A cruise ship is a terrible place to go if you have a drinking problem.

The gossipy TMZ and the New York Daily News say that country music star Trace Adkins allegedly got drunk on a country music cruise, fought with an impersonator singing karaoke, and then left the ship in mid cruise when the ship arrived in Jamaica. He subsequently checked into a rehabilitation center.

The tabloid media says that Mr. Atkins struggles with alcoholism but has been sober for 12 years, until the cruise this week. The AP has confirmed that he has entered a rehab program. The newspapers indicate that he has discussed the issue of alcoholism publicly.

Country Cruise NCL Pearl Trace AdkinsMr. Adkins was the top bill on a "Country Cruising" week-long cruise on a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship (the Pearl) which left  Miami on Sunday, January 12th with stops in Ocho Rios (yesterday), Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. The ship will return on Sunday.

You can click on the cruise website and listen to him invite you personally "to the best country cruise ever . . . I sailed on this cruise last year and I can tell you it was a hoot . . .  it was a blowout!"

So right now a boatload of country music fans are sailing without the headlining act. Let’s wish Mr. Adkins well and hope the fiasco doesn’t end up in litigation.  

I suspect that his fans will take the incident in stride.

Mr. Adkins is active on Twitter. On the first day of the cruise, he left his tweet: "Up here in my suite, overlooking the pools. Behave yourselves."   

We have heard of other stars falling victim to the tendency to over-drink on cruises.

A couple of years ago one of the Backstreet Boys got so hammered during a fan cruise that some fans asked Carnival for a refund. 

ABC has a video of the story which you can see here.

  • Ed Jones

    Mr Walker,

    It is hard for me to believe, after following your blog, that you would say something like “Let’s wish Mr. Adkins well and hope the fiasco doesn’t end up in litigation.”

    YOU are a HUGE advocate for the proper reporting of crimes onboard cruise ships…here is an instance of a cruise passenger being attacked by a contracted entertainer…nobody was arrested, nobody was charged, no word on the VICTIM’s condition, the criminal escapes procecution by “checking himself into rehab”, and you want to “wish him well”?

    Let’s look at this for what it is…this is an act of drunken violence committed on the high seas…the perp should not simply be allowed to use celebrity to avoid jail.

  • Sally Watson

    My husband is an alcoholic and we have have enjoyed more than 20 cruises – we just don’t go near the stuff. We still have a wonderful vacation on cruises without the booze. I guess you can’t fix stupid.

  • Kevin

    Was on this cruise. There were several incidents with trace, including going off / swearing & yelling at 10 yr old girl. Hitting another person of cruise staff and his impersonator. Several passengers want refund for traces portion. No name entertainers (in his place), free drinks (for 1 hr. Top shelf not included) & trace concert tickets (future) were the only offers of compensation. Oh yeah look at his tour schedual coming, nowhere near my town, lotta good concert tickets would do most of the people on this cruise. The way I figure this they owe each passenger around three to four hundred dollars for his breach of contract. While yes this an individual with a disease, business is still business, if I don’t go to work I don’t get paid and neither should trace, promoters, travel agent or ncl for his portion.

    Totally disgusted.

  • frank

    I was on this cruise as well and do believe additional compensation should be given rather that what has been offered to date. Do we have any rights as it relates to the non-performance. I have also heard that it was the FDT group which pulled Trace off the boat.

  • Kim

    I was on this cruise too. I believe Flying Dutchman Travel owes every passenger some type of refund. They “fired” Trace Adkins after he put a security guard in a chokehold, that was the last straw for them. FDT announced Trace would not be performing his shows and would be leaving the ship in Jamaica. They announced this early Monday afternoon; the ship was not due into Jamaica until Wednesday morning!
    The compensation offered is a joke. I went to the FDT hospitality desk during the cruise and asked them if the trip insurance I bought covered this trip. FDT had five representatives at the desk. One “gentleman” looked at me and said, “Did you pay for a cruise”? I replied yes. He then said, “Are you on a cruise”? I replied yes. He said “then you got what you paid for, what’s the problem”? The problem is…I bet FDT had an insurance policy on their talent. I bet they will be collecting compensation for their “Stars” nonperformance. What happens to the folks that paid A LOT OF MONEY for this cruise only because Trace Adkins was supposed to perform and they did not get what they paid for??
    No one should ever book a theme cruise (or any other travel) with Flying Dutchman Travel.

    Totally disgusted!