10 Sailing Songs for Your Next Cruise Adventure



Whether you want to get excited for your up and coming getaway or maximise the at-sea experience while listening to your iPod by the pool, a great playlist is a cruise holiday must! To help you get in the mood, we’ve put together a list of sailing songs that should make an appearance on the playlists of every cruiser! 

I’m On A Boat – The Lonely Island

Released in 2009, this upbeat hip hop parody is the perfect way to get excited for an impending cruise getaway!

Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte

A Jamaican classic revived by the great Harry Belfonte, this 1956 song makes for great poolside listening.

Don’t Rock My Boat – Bob Marley

No cruise playlist is complete without this hit from the undisputed king of reggae. Whether you sing along in your cabin or tune in while sunbathing by the pool, it’s the ultimate way to get in the cruising mood.

Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival

For those embarking on a river cruise, this Creedence classic is a must download tune. Whether it’s the Rhine, Rhone, Nile or Yangtze, you’ll be rollin’ down the river with a smile on your face!

Come Sail Away – Styx

US rock group Styx shot to fame with this metaphorical song about captaining your own ship. A must download tune for solo sailors!

Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash

In times of heartbreak and despair, a sailor turns to the sea and the Southern Cross for hope and comfort. Great for Australasian itineraries!

Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation

This 1974 hit is a timeless disco classic and a great one to blast before heading out to a deck party or nightclub. You may even hear it blasted by the in-house DJ.

When the Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney

Sip on a sunset cocktail to the sweet sounds of country music heartthrob, Kenny Chesney.

Beyond the Horizon – Bob Dylan

Smooth and laid back, this tune is the ideal way to wind down after a long day spent exploring a port.

Pirates of the Caribbean Theme Song –  Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer

For a high energy sea themed song, this orchestral masterpiece is perfect for the cabin and poolside alike!

We hope enjoy these sailing songs and found some inspiration for your next cruise adventure. If you have a great suggestion for a song, please let us know in the comments section. Happy travels!


Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Jonathan Grado.


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