Not only are his band members equipped with that mystical, seasoned skill you can only find in Nashville, they have distinct and polished personalities that shine through on and off the stage. Marty leads the way with poise and an undying confidence, and it gleams through on his new album. A huge inspiration for me.

Andrew Combs - Canyons Of My Mind
Andrew is a friend of mine. We’ve played every setting from the typical co-bill, to Mountain Stage, to an acoustic round at The Bluebird. The guy writes a beautiful song and sings the hell out of it. This album is a wonderful testament to that.

Living Colour - Shade
This selection comes with more of just a funny story.. My label takes part in a retailers event every year in Miami where labels schmooze record retailers from Best Buy to local “ma and pop” shops. My label as well as one other, Megaforce, got the go-ahead to present one of their acts to the retailers as sort of their secret schmooze weapon. So my band and I load-in for the show and find out then and there that Living Colour was the other act on the bill. Co-bill.. yeah. Just us. To make matters even more interesting, because of a scheduling issue, we had to go on after them. So yeah, Living Colour opened for us. Not only did they turn the back of this event space into a sweaty metal show, they also blew up the sound system 3 times. We then proceeded with our Americana show.. Anyways, they blew up that sound system with this new record, and it rocked.


Sixthman Events: Sail Across The Sun · The Rock Boat · Cayamo · Ships and Dip

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Souvenir
The thing I love about Drew’s music is that it’s always great. I might like one song even more than another, but I always dig the songs and the way the music makes me feel. That’s how it is with the great artists. What’s particularly impressive about Souvenir is that it’s the follow up to a string of excellent records and it gives the listener the feeling that Drew will never make a bad album.

Welshly Arms - Legendary EP
Obviously I’m completely biased because I was in a band with Sam Getz for half a decade and have worked with this group over the years, but are you kidding?! What a phenomenal rock band and these songs like “Who We Are” & “Legendary” are the good kind of hits. They’re moving, modern and cool. Phenomenal music.

Ed Sheeran - Divide
I was running a 5K with my oldest daughter Sophia when I discovered this record. I had been somewhat resistant to a full embrace of Ed’s music due largely to the lyric “I’ll love you 'til you’re 70” which seemed far too young to cap a love affair (silly I know, but hey, I fancy myself a true romantic). As I listened to the lyrics on this record I was so blown away I kept taking out an earphone and saying “Ed Sheeran’s awesome”, to which Sophia would roll her eyes and be like “everyone knows this dad!”

Lori McKenna - Bird and the Rifle (2016)
Ok the truth is that I am aware this record was actually released in 2016 and should not qualify for being on this list, BUT it was released in the fourth quarter and I didn’t get to hear it until early 2017. It is my absolute favorite. I get the catch in the throat every time I hear “Halfway Home” and “Humble & Kind”. Lori has always been real and wonderful, but this record captures the power of a magnificent songwriter at the peak of her powers. I don’t feel like I’ve ever heard songs that cover content like “Old Men Young Women” with so much grace. This one goes in the cannon.

Emily Hearn - Paris, or Wherever We Are
Emily’s last album Hourglass is a personal all-time favorite. It’s something our family rallies around, so we have been eagerly awaiting new music and were psyched to hear new songs from her. It’s the kind of music that when you get on an early morning flight and feel like you might burst into tears from exhaustion, finishes the job for you. It feels like a friend telling you that 'you’re a good person’ and 'you will be ok’. Who doesn’t need that in their life?


Sixthman Events: The Rock Boat · Cayamo

I have had a crazy year of touring, so I listened to a lot of the folks we toured with, as well as a few new albums.

Willie Nelson - God’s Problem Child
We had significant dream come true this year touring for a few weeks with Willie Nelson. This is his newest album and we have had it on regular rotation. He is a legend. I got to sing with him a few nights of the tour, singing Hank Williams, “I Saw the Light” and a few other classic gospel songs.

Sean McConnell - Self-Titled (2016)
Sean opened a large portion of our spring Souvenir Tour. Every night he had the crowd in the palm of his hand with just his guitar, his songs, and his ridiculous voice.

Vulfpeck - The Finish Line
This band is one of my favorite discoveries. “Running Away” is an absolute jam.

Lee Ann Womack - The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
One of the most fun things I've been able to do this year is curate monthly selections of vinyl for my subscription service, Magnolia Record Club. Because of that, I got a sneak peak of this record and couldn't wait to share it with our subscribers. This is one of the tightest, livest, most soulful performances I have ever heard. She is definitely making the most authentic music of her career, in my opinion.

Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway
The songs were recorded in deep south Louisiana in wooden rooms that pre-date the Civil War. The walls have stories, as they say, and Rhiannon lets the stories into her songwriting. This album is a genre-defying act of unity and solidarity, saying to us that while we are all very different, we are all very similar.


Sixthman Events: The Rock Boat

Sean McConnell - Undone
I was just introduced to Sean McConnell's music about a month ago by fellow rock boater/BFF, Steve Everett. He told me to check out this acoustic rendition of his previous full production release and I haven't been able to stop listening since. This album was such a breath of fresh air for me - just a dude, an acoustic guitar, and freaking amazing songs.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
One of my all-time favorite writers. If this album simply consisted of "If We Were Vampires" 10 times in a row, I'd probably still buy the vinyl and listen often, but of course it's so much more. The genius of Isbell's poetic story-telling is incredibly rare. The more you listen, the more you discover the hidden lyrical gems woven into these timeless songs.

