Now That Christmas is Over, It’s Time for a Sea Cruise

There are a lot of cabins that need to be filled on the mega-ships that ply the Caribbean this time of year. One way of getting punters onboard is with offer music-themed cruises, which, over the last couple of years, have become more and more niche-y in their appeal. Here’s a quick guide to a few of them.


70,000 Tons (Liberty of the Seas, January 22-26, 2015)

“The world’s biggest heavy metal cruise” departs Fort Lauderdale for Jamaica on January 22. Acts include Arch Enemy, Apocalyptica, Behemoth, Blind Guardian, Cannibal Corpse, Destruction, Napalm Death, Venom and more. The cost? Just $666 (cruise only; you have to find your own way to Florida). More details here.


Rock the Boat XV (Norwegian Pearl, January 24-28, 2015)

This year, “the world’s greatest cruising festival” features Sister Hazel, Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti and a bunch more. Everyone heads from Miami to Cozumel–and from what I can tell, it’s sold out. More details here.


ShipRocked (Norwegian Pearl, February 2-6, 2015)

WARNING: Among the featured band is Limp Bizkit. Pricing starts around $1,000. Details here.


311 Cruise (Norwegian Pearl, February 25-March 1, 2015)

Obviously, 311 is on the bill. They’ll be joined by Dirty Heads and a bunch of others on a trip from Miami to Jamaica. It’s looking pretty sold out but you can check out availability here.


Monsters of Rock (MSC Divina, April 18-22, 2015)

Cruise like it’s 1989: Tesla, Europe, Queensryche, Night Rangers, Faster Pussycat–you get the idea. The cruise runs from Miami to Nassau. Not much is left, but you can still squeeze in for about $1,499. Here’s the website.


KISS KRUISE V (Norwegian Pearl, October 30-November 3, 2015)

Join KISS for a float from Miami to to Jamaica during which time they’ll perform KISS ALIVE! in its entirety. Prices start at $900. More details here.


Rock Legends Cruise (Independence of the Seas, January 21-25, 2016)

With the 2015 cruise completely sold out, so it’s time to look ahead to next year. No bands have been announced yet, but if you want to get in early on this cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Turks and Caicos, you can do it here.


More theme cruises can be found here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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