Concert cruises where you can mingle with rock stars
From Kiss to Kid Rock, Matchbox Twenty to Weezer (and many more in between), chances are that one of the coming year’s concert-themed cruises will really float your boat. With several concert cruise promoters in tune with the wants of rock ‘n’ roll fans, cruise-goers can now listen to chart-topping bands while charting the seas.
Best of all, with rates as low as $500, some of these cruise getaways are priced for a song. Bookings as far out as April 2014 are available.
The Kiss Kruise III
Dates: Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2013
Rates: From $1,000/person
Sailing a four-night route (Miami to Key West to the Bahamas) aboard the Norwegian Pearl, The Kiss Kruise III comes headlined by Kiss for a fitting Halloween cruise with one of rock ‘n’ roll’s best-costumed bands. From their full-blown concerts to “un-masked” acoustic deck shows to band-hosted onboard activities and group Q&A sessions, you’ll get plenty of face time with Kiss themselves. Plus, expect quirky extras like a Kiss-themed vow renewal ceremony and theme nights (like a BYOW—bring-your-own-wig—party), all capped off by a Kiss look-a-like costume contest on Halloween night. The event is put on by concert cruise promoted Sixthman.
Dates: Nov. 1-5, 2013
Rates: From $500/person
Another Sixthman-run, Norwegian Pearl 4-nighter from Miami, the Rombello music festival at sea is slated to feature a host of live bands, including Michael Franti & Spearhead, G. Love & Special Sauce, State Radio, and more. Rockin’ onboard activities will include games like a live-music-led game of “boozical chairs” (booze-fueled musical chairs), and activities like a “silent disco,” where club-goers groove to the beat with headphones.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man Cruise
Dates: Oct. 20-24, 2013
Rates: From $700/person
Set sail from Miami this fall for a four-night sailing helmed by rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl. In between sets—including performances by Skynyrd and accompanying acts such as Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Los Lonely Boys, and more —enjoy port calls in Key West, Fla., and Great Stirrup Cay (the cruise line’s private isle), in the Bahamas.
Matchbox Twenty Cruise
Dates: Dec. 6-9, 2013
Rates: From $849/person