When embarking upon an exciting cruise holiday, everyone expects to be entertained. Whether it’s by comedians, dancers or circus performers, some people are not particularly bothered. However, for many cruisers nowadays, it’s all about the music! Due to the growing number of music fans choosing cruise getaways, an influx of fantastic music cruises have come to the forefront of the cruise industry, offering passengers a fabulous festival experience at sea, often with a collection of world-famous bands and artists performing whilst guests voyage to far flung corners of the globe. This blog will take a look at some of the upcoming music cruises making waves in the industry.
Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess is soon to embark on a week-long ‘Concerts at Sea Rock n Roll Cruise’, sailing to a medley of the Southern Caribbean islands, including the beautiful Bahamas, attractive Aruba and captivating Curacao. After departing from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, guests will be treated to a variety of performances from iconic bands and artists from the 1950s and 60s, including the Drifters, the Raiders, BJ Thomas, Paul Revere and Mary Wilson of the Supremes. Other exciting musically themed events on-board will include autograph signing, question-and-answer sessions, trivia games and cocktail parties.
At a different end of the musical spectrum, the ‘70,000 Tons of Metal’ music cruises will take place aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. This hard-hitting heavy metal music cruise will feature thumping bands including Carcass, Death Angel, Dark Tranquillity and Dirty Rotten Imbeciles for a four-night round trip from Miami, calling at a wonderful Caribbean destination voted for by guests. The music cruises will also involve a meet and greet with the bands and many other fun-filled events such as belly-flop contests.
‘The Weezer Cruise’ by Carnival Cruises is sure to appeal to the band’s legions of dedicated fans all over the world. Sailing to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Fascination, this music cruise will feature performances from Weezer, as well as other still-to-be-confirmed bands, and will also incorporate a private island beach party and concert, at which I can pretty much guarantee the very appropriate track ‘Island in the Sun’ will be played! The Weezer music cruises will also feature an interactive Weezer-themed game show, a terrific cocktail party and an extensive question-and-answer session with the band.
Fans of the Grammy Award-winning band Train will fervently enjoy their fantastic ‘Sail Across the Sun: A Music, Food & Wine Festival at Sea’ music cruises aboard the Norwegian Pearl. The cruise will take passengers from Miami to Grand Cayman, whilst the band performs alongside a plethora of supporting acts such as Vicci Martinez, Brett Dennan and DJ Soulman. Train’s band members will also be hosting other activities across the vessel, including trivia games and wine tasting sessions, allowing passengers to get up close to their favourite musicians.
NCL’s Norwegian Pearl will also host the ‘Fifth Annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise’ on which guests can enjoy music from and party with the legendary performer Kid Rock and a full line-up of artists carefully selected by the Kid himself. Passengers are invited to party hard at daily shows across the vessel, alongside an array of other events, as they journey from Miami to Key West, via NCL’s private island Great Stirrup Cay, or Kid Rock’s Redneck Paradise as it will be known during this exhilarating music cruise.
The beginning of April will see the embarkation of ‘The Moody Blues Cruise: Return to the Isle of Wight’ with iconic English rockers, the Moody Blues. Guests will sail aboard the MSC Divina on a roundtrip from Miami, calling in exotic locations including Nassau and Grand Turk, on a music cruise inspired by the famous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. This five-night trip will also feature special guest bands and artists including the Zombies and Roger Daltry from the Who, to create the ultimate rock music cruise experience.
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