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Aquatic Music Festivals: Kickin’ It on the High Seas

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Weezer Cruise

Good-bye Mark McGrath & friends, hello Weezer. For one reason or another, it seems Sugar Ray is done with their run on the high seas. Weezer is taking over and they are ready to get their 90s geek chic rock fans back out for a second romp to the Caribbean. With this current event in sight, I did some information diving into the world of concert cruises, which seem to be trending hard at the moment. All types of sounds are represented and they have one thing in common—they are all Caribbean cruises.

If you have the dough and one of the following music interests, what could be better than sitting by the pool on a cruise ship with your favorite musicians, rocking front and center to some killer music and ending up on a Caribbean island to frolic about with bikini-clad women? Here’s where to sign up.

Hipster Sail
Alt-rock band Weezer announced this week they will take their show on the open seas for the second time in February 2014. The Weezer Cruise will take hipster superfans from Jacksonville to Heaven (okay, just the Bahamas) as they rock two onboard shows and one private island beach concert during the four night adventure. With theme nights afoot and photo opps with the band, geeking out has never been so fun.

Monsters of Rock
Ditch the day job for a week, dig out your leather and hair spray, and get ready to throw the horns. For you, the Monsters of Rock cruise is not just any trip, but the vacation of a lifetime. This year, look forward to Cinderella, Tesla, Queensryche, Lita Ford, Stryper and Kix, to name but a few. Could a run-in with Tawny Kitaen happen? Possibly? It’s not confirmed, but I’m pretty sure you can look forward to an air guitar competition or two.

Rock Legends
You might have missed it this year, but surely they will to do a third Rock Legends cruise next January. Their hair is shorter and a little grayer, but these classic rockers still “got” it. In an intimate and unique setting, cruisers felt the sweat of Foreigner, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Kansas, Molly Hachet and Bob Burns (the original drummer for Skynyrd, dude) on their skin as music recaptured their souls in legendary fashion. Stay tuned for next year’s cruise details.

Shiprocked
When hurricane season ends in the Caribbean, the music tornado begin as Korn, Godsmack and Filter seriously rock fans’ worlds. Last year, these bands set sail from Nov. 27-Dec. 1, and the experience will not be forgotten by those lucky enough to have been at the party. (Some will only remember what happened from pictures) This year, expect mayhem to ensue.

S.S. Coachella
While the land version of the Coachella festival happens each year and has a wide variety of music, the ocean liner Celebrity Silhouette pumps out primarily electronic music all day long. Hitting the Bahamas and Jamaica at the end of last year, the inaugural cruise graced the stars with sets by Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, Pulp, Z-Trip and other cool DJs. Two things Coachella and Celebrity cruises have in common is they are full of class and they bring it all.

Funky Fresh
You just missed the 2013 Caribbean Cruise with 311, but do not fret, there will probably be another one right around March 11. (Go figure, 3/11…get it?). This year, 311 had Less Than Jake, The Aggrolites and DJ Kilmore (from Incubus) along with 2,000+ of their closest friends (biggest fans) for yet another journey across the crystal blue seas to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Check out a recap of last year’s expedition.

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Celebrity Edge Is Like No Cruise Ship We’ve Ever Seen

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If you’ve been thinking about taking a cruise, there is no better time to do so, as there are a number of new ships scheduled to set sail in 2018 from all of the major cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, and Holland America.

One of the ships that we’re most excited about is Celebrity Cruises’ upcoming ship (their first new ship in six years), the Celebrity Edge, which was announced early last year. And now Celebrity Cruises has announced that the ship’s construction is ahead of schedule, with a maiden voyage scheduled for late 2018.

The Celebrity Edge is the first in a new category of Celebrity ships that boasts an innovative new design, with a number of features never before seen on a cruise, like the Magic Carpet – The world’s first cantilevered, floating platform that moves up and down the side of the ship, reaching heights of 13 stories above sea level. With breathtaking views, a full bar, and space for live music performances, it truly is a destination itself.

If that’s not edgy enough, the ship’s Edge Staterooms with Infinite Veradana bring the stateroom balconies indoors. With the touch of a button, bi-folding doors in the room can be opened, allowing your entire living space to become the veranda, and letting you walk right out to the water’s edge. This allows for a wide-open indoor space that’s 23% larger than traditional balcony cabins.

Other unique features include the ship’s Resort Deck, which offers endless ways to enjoy the outdoors and connect with the sea. It includes everything from an asymmetrical outward-facing pool deck to a jogging track that winds up, down, and around the Rooftop Garden – a living urban playscape inspired by playgrounds.

While many cruise lines have moved towards RFID-enabled wristbands and the likes to get in and out of your room, charge a drink, and personalize your cruise experience, Celebrity is taking a slightly different approach, with their proprietary Celebrity app, which will let you do everything on your phone, from checking into the ship to unlocking your stateroom door or controlling your room’s temperature and lighting.