Zac Brown Band - Welcome Home
I've always felt a strong connection between Zac Brown's music and Melodime's. He writes about the same stuff that inspires us: hometown roots, family, love, and the struggles and joys that accompany all those things. They're no strangers to years of slogging it out on the road and telling their stories with southern twang on top of a rock n roll foundation. Their hard-nosed mentality and loyal commitment to the music is one of the most admirable things to me.

Old Dominion - Happy Endings
This might be considered my "guilty pleasure" album, but whatever. The songs are damn good and a solid representation of the modern day romance, in my opinion. "Written in the Sand" is probably the favorite for me.

John Mayer - The Search For Everything
I've loved most everything John Mayer has put out and this album is no exception. As someone who really values family and my relationship with my brothers, this lyric from "In the Blood" hits me deep: "how much like my brothers do my brothers wanna be / does a broken home become another broken family / or will we be there for each other like nobody ever could / does it wash out in the water or is it always in the blood”


Sixthman Events: The Rock Boat · Cayamo · Sixthman Sessions at Sea

Ryan Adams - Prisoner
I love the sounds and textures on this one. But more than that, I am obsessed with the way Ryan let’s us into his invisible suffering. I struggle with anxiety and depression, and this album really gave a voice to something that can’t really be described.

Mary J. Blige - Strength Of A Woman
I just adore Mary J. She speaks her mind in ways that make you relate to her. No matter how high you climb in this world, women still go through the same things. Mary j is a queen. Period.

Lizzo - Truth Hurts
This is a single, but listen, Lizzo is epic. She mixes her sharp wit with these beats, and it is just so sassy, it makes you crave this song. It’s the jam, and you know it. Plus I love her because she’s a real sized women like me, and she’s not afraid to show it all.

Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black
If there was ever a time for Mavis, honey it’s now. When I think of all the musicians out there saying something about the state of the world, there’s no one I would rather hear it from then Mavis. This album takes you back to the protest songs of the 60’s, but yet it’s so modern.

The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
I love this band. Their longevity gives me hope. They take chances. Big ones, and I love it. This album is full of imagination. The War on Drugs values creativity over virtuosity and that’s what makes this album so special.


Sixthman Events: Sail Across The Sun

Bruno Major - A Song for Every Moon
An amazing singer/songwriter that dares to bring jazz guitar into the 21s century. Imagine Nick Drake singing over the rhythm section of D’Angelo’s “Voodoo,” but updated. This album is very much a late-night-vibe effort, but it doesn’t lose sight of what’s important: Great songs.

Ryan Adams - Prisoner
I’d drop this into my top 2017 picks if we can include it as the final chapter of his current trilogy. The self-titled album (2014), the 1989 album (2015), and now “Prisoner” are a full return to form. This is great rock and roll - both raw and impeccably played. The songs as always, are masterful.

Julia Michaels - Various
This artist is making a statement - not with an album, but as a songwriter. She landed on the radar by penning smashes for Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and more. She had her first major hit as an artist this year with “Issues”, and her “Nervous System” mini-album announces her as a force to be reckoned with. A super fresh and honest voice.


Sixthman Events: The Rock Boat · Sixthman Sessions at Sea

The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
A lot different than the music we make but that’s what makes it such a good traveling soundtrack! I’m always on the hunt for good airplane tunes and this was my fave from 2017.

Spoon - Hot Thoughts
I've never been disappointed by one of their albums, but this one raised the bar again! Great tunes and killer production! Spoon is always creatively inspiring!

Liam Gallagher - As You Were
Long awaited and Probably my favorite album of the year. It’s also the the first from the former Oasis frontman. I grew up a huge oasis fan and an even bigger Liam fan as a kid of the 90’s. We (Welshly Arms) actually got to play a festival this last summer (Rock AM Ring) in Germany. I was hoping I’d get to run into him at some point. Then I actually did... I was walking into the bathroom and I walked quite literally right into his face... pretty embarrassing but he was actually pretty cool about it.

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
Probably my second pick just underneath “as you were” is Charlotte Gainsbourg’s “Rest”. It’s also her first record back in 8 years. I’ve been a long standing fan of hers through her films and her records and this one does not disappoint!

St. Vincent - Masseducation
An artist that never fails to impress. Inspiring to watch her push the boundaries of her art yet in a way become more accessible.

The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
We spent a very decent portion of 2017 traversing across the US in our van and I associate a lot of new music with where I was driving at the time. I remember taking an early morning shift while the rest of the gang was sleeping and the sun rising … was the right record for that morning.

Jaden Smith - SYRE
Hats off to Jaden Smith with his new record entitled "SYRE" and his sister Willow with her debut entitled "The 1st". Although these two have shown that they differ in their musical taste and aesthetic, it’s abundantly clear that they come from “good ground”. The refined millennials that are Jaden and Willow have skillfully executed a refreshing take on today’s pop culture. As both a parent and an artist, I am equally satisfied with their contribution to music and pop culture.


Sixthman Events: Sail Across The Sun

Passafire - Longshot
We got a sneak peek of this while recording with Ted at his studio. EVERY SONG is great and we can’t stop playing it.

Kendrick Lamar - Damn
We've always been Kendrick Lamar fans, and for this record to drop while on tour in Florida, we definitely wore this album out.

A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from here. Thank you for your service. (2016)
“We The People” has a strong message that’s needed in society.

Vulfpeck - Mr. Finishline
New age Funk has been perfected. Great band that brings humor into their videos and innovates everything musically.

The Wood Brothers - Live At The Barn
Such a good documentation of professionals putting on a show and conveying the song lists emotion. Rock n Roll Blues


Sixthman Events: Pitbull Cruise · Walker Stalker Cruise · Kid Rock’s Chillin’ The Most · The Rock Boat · 311 Caribbean Cruise · Sail Across The Sun · Gronk’s Party Ship · Rombello

Run The Jewels - 3 (2016)

I’m a big Run The Jewels fan... EL P and Killer Mike do some major damage on this new CD..

