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Up Close Islander.In a spectacular debut that promises to redefine luxury cruising, the newly reimagined Margaritaville at Sea Islander embarked on its maiden voyage today. Departing from the vibrant Port Tampa Bay, the ship is bound for Cozumel, Mexico, on an enchanting four-night journey that heralds a new era of sea-bound adventure.

Setting Sail in Style

Islander Suite.

Islander Suite.

Spanning 12 decks and accommodating up to 2,650 passengers, the Islander is more than just a ship; it is a floating paradise designed to offer an unforgettable escape. Christopher Ivy, CEO of Margaritaville at Sea, expressed his excitement: “We’re thrilled to kick off the summer by giving guests the opportunity to experience the Margaritaville state of mind on the open ocean like never before. The Islander offers an entirely new way to float into island time, providing couples, families, and friends an unforgettable journey with new spaces and experiences to explore, making the voyage just as enjoyable as the destinations.”

A Blessing from the Godmother

The ship’s christening was a momentous occasion, blessed by Godmother Savannah Buffett, daughter of the legendary Jimmy Buffett. In her celebratory speech, she declared, “Bubbles up, cheers to many a lovely cruise. To the winds in our hair and margaritas in our shoes, fins up forever.”

5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar.

5 o’clock Somewhere Bar.

Destinations and Itineraries

Following its inaugural trip to Cozumel, the Islander will continue to sail on four- and five-night cruises to the picturesque locales of Key West and Mexico. Excitingly, in 2025, the ship will expand its horizons with extended six- and seven-night itineraries, adding Belize, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman to its list of destinations.

A Feast for the Senses

The Islander promises a culinary adventure with six new dining concepts and 11 exclusive bars and lounges. Highlights include:

  • Far Side of the World Sushi Bar: An Asian-fusion sushi bar offering innovative creations like Signature Sea-Cuterie Boards and Crunchy Volcano Rolls.
  • Mexican Cutie Cantina: A customizable street-style taco experience, perfect for breakfast burritos or the first margarita of the day.
  • Island Eats is an adults-only seafood shack within The Tiki Bar. It serves delectable ocean bites like tuna nachos and crab salad.
  • The Flip Flop Atrium: Central lounge offering signature cocktails in the heart of the 14-story atrium.
  • Hot, Hot, Hot Night Club: A two-story nightclub where guests can dance the night away.
  • Bubbles Up Lounge and Champagne Bar: A bubbly oasis serving upscale wines and featured cocktails.

Unmatched Entertainment

Entertainment aboard the Islander is nothing short of spectacular. Guests will be captivated by two new live production shows and theme nights, including:

  • Conky Tonkin’ at Sea: A country-themed musical extravaganza featuring contemporary and classic favourites.
  • Caribbean Heat Remix: A high-energy show celebrating Caribbean culture through dance, acrobatics, and vibrant music.

Additionally, themed experiences like Boots and Bubbles (Dress to Impress) and Rock the Trop ensure that every night is unforgettable.

Family-Friendly Fun

The Islander is designed for guests of all ages and features:

  • Caribbean Amphibian Play Pad & Slide: A fun-filled playground with a waterslide and splash pads for young adventurers.
  • Dis and Dat Activity Zone: An innovative combination of cornhole and mini-golf, offering unique fun for the whole family.
  • Defying Gravity Experience: Circus-themed workshops, interactive game shows, and scavenger hunts.

Luxurious Accommodations

Passengers can unwind in the Islander’s 1,105 staterooms, each thoughtfully designed with a nod to the sand, sea, and sky. From cozy interiors to 700 balcony staterooms and six ultra-exclusive Signature Suites, there’s a perfect space for everyone.

Book Your Escape

Bookings are now open for those eager to experience the Margaritaville at Sea Islander. Visit Margaritaville at Sea for more information and to secure your spot on this unparalleled voyage.




Written by: My Thanh Pham