SBC 24


Dearest Cruisers,

With under 100 days to go we're getting excited and we hope you are too!  We know you have questions and we are doing our best to address them.  Everyone has been so patient while we determine our cruise destinations due to the effects of recent hurricanes… and we thank you.  

For now, I’d like to share the newest additions to our line-up, so here goes:  Casey James, a finalist from American Idol who has a song co-written and performed with Delbert on his latest album, Anson Funderburgh, Bob DiPiero, Tom Hambridge, Big Joe Maher, The Howlin' Brothers, and John Wesley Satterfield whom you'll hear about from Delaney below!  And of course, our very own Mars Czar, Scott Hubbard.  Professor Hubbard from Stanford University and NASA will talk about humans going to Mars- those who want to go.  Then there are those we would like to send, but that's for another day.  We're looking forward to seeing you all very, very soon!

We are working with Holland America to nail down a new itinerary and we're getting very close.  Remember, we are vying with every other cruise line for port access.  That said, we have told HAL we will go in any direction that makes sense.  We just want to see each other and have fun! 

So while we wait...get a jump on your holiday shopping by pre-ordering the upcoming Delbert McClinton biography, One of the Fortunate Few, by Diana Finlay Hendricks. The release date is December 6th and you can get it on Amazon HERE or Barnes & Noble HERE

Delbert and Diana will hold a book signing session on the ship. Diana will talk about writing biographies and Delbert will talk about himself, with varying degrees of discomfort :-)



We are very excited to announce John Wesley Satterfield will be joining us on SBC24!  John is a talented singer/songwriter and the president and founder of Hope Song, a non-profit program that brings the healing power of music to the patients of CHIPSA hospital in Mexico.  We encourage you to check out this organization and donate to their cause if you are so inclined. If you have sailed with us before you know how truly therapeutic music can be and that's what John and his team provide for these patients. We will be hosting a special writers round on SBC24 specifically honoring Hope Song and their mission! You won't want to miss it!


Below are the beverage packages that will be offered onboard the Nieuw Amsterdam.
Be sure to read the fine print at the bottom.  Although ‘not for everyone’ we know plenty of SBC cruisers who have gotten their money’s worth!



SBC Cruisers like to decorate their doors for many reasons.  Some simply like to be able to find their own door when walking down the hall; while others are in it for the spirit of competition and prizes. 
For the SBC 24 Door Decorating Contest, you can choose from the following themes:
1.  Any Texas SBC Artist (Past or Present)
2.  Any Female SBC Artist (Past or Present)
3.  Givin It Up For Your Love
Judging is based on Creativity & Originality.
Most cabin doors are 22" wide.  Remember to use easily removable tape; or magnets as the doors are metal!

First Prize:        $300 on board cabin credit
Second Prize:    $200 on board cabin credit
Third Prize:       $100 on board cabin credit
Important Information from Holland America:
Door decorations should not obstruct doorways, hallways, or create any fire hazard.  All materials must be flame retardant and cannot include any electrical components such as lights. Please respect ship property and do not damage door surfaces. It is your responsibility to remove your decorations at the end of the cruise and restore the door to its original state. The costs associated with any damage due to decorations will be charged to your onboard account.


If you have recently signed up for SBC 24 and this is your first newsletter, be sure to read past newsletters for important reminders and information HERE


November 1st
Final payments are due November 1st.  If you are set up for an auto payment, you can review and update your credit card on file by logging into your SBC account HERE

December 1st
You will receive an email with your SBC 25 Booking Number and instructions for logging into your Holland America account to print your boarding documents & purchase shore excursions.


“Well, for one thing, there’s a whole lotta guys who’d have liked to been in my shoes…”

This biographic journey through the life of multi-Grammy award winner Delbert McClinton is also the story of the times of this iconic singer/songwriter – telling the history of significant American musical moments and movements.  From his birth on the high plains of West Texas during World War II, to the chartered luxury cruise ships of the 21st century, Delbert McClinton admits he has been One of the Fortunate Few.  

Today, more than sixty years after he first stepped onto a stage, Delbert McClinton shows no signs of slowing down.  In his 77th year, he continues to play sold out concert halls and dance halls, theatres and festival events across the nation. An annual highlight for his fans is the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise, which is in its 24th year, making it the longest running musical theme luxury cruise in history.  The annual chartered cruise brings thousands of superfans together every year for a floating, week-long, sold-out music festival, featuring legendary artists, award-winning songwriters, and up-and-coming new talent. 