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic (2016)

this dude kills it, one of the greats in my book. Went to see him in Vegas and it was non-stop get down good times...

311 - Mosaic

this is one of the best CDS these guys have put out and I’ve been touring with the boys for over 20+ years... the track “city’s on fire” is my jam!!! Catch em live

Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Chris Stapleton has a rockin line up of good songs on his new CD

Keith Urban - Ripcord (2016)
Keith Urban has a great new album … The track with Pitbull “Sun Goes Down” I think it’s called ... fuego!!

J Balvin - Energía
J Balvin is killing it these days and the song he’s a guest MC on “Mi Gente” is a world-wide dance floor killer ...


Sixthman Events: The Rock Boat · Sixthman Sessions at Sea

Alternate Routes - Live in Pawling
This record really captures the magic that the band has playing together. It’s no secret Tim Warren is one of my all-time favorite singers…ever…in the whole world…I tell anyone and all who will listen. Taryn Chory [backing vocals] not only blends with Tim but adds a whole dimension to the music that really brings the emotion of these tracks to higher levels. That being said, Eric Donnelly is one of my favorite guitar players as well, and his musicality and passion really shines on this record for me. The guy is amazing. Plus...Kurt Leon [drums] and Ian Tait [bass] play with such creativity and style, that you can’t help but be moved. Bobby Yang’s violins and Matt Beck's piano and pedal steel are always spectacular.

Garrison Star and The Wealthy West - Lovey Dovey
The song “That Could Be Us” just might be "the perfect song” Brandon Kinder [Wealthy West] is one of the coolest and most talented people I’ve ever met. We have stayed up way too late way too many times talking about life and music and I’m always looking forward to the next time we get to hang. I don’t know Garrison Star but her vocals are on this record make you feel as if she is singing right to you. Brandon’s production is always killer.

Amy Gerhartz - Fire
Simply put, this record is awesome. Amy is a wonderful songwriter and deserves every bit of success she has coming her way! She is a great singer but also a great entertainer. I have been lucky enough to play some shows with her where I’ve seen her bring a whole crowd to tears and lift them right back up and have them all laughing and partying! Go see her.

Sixthman Sessions - VOL. 4 (2018)
OHHHHH BOYYYEEEE!!!!!! Ok, so this record isn’t out yet but I’m very excited about it. The talent this year was inspired and inspiring.

Here is the lineup this year…

  • Christian Lopez
  • Sarah Potenza
  • Ian Crossman (Sarah Potenza)
  • Noah Guthrie
  • Brandon Kinder (The Rocketboys)
  • Justin Wiseman (The Rocketboys)
  • Brooks Mason (The Georgia Flood)

To put 7 people who have never met on a boat and have them come together to do anything productive in 3 and 1/2 days is a feat. Make them all musicians and ask them to write and record a CD in that time is just silly, goofy …dangerous…but once again, they did it… and they did it right!! I’m the lucky one who gets to record all the songs, so I’m there for every note played and sung. I get to watch these artists walk in the room excited to record what they just wrote. It’s a job I don’t take lightly. The artists this year really bonded and it shows in the subject matter and the cohesion of the songs. They were VERY diverse personally and musically, which I feel totally makes this years [and every years] record very special.

Christian Lopez is so bright and was always making us laugh while singing his ass off. He literally would only need a take or two and we would have his vocals down….a real talent.

Sarah Potenza is a true force of nature and one of the finest singers and people I’ve met in this crazy business… She does a lot of singing on this record and you WILL be a fan after hearing her.

Ian Crossman is a super cool guy who I really enjoyed hanging with! He always had a great idea on hand and brought his Baritone guitar skills to one of the tracks and totally floored everyone!

Noah Guthrie…I asked him during the first song we recorded together…”When did you first know you how good you were?” I was floored. Being in a room with him singing is something everyone reading this MUST do! Don’t miss his shows!!!

Brandon Kinder, who is a returning Sessioneer, is what we, Jen, Chardy and myself call a “Ringer”. Put him in a writing room with a ferret and a toaster and he will be the glue that makes the song great. His way of singing and delivering a song is so personal and believable. This is a talent way beyond just singing great and is what separates great SINGERS from great ARTISTS. He is an ARTIST through and through.

Justin Wiseman was such a huge part of this whole record. He was the only real keyboardist ….we all dabble but he IS one. Thanks God, because his parts were brilliant and he is so quick in the studio….he would learn a tune and get it right in one or two takes. A true talent and a producers dream. But above all that he really shined as a writer in this whole process.

Brooks Mason is one of the nicest BadAss MoFo’s to grace TRB. The guy is real. He plays the shit out of the guitar and sings with a ton of passion and a healthy dose of "down home" grit that totally excited me every time he walked in the room to record. He was a joy to be around and when he sang lead on one of the songs, I found myself pumping my fist in the air like i was at a huge concert….even though I was in a cabin on a boat.

Again, I don’t take my role in making the Sessions records lightly and I assure you I mean every word. It was a joy and a privilege to be around these amazing people… this year and every year. I urge you to go to the show and hear the stories behind the tunes get the record while on TRB. In this world of Auto Tune perfection and records that take a year to make, its refreshing to hear what can be done in 3 1/2 days.


