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The setting made for unique moments. The Canadian band Enter The Haggis performed one afternoon outdoors. Midway through a song, their lead guitarist set down his instrument and took a running leap into the swimming pool. He then climbed back onto the stage and resumed playing as another band member toweled him off.

During an inspired bluegrass rendition of “Orange Blossom Special,” Steep Canyon Rangers fiddler Nicky Sanders added bits of “Norwegian Wood,” “Sabre Dance” and the Simpsons’ theme.

“I love playing train songs on a boat,” he said.

There were three shore stops, but my wife and I never left the ship. Instead we rested up for the next show.

One evening, as the Pearl pulled back out to sea, there was a big clank just before Mr. Prine’s concert began.

“That,” he said, “is the first time we ever had an anchor open for us.”

CAYAMO CRUISE: Seven-day cruise from Miami on the Norwegian Pearl to the Caribbean, Feb. 5-12. All cabins have been booked, but a waiting list is available for rooms that open up due to cancellations. Other niche and genre music cruises listed under “Events” at