Music cruises take a group of like-minded fans and put them on a ship together with their favorite bands. Like a floating music festival, good music cruises feature multiple bands performing in different venues, sometimes simultaneously. Part of the fun is going through the schedule and deciding which band you want to see where. I’ve gone on two music cruises, one with 311 and another with Weezer, and both were amazing experiences. I really liked the idea of sailing with a huge group of people who all shared similar music tastes to mine. Here are three great music cruises coming up in 2014:
The Kiss Kruise
This is the fourth Kiss Kruise and kruisers get two Kiss shows during the four-day voyage. The cruise sails from Miami to Nassau and a private island in the Bahamas (and back) with an unmasked, acoustic show on the beach of the island. The band performs another indoor show, in full make-up in the ship’s large theater. There are many other bands on board and many activities and Q & A sessions with the band. Every Kiss Kruiser gets their own group photo with the band, in full makeup. Rates start at $575 per person, with four sharing an inside cabin. Price includes all food and all activities but not drinks. The Kiss Kruise is from October 31 through November 4th with a special onboard pre-cruise Halloween party October 30.
Florida Georgia Line Cruise
The Florida Georgia Line This Is How We Cruise is cool cruise that combines country music, rock and even rap. This cruise sails November 8th through the 12th, also from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas and to Great Stirrup Cay, the cruiseline’s private resort island. The headliner is chart-topping country act Florida Georgia Line, joined by rapper Nelly and some other cool bands. Prices start at $525 per person for a quad-share interior cabin. Two people in an average balcony cabin will pay about $1,000 per person and suites are also available. Again, these are cruise prices and include food and all the activities but no alcohol.
Mad Decent Boat Party
If you like alternative and dance artists like Diplo or Action Bronson, the Mad Decent Boat Party is the perfect music cruise. Sailing November 12th through the 16th on the Norwegian Pearl, the ship features a range of new, dance and techno artists, produced by the same people who created the Mad Decent Block Party. As with the other music cruises, there are Q & A sessions and lots of ways to interact with the artists, along with a lot of great music. Prices start at $600 per person, quad occupancy in an inside cabin and average about $1,200 per person for a balcony cabin.
The Norwegian Pearl
All the cruises are presented by a company called Sixthman, the leader in music cruises. It’s important to cruise with someone who knows what they’re doing as there are a lot of logistics and planning that go into creating an awesome experience for the cruisers. All the cruises are aboard the Norwegian Pearl, which is a full cruise ship, solely chartered and dedicated to the music cruise. There are multiple stages created around the ship, like a music festival, along with the many bars and lounges there already. There are also all the normal cruiseship amenities like a spa, pool hot tubs, fitness center, casino, bowling alley and even a rock climbing wall. The ship has multiple restaurants and 24-hour free room service.
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