Sixthman Events: Cayamo

Colter Wall - Colter Wall
Hiss Golden Messenger - Hallelujah Anyhow
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
John Moreland - Big Bad Luv
Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights
Kendrick Lamar - Damn
Nikki Lane - Highway Queen
The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart
Tyler Childers - Purgatory


Sixthman Events: The KISS Kruise · Chris Jericho’s Rock N Wrestling Rager At Sea

Harry Styles - Harry Styles
If any album ever appeared to come out of left field, it was the debut album by Harry Styles, simply titled… Harry Styles. A mix of 70’s rock influence and soulful ballads, this sounds and feels like a truly honest collection of meaningful songs from beginning to end. Maybe you’re tired of hearing “Sign of the Times” endlessly on the radio, but any music lover must give the rest of this record a fair chance; it will not disappoint.

Liam Gallagher - As You Were
It’s strange when you realize Oasis disbanded almost a full 10 years ago, but after all this time Liam Gallagher has finally released his debut solo record, and it’s everything you’d want it to be. Standout tracks like “Paper Crown,” “For What It’s Worth,” and “Chinatown” show a broad range of pop/rock songwriting that leaves the listener humming the melodies after hearing them only once. You really don’t need to be in any particular mood or state of mind to listen to this record, the music speaks for itself and gives you all the moods you could ask for.

Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
This album sounds HUGE! Big drums, lush harmonies, and pristine guitar tones. It's comforting to know that a band who have made so many albums to date haven't given up getting more creative with each album and pushing their boundaries.

Queens of the Stone Age - Villains
We weren't sure what to expect when it was announced that Mark Ronson would be producing this album and the results are surprising in the best way. It certainly sounds like a QOTSA record, but Ronson's involvement only enhances it. In a world of singles, this album is a cohesive piece of work and, if you haven't listened, is worth hearing cover to cover.

Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
What a phenomenal songwriter and his voice is just ridiculous. With a voice like that, it doesn't matter what words he's saying, BUT his words have a way of pulling at the heart strings, punching you in the gut, and leaving you smiling at the same time. We wanna be just like him when we grow up.


Sixthman Events: The Rock Boat · Walker Stalker Cruise · Gimme Three Days · The Rock Slope

Larkin Poe - Peach
I love the vocals and slide guitar. I’m in a blues phase right now and this is very blues based. They have their signature sound regardless of what style they play. Very soulful.

The Chainsmokers - Memories… Do Not Open
I love this record. I'm not typically an electronic music guy - but this record is fantastic. I wish I wrote “Something just like this. It sounds to me like singer songwriter melodies and stories that happen to sit on top of this smart electronic canvas. It's clever and poignant - like a guy with an acoustic guitar could play it on your couch and it would still be cool. But - the way the songs use space early - and then build slowly from start to finish with catchy but powerful simple and huge singable grooves is undeniable.

Ed Sheeran - Divide
I love that Ed Sheeran can be a star in todays world. I love that great songwriting and great delivery can be enough… And whether he leans stylistically more into his singer-songwriter identity - or into a slicker Pop sound - it just always works. "Castle on the Hill” may have been written about being a kid growing up in a small town in England - but it coulda been any town USA..

Midland - On The Rocks
Sounds so fresh because it sounds so classic. No tricks… Old school country with a smooth early Eagles and Crosby Stills & Nash vibe - especially with the harmonies. What’s not to love..

The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
The production is awesome. The songs are clever and well crafted. But my favorite part is that there's a sense of humor and irony that runs alongside the epicness (if that's even a word).


Sixthman Events: 27
Saltiness: 127 Days at Sea

SUSTO - & I’m Fine Today
I’ve enjoyed this band since discovering them a couple of years back. There’s something so honest in Justin’s voice, it reals you in, and never lets go. “Cosmic Cowboy” and “Hard Drugs” are favorites on this release.

Faye Webster - Self-Titled
Faye is a beautiful person and this is a beautiful album. “Alone Again” and “She Won’t Go Away” are standout tracks. This album just sounds so good, the music compliments her voice so well, a soothing rainy day record through and through.

Foo Fighters - Concrete & Gold
Foo Fighters grabbed my rock n roll heart in the midst of my adolescence and so they will always be near and dear to me with each and every release. I don’t feel like their recent albums were lacking in any certain way, but Concrete & Gold is a return to form. The end of “Make It Right” is a testament to this, it’s blistering with golden era 70’s classic rock influence, and is reason for any other rock band to at least consider putting their guitars down for good because to even attempt to compete would be a fatal sin.

Charley Crockett - Lil G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee
A collection of classics that feels all his own. Listen to this album and go see Charley live. It’s a special experience and it’s authentic, blending the best of his influences from Texas to New York to New Orleans and everything in between. This guy cooks up the good stuff, and I like what he’s stirring in the pot.

Madison Lewis - Back To The Blue
Madison is only something like 14 or 15 years old, it's really kind of ridiculous how special her voice is. I first saw her at the revered Eddie's Attic Open Mic finals (of which she recently took home top honors). From the moment she began to sing, it was clear that she's wise far beyond her years. A truly special talent destined for great things ahead, keep on being awesome, Madison!

Mr. Byrd - Steel Cold Train EP
Under the monikier Mr. Byrd, Jeremy Byrd quietly released a delightfully sweet and whimsical collection of love songs. K.S. Rhoads' production is on point capturing Byrd's sincerity in its utmost. While only four songs, we're taken on a musical journey reminiscent of a Burton meets Across The Universe cinematic landscape. I love it, and I can't wait to hear more.

*If you made it this far, thanks a plenty for reading! Enjoy yourself a glass of egg blog -- I mean, eggnog -- this holiday season and much love to you and yours from the entire Sixthman family.