The Delbert McClinton story is more than the story of a rags-to-riches musician. A career deeply rooted in Texas spans the nation, from Los Angeles to New York, and from Chicago to Miami.  The life and times of Delbert McClinton provide a soundtrack for many of the great American musical movements, and some great moments in American history.  Chance meetings and casual recollections, as McClinton’s life casually collides with memorable moments that blur the pages of history books.  

From watching an early space missile test off Cape Canaveral in Florida to the JFK assassination; presidential inaugurations and national benefit concerts, tour bus breakdowns and high profile crime scenes, McClinton’s unique story of American history brings with it a strong rhythm section and a hot harmonica lead. 

Diana Finlay Hendricks has been an accomplished editor, writer, reporter, and photographer for more than twenty years—in magazine, newspaper and public relations.  In addition to regular contributions to academic, state and regional magazines, she has recently completed two book projects in the field of Texas music and culture.  In addition to
Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few, Diana contributed the James McMurtry chapter to Poets and Pickers: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer Songwriters of Texas,  (TAMU Press, 2016).

She was the co-owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse, a historic music venue in San Marcos, Texas, for twenty-three years. Nationally known artists spent countless nights on that rustic stage on their way to the top including George Strait, Randy Rogers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Marcia Ball, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Willie Nelson. Diana holds a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Texas music and culture and a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Texas music history and creative writing, both from Texas State University.  

She lives in San Marcos with her amazing dog, Barkley.


$29.95 Cloth
Biography/Memoir - Performing Arts 6 x 9, 232 pp.
30 color, 30 b&w photos. Bib. Index. 
Publication Date: December 6, 2017  - Texas A&M University Press


SBC 24 - June/July Newsletter



Dearest Cruisers,

I know that you have been waiting, and here are the newest artists we’ve added to Sandy Beaches Cruise 24… 

I am thrilled to announce that The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson (Tuff Enuff) will be joining us for SBC 24.  We have also added Sharon Vaughn, (My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys), who will have her own show.  Jimmy Hall will rock the boat as usual.  The Bluz House Rockers will once again be hosting our late-night jams and we have added Paul Brady, one of Ireland’s most highly regarded singer/songwriters.  Of course, Al Andersonwill be on board and Shawn Camp will be with us, too.  It wouldn't be an SBC cruise without Bruce Channel, and Kimmie Rhodes just jumped onboard too!  Red Young will hold court in the late-night bar and during Happy Hour.  Red is planning a Stephen Bruton tribute.  Teresa James will be joining us and will also perform at the SBC 24 Pre-Party!  

This is in addition to our previously announced artists, Delbert McClinton, Marc Broussard, The Mavericks, Mingo Fishtrap, Marcia Ball, Seth Walker, Wayne Toups, Kree Harrison, The McCrary Sisters, Shelley King, The Band of Heathens, Danny Flowers, Gary Nicholson, Doyle & Debbie, and Jaston Williams.  

So what are you waiting for?  If you haven’t booked, visit www.DELBERT.comor call Molly at 1-800-DELBERT If you are booked, tell your friends.  They can still get a discount if they pay in full by August 1st… and you can get cabin credit for the referral if they are first time cruisers.  That’s a win-win!

~ Wendy

When Does your passport expire?

Take a look at your passport and check the expiration date.  Holland America recommends having a passport valid for 6 months past the dates of travel, so if it expires before July of 2018, be sure to get it renewed.  


If you pay your balance in full by August 1st, you may be eligible for a $50 per person discount.
Please contact us before you make your final payment so we can apply the discount.
(Suites and discounted cabins do not qualify for this discount)

Leaving on a jet plane...

All airlines including Southwest are booking flights for the dates of SBC 24.

When you’re looking at flights, here are a couple things to keep in mind.

  • If you are flying to the Fort Lauderdale airport (FLL) on Saturday, January 6th (the day of the cruise) your flight should land no later than 2pm.  This gives you time to claim your luggage and take a taxi to the cruise terminal. 
  • If you are flying home from the Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, January 13th (the day we return) we suggest you book your flight no earlier than Noon.  This is because there is always a chance the we might be delayed due to Customs, immigration or weather.  


Sandy Beaches Cruises will be hosting a pre cruise party at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale on the evening of January 5th.  Full details can be found HERE

Pre-cruise hotel

We are running low on rooms at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, so don’t delay in making your reservation.  Full details can be found HERE.

Spread the word!

Tell all your friends and family about SBC 24!  You could be eligible for $50 in onboard credit for each new reservation.   

Whether they’re ready to book now or have questions about a future reservation, they should call Molly at 1-800-Delbert.