And last but not least, Edge also will have Celebrity’s first cabins for solo travelers. This should make single folks happy, as they won’t get stuck paying double-occupancy anymore. I have a single friend who cruises solo every year, and this cruise would actually make more sense for him from a financial standpoint!

The Celebrity Edge is betting big ($1 billion) that today’s affluent younger travelers will take the plunge on a modern luxury cruise like this.

So what do you say, who’s ready to set sail on the Celebrity Edge? Bookings are officially open for the ship’s maiden voyages in December 2018, departing from Fort Lauderdale for a week-long Caribbean circuit, with cabins starting at $1,049.

For more information, visit celebritycruises.com.

Photo credit: Celebrity Cruises

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MSC Cruises’ Epic 4-Month Cruise Visits 32 Countries Across 6 Continents!

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MSC Magnifica - World Cruise

If you’ve ever dreamed of taking a trip around the world, MSC Cruises’ “World Cruise” is just the ticket, a 119-day cruise that boasts an itinerary of 49 destinations across 32 countries spanning six continents.

Taking place aboard the MSC Magnifica, which features balcony cabins, 11 bars, four restaurants, a casino, a panoramic nightclub, a cigar lounge, and a 4D cinema, among other amenities and attractions, this one-of-a-kind world cruise departs from Genoa, Italy on January 5, 2019, with passengers crisscrossing the globe and returning there nearly four months later.

The global journey begins with stops in Marseille in France, Barcelona and Malaga in Spain, and Funchal in Portugal. From there, it’s on to the Caribbean, visiting St. Maarten, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and a few others before making its way to the Pacific via the Panama Canal.

The cruise will make extended stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Tahiti, giving guests the chance to immerse themselves in local experiences. Additional stops include Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Auckland in New Zealand, and Sydney in Australia, along with several others.

There will also be 15 different complimentary shore excursions that passengers can take advantage of during the trip, such as riding elephants in Pinnawela, taking a dip in the lagoons of Moorea, or touring of national parks. Additional offerings include guided shopping trips, food tours, tours to panoramic viewing sights, and boat trips.

MSC World Cruise itinerary

As you have probably guessed by now, a cruise of this magnitude doesn’t come cheap, with tickets starting at $16,999 for an interior double occupancy stateroom. But considering that it would take a lifetime to visit all of these amazing destinations on their own, it’s not really that expensive in the grand scheme of things.

Now figuring out a way to take four months off of work, that might prove to be a little more challenging. That’s probably why MSC recommends this voyage for people planning to take “a traditional gap year, career break or a post-retirement adventure.”

Then again, I can theoretically work from anywhere, as long as they’ve got WiFi.. 🙂

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Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas Is The World’s Largest Cruise Ship!

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Symphony Of The Seas

It’s official, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the Symphony of the Seas will hold the distinction as the largest cruise ship in the world. This massive ship clocks in at 1,188 feet long, features 18 decks (about the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa), weighs in at 230,000 tons, and has 2,775 staterooms.

Symphony of the Seas will offer guests seven distinct neighborhoods, like the tree-lined Central Park and the luxury shop-filled Royal Promenade, creating unique areas for travelers to enjoy and explore. For adrenaline-packed adventure, Symphony also will have the 10-story slide Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, along with The Perfect Storm waterpark and its trio of twisting, turning slides with ocean views.

That crazy Bionic Bar from Harmony of the Seas, where automated robot arms pull from a library of liquors to mix and serve your drink? It’s here as well. So are the ice-skating shows and outdoor aqua theater, though no word yet on whether they too will feature former Olympians.

Symphony Of The Seas - Central Park

Symphony will debut new food and beverage concepts adding to an already diverse lineup of more than 20 specialty and complimentary restaurants across the ship’s seven neighborhoods, including a new seafood restaurant called Hooked, a fast-casual Mexican concept called El Loco Fresh, and the Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade, where you can watch sports from around the world on 30 big-screen TVs.

On the entertainment side, there’s plenty to keep guest occupied, including an epic glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience like no other, an Escape The Room themed experience called Puzzle Break, and big production shows like Hairspray and Flight, along with fan favorites like the FlowRider, rock walls, and ice skating. I think it’s safe to say that you’re never going to get bored while on Symphony.

“We’re excited to introduce Symphony of the Seas, our boldest composition yet, offering the best of Royal Caribbean with some new surprises for our guests to create a vacation that adventurers of all ages can enjoy together,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “We set out to create a new level of vacation adventure and deliver the ultimate escape for families of all shapes and sizes. Symphony will introduce the most cutting-edge, customizable, and digitally-enhanced experiences in the Royal Caribbean fleet.”

Symphony of the Seas will set sail in April 2018 to kick off a summer season in the Mediterranean, calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. Beginning November 24, 2018, the adventure-packed ship will make Miami, FL her year-round home, sailing 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages from PortMiami.

If you’re ready to experience the ultimate cruise ship, you can book your cruise here.

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