Sixthman's Concierge Class


Along with LIVE LOUD, our company motto here at Sixthman is to make our guests, partners, and team the star. This blog is called Behind the Seas, after all – so here’s an inside look at how we make the Sixthman team the star! 

We LEARN LOUD during our time on land by going on "Shore Excursions" to companies we admire, host a variety of leaders via our Pool Deck Speaker Series, and we grow leaders through our professional development program, Concierge Class.  Each year two Concierge Class team members are given carte blanche to explore each department within Sixthman, learn about Norwegian operations on board, pursue continuing education opportunities, and question everything. So far, we’ve had 7 team members graduate from the program. Concierge Class has gone through several iterations, and we think we just might have this thing down to a science at this point.

Here’s a look back at the experiences of five Concierge Class graduates in their own words.


Geoffrey Stephenson

Title: Senior Web Developer & Launch Manager

How Long I’ve been at SXM: 7 Years

Why did you apply?
I had been at Sixthman for almost five years when they announced the inaugural Concierge Class program in 2014. At the time it was first mentioned, to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what the program would entail. I felt I had already learned quite a bit about the company and my role in it, but at the same time this program seemed like a great opportunity to continue gaining knowledge and expand my leadership training. I was excited to push myself in varying professional and personal ways outside of my current department and normal day-to-day exposure. I was very honored and grateful to be chosen as the guinea pig for this program.

What did you learn about Sixthman or Norwegian that really surprised you?
Being in the Concierge Class gave me the ability to get some greater exposure to things on board the Norwegian ships. I gained access to their Hotel Directors meeting, where a leader from each department on board gathers with a group from Sixthman to discuss the issues and schedule for that day. I also shadowed the security department for a night, including a visit to the ship’s brig. After being at Sixthman for a number of years, it was eye opening to see some of what were previously behind the scenes things that happen every day for Norwegian. We have since opened up more exposure to these types of experiences to other Sixthman employees.

Do you have a favorite moment from the program?
I would have to say my favorite moment from the program would be the one-on-one meeting I had with Andy Stuart, who is now the President and CEO of Norwegian. It was a quick chat, but I was lucky enough to ask his advice about leadership, discuss some directions we thought Sixthman might be heading, and even talk about running half marathons.  I also want to mention that it’s been great to watch Concierge Class continually grow and evolve over the years. I’ve had the pleasure of working with other graduates to help refine the program. It’s become somewhat of a passion project for me. It gives me so much enjoyment watching others go through and learn and succeed. 

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Jen Wedick

Title: Creative Manager, Senior Warrior and Partner Relations

How Long I’ve been at SXM: Started full time in June 2010. (I was “unofficially” around a while before that.) 

Why did you apply?
I had been a Warrior at Sixthman for several years (leading The Rock Boat and several other communities), but because I’m a creative person in general, I ended up also spending a lot of time on creative projects that were on a Sixthman brand level, not specific to my events. I applied to the program because I was interested in seeing where I could offer more creative help, and Concierge Class gave me free reign to observe any department. I ended up working with our CEO, Anthony Diaz (who led the program at the time) to develop a new role called Creative Leader, something that allowed me to dive into the Sixthman branded creative projects more officially, while still keeping the Warrior and Partner Relations responsibilities that I wanted for The Rock Boat. I didn’t exactly apply to the program to get a new role… but since it allowed me to see Sixthman through a broader lens, it helped us create a more fitting role for myself in a way that also added value to the company.

How did the program contribute to your professional development?
Being part of the program completely changed my professional path at Sixthman. I was at a point where I really wasn’t sure what my next step was, though I really did love what I was doing at the time. With us being a smaller, young(ish) company, there really weren’t a ton of corporate ladders to climb that were laid out for me when I was hired (which is a positive in this particular case, because it allowed me to create my own path). Sixthman has been great for learning what my passions and strengths are, and then tweaking my role to play that up. The concierge program kind of allowed me to take a step back to explore, learn and observe, see what made sense for my next step. 

Do you have a favorite moment from the program?
Full disclosure – I was one of the first people to go through the program, so it wasn’t as structured as it is now. The people that followed me in this program probably have better answers. :) However, I got to do some pretty cool things and really enjoyed stepping outside the walls of Sixthman to hear from creative and interesting people. I attended several conferences, speaker series, and other events (like Leadercast, Creative Mornings, Plywood's Black Box Sessions) that served as a great mental break from the day-to-day grind and I always left inspired.

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Rachel Voorhies

Title: Senior Operations Manager

How Long I’ve been at SXM: 6 Years

Why did you apply?
I applied when I was switching into a new career here at Sixthman. For those of you who know Andy Levine, I was fortunate to have worked side by side with him for 3 years as his Executive Assistant. I learned a lot about the business during that time and absorbed many of his best practices. I will always strive to Make It Right, go Above and Beyond, create the right ambience in a room, and have meals/conversations at round tables. I transitioned into Operations where I was now working with many new team members and departments. I used my time during the Concierge Class to do a deep dive into learning about how the teams operated and then integrated into the bigger picture. I was fascinated by the how we are all interdependent. One decision can affect so much. It truly takes an army to do what we do…

How have you applied what you learned to your role? 
Being exposed to wonderful speakers and sitting in on other Sixthman team meetings, I am constantly reminded that you can gain knowledge from everything around you. Listening to others and learning from them is one of the most powerful tools. 

