Sip & Sail away with us on the high seas!
Musical duo Nikki and Larry Steen invite you to cozy up with your favorite cocktail and prepare for a special voyage across the ocean to tour their favorite destinations.
Nikki and Larry chatted about music, travel, and cruising on their very first rendezvous over coffee in 2004. Having each toured extensively and performed with multiple cruise lines, they knew quickly that they had found like-minded partners who shared a passion to wander. The couple have since traveled the world together - breaking bread and popping corks - making music, memories, and friends along the way! The creation of their current onboard shows is a result of their desire to connect with fellow travelers who share their vision for greater humanity and the belief that travel can help facilitate it.
Vocalist-dancer Nikki and her husband, bassist-photographer Larry, combine evocative live music with engaging dance videos and stunning images from their tours around the world.
Show #1: Why We Travel
The first of their two, main stage productions can be described as "a musical TED talk," which features compelling stories, videos, and images from around the globe to explore the values and virtues of travel to humankind.
Show #2: Around the World in 8 Tunes
The second show is a foray into Nikki and Larry's more personal adventures - including the remarkable people, places, and experiences they've encountered on their journeys - all told through travel-themed and global music, anecdotes, images, and dance.
Onstage photos & videos
Eclectic live music and vivid storytelling are accompanied by vibrant photos and dance videos in exotic locations, which are displayed during the performances on widescreen.
A couple highlights from live performances
Nikki's folks often joke that she exited the womb doing a cartwheel with a microphone in hand! She has since sung and danced around the world, entertaining passengers with her soulful sound, quick wit, and passionate dance moves. She has worked extensively as an actress in film, television, and on stage, but she began her career training as a gymnast and a dancer, earning a scholarship from the prestigious Duprée Dance Academy in Los Angeles. When not at sea, much of her time is currently spent as lead vocalist for Sip•in•Time and Sip of Soul - her other joint projects with Larry.
Onboard Fitness & Dance Instruction
The vocalist continues to work as a dancer and fitness trainer in Los Angeles, and brings these skills to the high seas to teach and train passengers when she's on break from her performance schedule.
Larry has toured extensively and worked with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, and Mel Tormé, to name a few. When he isn't on tour or making music on the high seas, he works as a bassist in Los Angeles, where he is in demand for his skills on electric and upright bass as well as acoustic bass guitar. The instrumentalist likes to bring his vast knowledge of world music, jazz, funk, and classical to all his creative endeavors, including the Sip & Sail shows with his wife, in which he also serves as musical director and co-arranger. His other passion and profession is capturing images of the places and people he's encountered on his travels.
Onboard photography workshops
Larry's photographs are featured in his onboard music shows, and he loves to avail himself for lectures and discussions with passengers when he isn't on the bandstand.
About the couple
Since their first meeting, Nikki and Larry have logged dozens of voyages together, after which they return to their beautiful home in Los Angeles to reunite with their pups, hit the gym and dance studio, arrange new music, edit their latest travel photos and search for empty walls on which to hang them! The couple has toured with multiple cruise lines, including Silversea, Holland America, Cunard and Carnival, and plans to always continue making music and memories on the high seas.
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller