We all know that cruising is the time for some much-needed peace and quiet. That’s why we love it – right? It’s an opportunity to enjoy the tranquillity of the sea, fine dining, and to totally unwind with a cocktail or two. However, what if you’re after something a little more lively?
There are plenty of musical cruises out there if you’re into the idea of ‘rocking the boat’ (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). From pop to rock, and jazz to classical, here is a selection of musical trips which will have you dancing and singing all the way to the port – and beyond.
Full Metal Cruise
Hey, metalheads – we think you’ll like this. Full Metal Cruise offers five fully-charged days and nights onboard Mein Schiff 2; hardcore bands take to three different stages all across the ship to provide music-lovers with a genuinely-memorable cruise experience. If you’d like to join in, raise the roof at the karaoke evenings and all all-star jam sessions. There are even meet and greets with the bands playing, and movie nights for film buffs.
This isn’t a cruise for the faint-hearted – if you enjoy a sedate swim, be prepared to share the pool with quite a few metalheads having a fairly rowdy time. The vibe is friendly and inclusive, though, so if you’re new to the scene, you’ll be made welcome.
Get your black clothes lined up and perfect your most mournful face – it’s time to embrace the dark side. Founded in 1989, Gothic Cruise offers passengers the chance to enjoy live music, socialise (in a sombre way, of course) and wear club attire at the Club Goth at Sea private parties. Fetishwear isn’t allowed, as a rule, although plenty of people attend dinner in Victorian and steampunk dress.
Tickets include all your taxes and port charges, food, and soft drinks. Lounge acts and high-octane shows will keep you entertained all day and night, and there are even piano bars if you fancy something a little more laid-back. Don’t miss the jacuzzi – although you may want to splash out on a waterproof eyeliner first.
Mad Decent Boat Party
The dates for 2016 haven’t been announced yet, but if recent years are anything to go by, it’s going to be a non-stop celebration. There are surprises around every corner; in 2014, Skrillex did a secret set and Flosstradamus managed to create a rather lively mosh pit. Oh, and there was a crazy party in the ocean when Major Lazer’s private island party kicked off. Sounds pretty sedate, wouldn’t you say?
This party’s all about having a few drinks, enjoying a dance and making a new friends. The music’s mainly pop, dance and electronica – and passengers are encouraged (possibly even expected) to go wild in the sun.
In terms of entertainment, the organisers organise unashamedly-fun activities. The 90s hip hop karaoke is always rammed and there’s a basketball court, themed nights and flip cup championships. There’s even a four-lane bowling alley and a fitness centre if you fancy working off the excess. Don’t expect the on-board gym to be too packed – this is a cruise dedicated to total hedonism.
If this sounds good to you, then you may also be interested in Holy Ship, The Groove Cruise and the Grown and Sexy Cruise.
Classical Music Cruises
After something a little more refined? Kirker offers a range of classical musical cruises around Europe; their offerings for 2016 include trips around Spain, Norway and Morocco’s coasts. The focus is on artistic appreciation. Exclusive classical concerts, talks on fine art and intimate singing soirees are all part of the package.
If you’re after space, these are the perfect cruises for you. It’s always easy to find a quiet corner on board to watch the world go by, chat, or get lost in your favourite book. The array of dining options is sure to please even the fussiest eater, and cruise staff are attentive, friendly, and always happy to help.
The Smooth Jazz Cruise
Jazz…nice! This US-based cruise is a mecca for jazz fans, as a selection of top-rated jazz musicians are picked every year to thrill the crowds. It’s a fun, inclusive way to discover jazz – and the atmosphere is always incredibly relaxed.
Just in case you thought this was a ‘snooze cruise’, think again – it’s been labelled by many as the ‘The Greatest Party at Sea.’ The next cruise, taking place in January 2017, is already boasting some big names. Marcus Miller, Boney James and Brian Culbertson have been confirmed, along with Candy Dulfer, Mindi Abair and Alonzo Bodden.
If you’re mulling over hopping onboard, you’d better be quick – tickets go fast. The next cruise leaves from Florida’s Fort Lauderdale, and stops at Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Half Moon Cay. It’s a great way to explore the US – and a brilliant way to enjoy live jazz at its finest.
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