I am almost ashamed to admit that I have never been on a rock cruise. Heck, I’ve only been on one cruise in my life, and that was for my honeymoon. It’s not that I don’t love cruises, because I absolutely do, and yet, I’ve never given much thought to attending a rock cruise. I think I need to live and dream a little more.
Rock cruises seem to be a great way to combine a vacation with the ultimate concert experience. You can ship to an exotic locale, warm yourself on a beautiful beach, and then rock out with your favorite band or bands all night. For a music lover that enjoys travel, this seems to be the perfect getaway. Cruises in general are just an exceptional way to spend a vacation. There’s drinking, games, drinking, excellent food, drinking, partying, and drinking. And since no one’s driving, drink up, man!
And on a rock cruise, not only would you get to witness some great bands live in concert, but after their performance, you get to hang out with them on the ship. Think about it, where the heck are they going to go? This is once in a lifetime access to rock stars where you can ask them any questions you want, buy them a drink, or just stargaze like a teenage fan-boy. Why haven’t I done this yet?
Some cruises are devoted to one individual band (Kiss Cruise, anyone?), while most present a vast array of artists. The Monsters Of Rock Cruise features Cinderella, Tesla, Kix, Ratt, Winger, Mike Tramp, and many, many more. The Rock Legends cruise has Alice Cooper, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Blue Oyster Cult and more. This year’s Shiprocked also had its share of incredible bands. Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, and In This Moment all performed alongside a plethora of other heavy rocking bands.
Each cruise travels to a warm, tropical island, which this time of year has me envious and yearning for summer to get here. And while I always check out the metal festivals and travel to the ones I can (especially M3), I’ve never considered taking a rock cruise. I think it’s time that I branched out a little and gave one a shot. Maybe instead of hitting the festivals next year I’ll look into booking myself on a rock cruise. With some of the lineups that I’ve seen for these cruises, it seems that it would be money well spent. However, it might be the only concert/vacation I get to do all year. The cruises mentioned above start out around the $1100 mark and go up from there, which might be why I haven’t looked into doing one yet. If only I could win that lotto drawing.
What about you? Have you ever gone on a rock cruise? What did you think of the overall experience?
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