Do you have a favorite moment from the program? 
I had the opportunity to hear Rebecca Messina speak to a small group here in Atlanta. Her resume is wildly impressive and she had the stories to match. She was asked how she was able to do it all between her career endeavors, being a wife, mother, and avid runner. Her response was “I’m messy, disorganized, and late!”. I loved that she was real and honest by acknowledging that to be all of those things she can’t be perfect at them all. So, while I may kill it every day at the office to help execute moments that make life rock, I am perfectly fine to let my laundry sit unfolded for a bit and drink a glass of wine instead. 

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Jon Owen

Title: Senior Manager of Finance & Accounting

How Long I’ve been at SXM: 3 Years

Why did you apply?  
I’ve worked in Finance since I joined Sixthman in 2014. In that role, there are certain teams and individuals within the company that I rarely (or never) get to work with. The thing that most drew me to this program was the prospect of getting to see all of Sixthman’s teams in action so that I could better understand how they worked and how the pieces of the organization fit together.

How did the program contribute to your professional development? 
Many of the external events I attended focused on leadership. This coincided with me entering a leadership position for the first time in my career. I hope that this timing will help me grow into a better leader. 

Do you have a favorite moment from the program?
Some necessary background info: I went through the program with Nadine Phelps who worked in Guest Services when we started the year. As we went through the program, it became clear to me that her natural skills made her a perfect fit for a need we had in Finance, and I eventually convinced her to come work on our team. My favorite Concierge moment was seeing Nadine grow in her new role and spearhead a new mentorship program at Sixthman. I’m proud to have her on my team and I don’t know if that would have happened if we hadn’t gone through Concierge together.

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Nadine Phelps

Title: Financial & Reservation Accountant

How Long I’ve been at SXM: 3 Years

Why did you apply?
I’d been at Sixthman for two years and although I really loved my role, I was itching to stretch my legs and explore my path. It was a pretty crowded field that year and I almost didn’t apply but our inaugural concierge class graduate Geoff Stephenson encouraged me to apply (thanks Geoff!).  Concierge gave me exposure to each department, its structures, leaders, workload, and at the tail end of my year in the program I moved to the Finance team.

How did the program contribute to your professional development?
In addition to my new role at Sixthman, I learned I have an interest in culture. It’s the people that make Sixthman such a special place to work and I wondered how I could best to serve my fellow team members. I worked with our Concierge leader Sarah to develop a mentorship program and I hope to have the opportunity to work on more of these kinds of projects in the future.

Do you have a favorite moment from the program?
Too many to count! Jon and I went to a podcast festival, we judged festival pitches at Kennesaw State University, and we attended countless speaker series in Atlanta. Recently, all of the concierge graduates attended Plywood Presents where we heard Inky Johnson speak. I’m not really a sports fan, but Inky’s talk on persistence, hope, and joy in the face of adversity absolutely blew me away. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. I’d recommend the talk to anyone, it may change your life!

Meet the Sixthman Office Dogs!

One of the most fun things about our Atlanta-based office is that we usually have a few pups hanging around. Take a moment to meet the regulars!



Owners: Jen & Matt
Breed: Portuguese Podengo Medio + Muppet
Age: No one really knows… probably 16+ human years, 90-ish in dog years.
Fun fact: She’s afraid of the edge of the fake grass “carpet” in the office. When she needs to cross the edge to get on or off of it, she jumps way over it, as if it were a ledge. Totally unnecessary.
Hashtag: #mydogthemuppet


Owner: Jill
Breed: Toy Poodle
Age: 2 human years, 24 dog years
Fun fact: She loves to give high fives!
Hashtag: #PixiePeasPlace *coming soon* 


Owner: Carlee
Breed: Boykin Spaniel
Age: 4 human years, 32 dog years
Fun fact: He's a wild child. He's got a lot to say and more energy than most 6-month old puppies. He's always the first to let us konw when there's an intruder (aka mailman) in the office. 
Hashtag: #coopergramz (Ignore the silly white dog. He invaded a couple of years ago. My Cooper was first!)


Owner: Jon
Breed: Great Dane + Weimaraner Mix
Age: 4 human years, 32 dog years
Fun fact: Stella is the largest dog in the history of SXM office dogs.
Hashtag: picturesofstella


Owners: Natalie
Breed: Llewellin Setter
Age: 5 months in human time... toddler in doggie time.
Fun fact: Kevin sleeps on his back with all his legs spread into the air... weirdo! 
Hashtag: #misterkevindean or #softkevin


Owner: Ashley
Breed: Potcake (Really, look it up.) She's a mixed breed rescue so I'm not exactly sure. Her vet says she's likely part Whippet and Lab.
Age: 2 1/2 human years, 17 1/2 dog years. 
Fun fact: She was voted "Most Likely To Steal Your Chair" at the 2016 Sixthman Advance. She has more than earned that title. Ask anyone.
Hashtag: #lennongramz


Owner: Lauraine
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Age: 11 human years, 65 dog years
Fun fact: She's the unofficial office greeter - we're usually one of the firsts in the office and she'll run out to greet everyone at the door as they come in. She loves to roll around on the lawn during a Sixthman Session, or when I'm talking at a staff meeting.


Owner: Elise
Breed: Labradoodle
Age: 10 months, so approx. 10 human years
Fun fact: He has a bad case of “Resting Sad Face” and the most impressive vertical jump.
Hashtag: #ItsMillerTime

Keep track of all of our canine co-workers, plus some of our favorite doggie visitors by viewing the #sxmofficedog feed! For now, I'll leave you with a gallery featuring a few fun general office dog shots! 



Jayne and Nadine's Chankanaab Adventure

 So like, a year ago, the leadership team at Sixthman told us we needed to do some research about popular shore excursions so we could be more informed when describing them to our guests.

