Get Your Groove On This Summer With These Seriously Sweet Music Cruises
It’s 80 degrees, you’ve got your feet in a swimming pool, sipping a cold one, listening to your favorite band play an awesome live set. Fifteen minutes later, the same band shows up and jumps in the pool with you. Then you all go play a game of beach volleyball on a private island in the Caribbean.
This is not a dream: multi-day “floating music festivals” are filling cruise ships with regularity, partnering with major lines like Norwegian and Celebrity. Not all of these cruise-ship festivals are a success — it’s not easy to pull off a multi-day concert, sell out a full-ship charter, and create a just-right vibe while keeping things smooth on the high seas. But the ones on this list have figured out the magic formula. Book one, and it’ll be the live concert highlight AND the cruise vacation of your dreams.
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Fans of Groove Cruise, a pioneer in EDM (electronic dance music), are so faithful that many of them book their next sailing while still partying on the current one. Groove Cruise is unique because its original founders have not sold out to big corporations, and because they create a 24-7 “This is the best moment of your life” vibe regardless of whether the DJs onstage are world-renowned or just up-and-coming. The crowd is 20s to mid-30s and the dress code is bikinis, body paint, and Burning Man wear. Travel Channel dubbed this the “Number One Place in the World to Get Your Groove On.”
Next sailings: L.A. to Mexico with Princess, October 2-5; Miami to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Pearl, January 28-February 1, 2015.
Grammy Festival at Sea
A partnership between the Recording Academy and Sixthman — the “festivals at sea” industry leader known for its devoted fan base — the Grammy Festival at Sea is the place to take all the women in your life. Go with your sisters, mom, daughters, best friend from high school — and if the men don’t want to join, don’t force ‘em. This is your chance to sing along unashamedly with the songs that defined you, and possibly tell the artists in person, “OMG you are my hero/girl crush/karaoke go-to.” Headliners include Heart, Emmylou Harris, Skylar Grey, Indigo Girls, Estelle, and Shawn Colvin.
Next sailing: Bahamas on the Norwegian Pearl, November 4-8.