Savannah Buffett Named Godmother of Margaritaville At Sea Islander

Savannah Buffett. Photo courtesy of Margaritaville At Sea

Savannah Buffet, the daughter of the late Jimmy Buffett was honored at the christening ceremony of the Margaritaville at Sea Islander to be the ship's Godmother.

Jimmy Buffett is remembered as an award-winning singer, songwriter, best-selling author, and sailor. Savannah spent much of her childhood traveling on seaplanes, sailboats, and tour buses with her father. Raised amidst the rhythm of the waves and the allure of sandy shores, Savannah's childhood was immersed in maritime culture.

“I’m beyond excited to be named Godmother of Margaritaville at Sea Islander and look forward to rendering the right concoction of love and luck so she may plow the seas amidst smooth, untroubled waters in search of that one particular harbor,” exclaimed Savannah Buffett. “As a descendent of captains and boat builders, I accept this honor in tribute to the legacy of my seafaring ancestors. Cheers to many lovely cruises!”

Margaritaville At Sea Islander. Photo Jill Weinlein

From acting and literature to music history and photography, she delved into a myriad of disciplines, drawing inspiration from her father’s diverse range of talents. Throughout her career, she's worn numerous hats, serving as a creative and musical consultant, hosting her own radio show on SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville, and co-authoring two children's books with her father, 'Jolly Mon' and 'Trouble Dolls.”

“We are honored to have Savannah as the Godmother of the Islander as she embodies the lifestyle Jimmy was passionate about: life on the water, great food, entertainment, and everything our guests have come to enjoy while vacationing with Margaritaville at Sea,” shared Christopher Ivy, CEO of Margaritaville at Sea.

Amidst her array of achievements and passion for discovery, Savannah holds her lifelong bond with her father as her most beloved treasure.

Margaritaville At Sea Atrium. Photo Jill Weinlein

“Jimmy would be thrilled that Savannah is the Godmother of the Islander,” noted John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville Holdings and Buffett’s partner of 28 years. “With his eldest daughter holding this honor, the christening of the Islander will be a very, very special day for all of us.”

Step onboard into the soaring 14-story atrium with a lively atrium bar. The centerpiece of the atrium is the unique nautical Margaritaville flip-flop sculpture, and three floating upside down margarita glass chandeliers. 

Margaritaville At Sea Islander. Photo Jill Weinlein

A former Costa ship was recently renovated to become the new Margaritaville at Sea Islander. Spanning 12 passenger decks to accommodate up to 2,650 adventure-seeking passengers, the ship is filled with color, Buffett’s inspirational quotes and song lyrics, and a touch of whimsy. 

Each of the 1,105 staterooms and suites are reminiscent of the sky, sea and sand in colors and design. Inspirational messages by some of the late Jimmy Buffett's most iconic songs are displayed in the cabins and throughout the ship.

Islander Stateroom 9003. Photo Jill Weinlein

There are 12 different types of comfortable cruise accommodations to appeal to couples, families multi-generational families and solo travelers. The all new furnishings, Margaritaville theme fixtures, signature bedding, pillows and linens ensures a good night's sleep.

“We are excited to welcome guests onboard our newest ship, debuting a variety of staterooms designed to elevate and refine the Margaritaville experience at sea,” said Brad Schwaeble, COO of Margaritaville. “As we expand, we want to ensure that travelers are immediately transported to the Margaritaville state of mind by featuring some of our more popular venues throughout our hotels, resorts, and restaurants - while most importantly, creating new ones unique to our cruise line.” 

There are six ultra-exclusive, uniquely themed signature Grand Suites. Design inspiration is from some of Buffett's popular songs such as “Come Monday” and “Everlasting Moon.”

Guests will appreciate the large walk-in showers, separate seating area, and several exclusive amenities that include a priority check-in, boarding and debarkation.

Suites have a spacious balcony. Photo Jill Weinlein

There are 700 balcony staterooms offering private lounge chairs and ocean views. The Grand Terrace Corner Suites have an extra-spacious wraparound balcony, while the Serene Junior Suites have ample space and wide-open balcony views.

The Wake View Balcony staterooms are located at the aft of the ship with picturesque open ocean view, as does the Premium Extended Balcony and Breezy Balcony staterooms.

Pool Time on the Margaritaville At Sea. Photo Jill Weinlein

Exclusive to the Margaritaville brand, other renovations to the ship include the three-story poolside LandShark Bar at Sea on decks 9, 10 and 11. Guests will enjoy a margarita at Landshark pool bar, and cool down in the large pool with 'floating' lounge chairs.

Soak and relax in the raised heated whirlpool with a big screen displaying Jimmy Buffett and other songs with Caribbean images.

Islander Dining Room - Photo Jill Weinlein

Suite guests will also receive exclusive concierge services and lounge access, and complimentary nightly dining in the elevated culinary experience inside the Islander Dining Room. Menu items under Opening Act include a classic Shrimp Cocktail and Cauliflower Bites with Tatziki and Turmeric Oil.

Headliner dishes include Striploin Steak with a Peppercorn Sauce and Teriyaki Salmon with a lip smacking miso dressing. Encore desserts include Hazelnut 'Honey Do' Cake with layers of honey and a rich hazelnut filling.

Below the Islander Dining Room is the complimentary-to-all Fins Dining Room. Order the 'Real Deal' Tortilla Soup, Garlic Shrimp and Chocolate Cappuccino Icebox Pie.

Casual Dining at Mexican Cutie Catina. Photo Jill Weinlein

On the other side of LankShark Bar is the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Pool near the Mexican Cutie Cantina for build-your-own street-style tacos with fresh pico de gallo and guacamole. Breakfast burritos and quesadillas are also a fan favorite. 

Other Margaritaville signature favorite dining venues include JWB Prime Steakhouse, Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Margaritaville Coffee Shop, and the elevated Islander Dining Room for a Caribbean and Mexican culinary journey. 

The more than 250,000 guests who have sailed aboard the Palm Beach-based Margaritaville at Sea Paradise will find several familiar favorites, including Paradise Pickleball at Sea, Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria, Margaritaville Coffee Shop, and Cheeseburger in Paradise, surrounded by unforgettable new spaces and experiences to explore. 

Shops onboard. Photo Jill Weinlein

Gift shops onboard offer an array of Margaritaville At Sea souvenirs to bring home the memories of your cruise vacation.

Jimmy Buffet lived by the mantra 'Life is a journey, that is not measured in miles or years, but in experiences.'

Margaritaville at Sea Islander’s Inaugural sailing cruised on June 14 for a four-night itinerary from Port Tampa Bay, with a stop in Cozumel, Mexico and two fun-filled sea days. They also offer a 5-night cruise itinerary. Go to MargaritavilleAtSea to reserve your journey today.

Jill Weinlein

Los Angeles based Jill Weinlein covers travel, food and lifestyle destinations for multiple newspapers, magazines and websites. Her areas of expertise include, luxury travel, culinary reviews, cruising and family travel destinations. Born in Los Angeles, Jill studied Communications and Theatre Arts at UCLA. She has a a Dine and Travel blog - and she writes a weekly restaur...(Read More)

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