Um, chyeah. Count us in! Nadine and I did all of you (and us) a favor by checking out the Chankanaab Beach Park & Snorkel excursion in Cozumel, Mexico. I know what you’re thinking. “But Sixthman Jayne, how do I know if this is the excursion for me?”

Let me break it down for you.


 Price: $59.00 for Adults, $39.00 for kids

Duration: About 4 hours – but you can stretch it out if you take your own transportation back to the ship

Family Friendly: Absolutely. We had to get up pretty early in the morning, which means we were basically just like a couple of tired 8-year-olds, and we had a great time.

Opportunity to get kissed by a sea lion: Yes. More on that later.


 Step One: Get Your Tix

Once you have your Norwegian reservation number, you can log in to to research and book a shore excursion. We didn’t have that kind of foresight, so instead, we purchased our tickets on board the ship.

It was the CoverGirl of ticket buying experiences: easy, breezy, beautiful. (Duh). I went to the shore excursions desk (Atrium, Deck 7, MID), told the NCL team which excursion I wanted to purchase, handed over my keycard – one swipe later, and I had my tickets in hand.

Step Two: Meet at the Rendezvous Point

We were told to meet at the end of the pier at 8:45am. We gave ourselves a little extra time because, well, we’re not morning people. We were greeted by our tour leader, Jorge who was super nice – but he had to deliver some disappointing news. It was a windy day and the water was too dangerous, so they had to cancel the snorkeling portion of our excursion.

Not a problem for us. New plan: find the fruity drinks!

Step Three: Follow the Leader

Jorge showed us to our shuttle and it was a quick 20 minute ride from the port to Chankanaab. Once we arrived, Jorge gave us our wristbands and led us inside to show us all of the fun stuff we could do instead of snorkeling. There were replicas of prehispanic ruins, a Mayan house, a lagoon, a winding path through the property’s beautiful gardens, a couple of restaurants and bars, and THE BEACH.

It was still pretty early in the morning at this point, so we figured we probably needed to earn our adult beverages. We took a stroll around the lagoon, snapped photos with some of our favorite statues, and pretended not to be afraid of the giant alligators sunbathing in their garden cage.

 Step Four: Frozen Drinks!

After escaping an inevitable gator attack, we needed a piña colada to settle our nerves. We bellied up to the bar underneath a tropical thatched roof and enjoyed the cool ocean breeze. Who needs snorkels when there’s a perfectly delightful drink menu and sociable bartenders at the ready?

 Step Five: Guacamole (and no, it doesn’t cost extra)

The only thing that could have made our beach hut bar experience better was SNACKS. Jorge did not disappoint. He pulled out a tray of avocado, onion, tomato, cilantro, and lime: all of the ingredients for a giant batch of guacamole! He walked us through the steps of making this Mexican favorite. We laughed, we cried (um, onions!), and we snacked.

 Step Six: More Frozen Drinks + Beach Hangs

With a couple of satisfied tummies, the only logical next step was a nap on the beach. We found a sunny spot and started soaking in the rays. Oh, and did you know there are bartenders roaming the beach who are ready to bring you more piña coladas whenever you want?! True story.

We attempted a brief swim in one of the smaller coves. The water felt great – but it was still a bit choppy due to the high winds. We swam long enough to get that good salt water treatment in our hair, made friends with some fellow swimmers, and then spent a few minutes drying off in the sand.

 Step Seven: Tequila

A tequila tasting was included in the price of the excursion, and we were determined to get the most bang for our buck. We met up with Jorge in a little building with a big table and five types of tequila for us to sample. If you’re worried about our consumption at this point, don’t fret. We just had teeny tiny sips of each one. We tried strange flavors like coffee and blueberry, toasted each other en español, and learned all about the differences between tequila and mezcal (tequila is produced in the Jalisco region of Mexico and comes from the blue agave plant, mezcal is made from green agave), and I’m pretty sure we would do it all over again if we could.

 Step Eight: Sea Lions!

Your chances of getting some serious facetime with live animals at Chankanaab are like, 99.9%. (See also: Nadine with parrots). After our tequila tasting, we walked across the street to an outdoor pool – and thus began the greatest part of our day: THE SEA LION SHOW! We met three happy sea lions who waved, flipped, jumped, dived, and splashed their way into our hearts. At the end of the show when the sea lion trainers offered to take our photo with a sea lion, we jumped at the opportunity. And check it out – we got to first base! **smooch**

 Step Nine: Hit the Road

Apparently, the sea lions had to leave us because it was their “nap time”. (We’re pretty sure they were just tired of listening to us make all of those “awwww!” sounds). And with that, we began making our way back to the shuttle.

On our way out of the park, we made note of all the other fun stuff available at Chankanaab that didn’t fit into our schedule that day including a zip line course, swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, glass bottom kayaking, and more!

Another quick shuttle ride back to the port, a couple of high fives for Jorge, and our Chankanaab excursion came to an end.

 Step Ten: Tell All Your Friends

In case anyone at the Sixthman office was curious about how much fun we had at Chankanaab, we posted our sea lion pics on the wall for all to enjoy. I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face or stop telling stories about guac and tequila and ocean breezes for at least 48 hours. Plus, that salt water treatment made my hair look fab.


Two enthusiastic thumbs up. Fun for the whole family. We’ll be back!

My First Sixthman Advance

With a solid two months of Sixthman life under my belt I was beginning to feel like I was finally getting the hang of life in my new gig. I had my morning commute down to a tight 12 minute ride, was chiming in on all the fun Slack channel conversations, and more importantly I was establishing supportive and loving relationships with the office dogs. But one aspect of Sixthman life was still looming – The Advance. Ever since my first day at Sixthman I knew The Advance was as important to Sixthman as Kanye is to Kanye. I’d had it on my calendar within the first minute of signing my contract, this was clearly THE event of a Sixthman summer.

