5 of The Most Thrilling Music Festival Cruises to Try This Year

Picture the scene: After a long day of sipping cocktails by the pool, you’ve just changed into your best Friday night outfit to keep the party going.

Just when you don’t think the day could get better, you hear the roar of a crowd from the main ballroom of your cruise ship. Then you hear a song start up…can it be? That’s right, it’s your favorite band, playing live.

Cruises have always been a hit, and their popularity is growing. Combine them with the thrill of a music festival, and you have one of your most memorable trips yet.

We’ve rounded up some of the best music festival cruises you’ll want to get a ticket to ASAP. Whether you’re a veteran cruiser or a first-timer, this list should get you eager to book your next cruise.

Soul Train Cruise

Soul Train lives on!

The Soul Train Cruise takes off from the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. You’ll travel all the way to beautiful Bermuda via stunning cities like Philipsburg, St. Marten, and Half Moon Cay.

This stunning ship has all the luxurious amenities you could ask for. Start your day at the salon and spa, relax in lounges with panoramic views, and dance the night away.

The entertainment is far from lacking, as the cruise features performances from top-notch artists like Patti LaBelle, Charlie Wilson, and The Whispers.

Get your groove on in the luxurious ship venues to the timeless sounds of soul and funk. As a special bonus, you’ll learn moves from Soul Train dancers themselves.

Looking for even more luxury? Order a room with a private veranda — they’re 50% larger than the ones on other ships!

Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes!

Monsters of Rock Cruise

They weren’t kidding when they named this cruise “Monsters” of Rock. The lineups for this annual cruise are sure to please every die-hard hard rock and heavy metal fan.

This year it includes acts like Tesla, the world-famous rock band that’s been on sold- out tours since 1981. Other acts include Krokus, Extreme and Winger.

The cruise takes place February 8th-14th. It begins in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and journeys through some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches in Belize and Mexico.

One of the highlights that keeps people returning every year is the “Hellacious” poolside stage. That’s right, you can rock out while enjoying a summertime pool party.

The fun on this cruise goes beyond the music. Known to shred a bit on the guitar yourself? Try out the onboard guitar competition, “So You Think You Can Shred?”

Craving something a little sweeter? “Cookin’ for Rock Stars” allows you to learn culinary techniques while competing with some of your favorite rock stars.

The Broadway Cruise

Enjoy all your favorite Broadway hits with fellow Broadway fans on this 4-day cruise from New York to Bermuda.

From October 10-14, Broadway stars and fans alike will gather on the Norwegian Pearl to celebrate the glory of musicals.

The lineup features recognizable faces such as Tony Award winners Alan Cumming, known for his work in plays such as Cabaret, Macbeth and most recently Endgame.

Laura Benanti, another Tony Award winner will also be presenting an exclusive performance. You may know Laura from the TBS comedy The Detour or Broadway hit musical She Loves Me.

The rest of the entertainment itinerary includes intimate solo performances as well as grand-scale shows and cabarets.

There are a variety of venues, each with a different experience. The Atrium, for example, is a double-decker space where you can catch a great view of the stage from almost anywhere in the room.

This boat features more than just world-class entertainment. Prepare to indulge in a variety of restaurants for every palate — whether you prefer fine Italian dining, or a more private dining experience with top-notch room service.

Before you get packing, be sure to check out the theme nights to help you decide what costumes to bring to the ultimate costume parties. Themes will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

The Melissa Etheridge Cruise

Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge has been making audiences swoon with her raspy vocals and catchy choruses since her debut in 1988. Since then, she’s gained countless fans and celebrity fans alike.

From October 20-26, you can rock out inside one of the many beautiful Norwegian Pearl venues to songs by the queen of 90’s folk-rock herself, along with well-known talents like Tegan and Sara. And prepare to laugh until you cry thanks to features with comedian Tig Notaro.

When you’re not dancing and singing along to some of the nation’s best songwriters, kick back with activities like Coffee with Linda. Watch Melissa and her wife Linda enjoy coffee while interviewing special guests.

Pro tip: Bring your best 70’s gear, because theme night is a throwback to that psychedelic era with music and costumes alike.

The Jazz Cruise

While the Jazz Cruise doesn’t take place until January 16th of 2021, you’ll want to be sure to add it to your bucket list now so you can enjoy this popular and exclusive experience with world-class jazz acts.

The cruise has been running successfully for over 20 years, and for good reason!

This year the Jazz Cruise is expected to be extra special as their ship, the Celebrity Infinity, will be freshly renovated with changes that cost around $84 million dollars — including brand new staterooms, cafes and venues.

The lineup for each of the 5 venues is specially curated to create the perfect environment for your listening pleasure.

This elegant ship will take you through the ports of Miami, Curacao, and Aruba, all while indulging in fine dining, spa treatments, and of course some of the world’s finest jazz music.

No matter what genre speaks to you, you’re bound to find a music festival cruise full of new friends and artists you admire. Not to mention plenty of time for R&R between sets!

Whether you’re a Broadway buff or jazz fan, there’s bound to be a music festival cruise you’ll enjoy.

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