When Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward wrote “New Horizons” with its lyric “I got my new horizons out to sea” he probably never dreamed that forty some-odd years later he’d have a chance to sing the song to fans — out to sea.

For the past few years concerts-at-sea specialists On the Blue have been producing the Moody Blues Cruise, and next year’s third iteration, set to sail Feb. 26 – March 1, 2016, is dubbed “The Moody Blues Cruise III: Lovely to See You.” Taking place aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line shipPearl, the cruise will sail from Miami to Key West and then Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas.

The Moody Blues will play a full concert during the cruise as will special guests Renaissance, Christopher Cross, Rare Earth,the Zombies, Ambrosia, John Waite, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Vanilla Fudge, Strawbs, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Brian Howe of Bad Company, the Ides of March, Mellow Yellow, the Orchestra and Randy Hansen performing his tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Most acts will also participate in meet-and-greets, Q&A sessions and more.

We had a chance to speak with Hayward by phone about the cruise and a few other things; read below to see what he had to say exclusively to

AXS: This is a couple days late, but “happy birthday!” How did you celebrate?

Justin Hayward: Thank you. I actually came home the day before my birthday from doing a private gig in Charleston, South Carolina. So I staggered into a restaurant with a couple pals, completely jet-lagged, then fell into bed. I’m a year older, and I really felt like it!