For those of you who are like, “Okay, congrats on the new dog friendships, but what is an advance- I’m just trying to find more info on drink packages!?” Let me explain. The Advance is a three day, two night team building and bonding trip for Sixthman employees at Lake Lanier to reset before heading into cruising season. While some of you might think that sounds like a “work retreat” you’re totally and completely wrong because at Sixthman we don’t retreat, we ADVANCE!

The Advance proved to be every good thing I hoped it would be and more! I laughed, I cried, I learned and by the end of it quite a few people called me the F-word… FRIEND! So without further ado are my favorite moments from The Advance:

1.     Beach Party:

The day started with the Sixthman Olympics, where we tested new games to bring onboard Sixthman cruises. Not to risk any sailing spoilers, but baby masks, whipped cream, and a simulation egg laying contraption were all in the mix. From there we were treated to a delicious Mexican dinner and I watched a Sixthman beach volleyball game so intense Misty May herself would have had to tap out! But my favorite part of the night was when all my new coworker pals and I pulled chairs around a big beach bonfire, filled up our drinks and just hung out!

2.     Captain’s Dinner:

With everyone decked out in their crisp captain’s shirts we were all treated to a decadent dinner on a picturesque dock. We had four long tables set in the shape of a huge square so everyone was in each other’s view and before we were allowed to eat we had to play the biggest game of flip cup I’d ever seen-  it was awesome!

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3.     Sixthman Solves Sessions:

Contrary to what the past two moments express we actually did a lot of thought-provoking and productive team building exercises at The Advance and my favorite was being part of a Communication and Care Breakout Session. In this breakout session we were split into groups and prompted with communication based dilemmas to find solutions for. Being able to express real and honest opinions, and have actual input to the interdepartmental communications of the company made me feel heard and cared for by our Leadership team. Exercises like this helped me hone into how much of a collective effort Sixthman life truly is.

4.     Letters from my family:

During The Advance we stayed in adorable cabins on Lake Lanier that were stocked with snacks, drinks and my favorite part- a packet of letters from my family. Each person was given a packet of letters from their family, friends and other important people in their lives – it was such a touching and kind gesture that said so much about the values at Sixthman. It made me feel so happy to be a part of a group of people who value sentimental gestures and understand how to make their people feel special and remembered.   

5.     The Roadhouse:

Have you ever gotten such a nice compliment you started crying? Have you played the floor is lava in the past two months nay past two years?  Well I have, thanks to the Roadhouse. The Roadhouse was the party palace, The Advance’s hot spot, the most popular dorm… it just had that it factor … and by it factor I mean lots of snacks and even more booze. Nighttime dance parties, philosophical porch table debates and even watching grown men take “shots” of easy mac cheese powder defined the Roadhouse and reaffirmed why I was so excited to be a part of this crazy fun group!

The SXM Staff and their families on 'Family Day'

The SXM Staff and their families on 'Family Day'






Here at Sixthman, there's a term that has been in use for a while:

What does it mean?
Well, my name is Bear and it’s a way to describe the things that I do!


Where to start? I joined Sixthman in 2009, first as a Production Assistant, then as a full time Ninja and Host Ambassador. My wise and visionary leader, Joy, noticed that the various things I did had value and were important to the company. She challenged me to find a way to make a difference by doing BEARSTUFF. (All caps. One word.)

My mission became clear: Do everything in my power to make sure our guests have the best time possible. I took this on as a personal crusade. In an effort to define what BEARSTUFF is, here are examples of a few things I do: 

On land, I'm on the phones/chats/emails 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday, with one purpose: Make our guests feel special, informed, excited and ready for the best vacation possible! That could mean anything from helping a family work out a payment plan due to some unforeseen hardship, to empathizing with a guest whose favorite band is missing from the lineup. I've even explained geography and math to everyone from PHDs to Bank Tellers, and I've spent 57 minutes describing every possible detail of the buffet line. That's BEARSTUFF.

Here's a list of various scenarios which come across my desk on the ship:
(Just kidding about that desk... you'll never - ever - see me sitting at a desk when sailing.)

  • Coordinate a 50th birthday celebration for a 16 time grandmother on Sail Across The Sun
  • Find a place for a F#@K Cancer meet up on Kid Rock Cruise
  • Send a bottle of champagne and roses to a newly wed couple on Outlaw Country Cruise
  • Send a note and treats to new parents on PARAHOY
  • Help EVERYONE win big on the craps table on Cayamo or any of our cruises for that matter . . . BEARSTUFF.

But there's more! BEARSTUFF is never over. I might tell a kid on The KISS Kruise where he should stand so that he might be able to bump into Paul. I once gave a Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea guest advice on which tequila store is the best on the strip in Cozumel and then went with them to do quality control. Football fans who need to keep informed of their scores while we are away, know where to find me. After a particularly jam packed day spent hosting Q and A's, flip cup tournaments, and manning a shift at the info desk, I sat with a Rock Boater who just lost their mother and watched an amazing sunset. Yup, BEARSTUFF.

BEARSTUFF works for my Sixthman family too. I want to play my part to help our whole team do what they do best: MAKE YOUR VACATION AMAZING. That means taking time to listen and personally study ALL of the good, bad, and ugly, translate all the facts and figures to graphs, charts, and actions designed to help make us the BEST and then EVEN BETTER. 

To wrap it up, its the little touches with big results. Just help out however you can because, why not? When we all go above and beyond just because . . . we ALL do BEARSTUFF.