One Ocean, Four Boats and 100 Rock and Metal Bands: Music-Themed Cruises

Deck from the MSC POESIA, Shiprocked Cruise ship.

Searching for a rockin’ musical getaway? Grab your swimsuit and a life vest because it seems the sea is where you will find many hot bands from the past and present.  I’ll grant you, the cruise industry isn’t exactly beacon of trust, highlighted by the Italian cruise disaster earlier this year, but this hasn’t stopped several bands from joining special music cruises. And there are more cruises available than you might think.

By chance, I stumbled onto the Barge to Hell cruise. In a moment of curiosity, I searched to see if there were other similar adventures. Low and behold, there are several rockin’ adventures to choose from in the next several months (in 2012 and 2013).

Monster of Rock Cruise

Based on a legendary rock festival at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England, the Monster of Rock Cruise, scheduled from March 16 – 20, 2013, will feature bands from the 70s & 80s. Cruisers will embark from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and head to CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas.

Confirmed bands include: Tesla, Kix, Y&T, Great White, Helix, XYZ and Enuff z Nuff

For more information: www.monstersofrockcruise.com

Barge to Hell

What could arguably be the most ferocious cruise of the year, the Barge to Hell will include 40 metal bands across three stages from December 3 to 7, 2012. Each band will play two sets.  The cruise will leave from Miami and head to Nassau, Bahamas.

Confirmed bands include: Sacred Reich, Sepultura, Behemoth, Paradise Lost, Soil Work, Sodom, Napalm Death, Sanctuary, Moonspell, and a whole lot more.

For more information: www.bargetohell.com

Get Ship Rocked IV

Four days and nights of music and mayhem, and yes, even some relaxation, awaits you onboard the 4th annual ShipRocked. The ultimate rock music cruise vacation sets sail November 27 – December 1, 2012 onboard the MSC Poesia from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas.

Confirmed band include: Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Lit, Geoff Tate, Gilby Clarke, In This Moment, Dead Sara and more

For more information: www.getshiprocked.com

Simple Man Cruise

If you’re looking for something a little more Southern Rock, then the Simple Man Cruise is up your alley. From October 27 to 31, 2012, the cruise will embark from Miami and head to Key West and Great Stirrup Cay. Along with plenty of southern-inspired tune, shipmate will have access to a bowling alley, climbing wall, and several other activities.

Confirmed artists include: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Doobie Brothers, Outlaws, A Thousand Horses, Blackberry Smoke, Bonepony, Caddle, The Cadillac Black, and several other musical acts.

For more information: www.simplemancruise.com

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