The Jimmy Buffett cruise line, Margaritaville at Sea, has expanded its Heroes Sail Free program to include the new ship that will sail out of Tampa starting in June. The program will now allow teachers, first responders and military to sail as many times as they like for free with a paying guest.
In addition, all passengers sailing in the hero’s stateroom will receive an Express Pass and other benefits as part of the enhanced program, the company announced.
“We wanted to add even more value to our ‘Heroes Sail Free’ program, giving these heroes some well-deserved VIP treatment for their dedication and hard work,” said Christopher Ivy, CEO of Margaritaville at Sea. “We’ve been overwhelmed with requests to expand the program to our newest vessel and are excited to answer the call for our heroes.”
The Express Pass gives passengers priority embarkation and disembarkation as well as two complimentary welcome beverages, priority luggage delivery and expedited booking assistance for shore excursions.
Though singer Jimmy Buffett died in 2023, his brand lives on in multiple restaurants and businesses, including the cruise line Margaritaville at Sea, which has been offering low-cost cruises out of Palm Beach since 2021. In June, Tampa will be the port of call for its second, much larger cruise ship, offering trips to Mexico and Key West. The Islander will arrive at Port Tampa Bay in mid June, with the first cruise sailing on June 14.
The free cruise program includes U.S. military service members (active duty and veterans), police, firefighters, EMS personnel, nurses and educators sailing for free with a paying guest.
To be eligible for the deal, passengers must be a verified member through the GovX or ShopVCS platform. Staterooms must be booked online after member verification and at least one paying guest must be booked in the same stateroom. Blackout dates may apply based on available stateroom inventory.