14 Music Cruises That Really Rock 

Daniel Kohn
Updated November 13, 2019 507 votes 218 voters 23.4k views 14 items

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In the past decade or so, rock cruises have taken over the high seas, bringing their fans closer than ever to their favorite bands. As these musical boat rides have become more popular, more and more of them have been popping up. Outside of the live performances featured on these cruises, there are also a flurry of "alternate" activities that make rock cruises different from attending traditional shows. Beyond just hanging with your fellow fans, you can kick it with band members, and even participate in activities with your favorite rockers.

So, what's the best music-themed cruise out there? That depends on what you're looking for. Classic rock cruises are the most widespread, but if you like metal, then there's a metal cruise - and the same goes for indie rock, jam bands, etc. - most genres of rock have dedicated music cruise packages. Whatever you're looking for, there's a musical cruise out there for you.

This is the definitive list of rock cruises. If you're looking for music cruise ship packages that will have you rockin' on the high seas, this list will serve as your guide to which rock cruise to select for your next vacation.

Monsters of Rock Cruise
Monsters of Rock Cruise ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Music Cruises That Really Rock
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Started in 2011, this cruise is one of the longer cruises on this list. Unlike others, there's an east coast and west coast edition, allowing for fans to not only pick a different lineup that suits their interests, but a different travel experience as well. 

In 2017, the ship will be out on the waters for six days and five nights. This hard rock/heavy metal-themed voyage features a number of activities that will entertain guests. On top of performances by the likes of Vince Neil, Nightranger, Slaughter, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Tesla, Stevie Vai, Uli Jon Roth, Queensrÿche, Warrant, Quiet Riot, Mr. Big, Great White, Firehouse, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, and more through the years, there will be plenty of other activities.

There's artist photo experiences, a Monsters Rock & Roll Formal, and exclusive MOR Craft Beer Tasting, which will help take the edge off your rockin'. Additionally, the Monster Gong Show Karaoke and Cooking with Rock Stars hosted by Lisa Tirone add another element that goes beyond music. 

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Moodies Cruise
Moodies Cruise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Music Cruises That Really Rock
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Formed in 2013, this cruise, put together by the Moody Blues, is one of several prog rock jaunts. But unlike other rock cruises (and much like the band itself), Moodies Cruise is all about the music. Of course, the amenities are still plentiful - this is a standard cruise experience, albeit with multiple rock bands to take attendees through their days and nights.

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Rock Legends Cruise
Rock Legends Cruise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Music Cruises That Really Rock
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Heading into its fifth year, this cruise's name isn't misleading. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, REO Speedwagon, Thin Lizzy, John Mayall, and Leon Russell highlight 2017's edition, while past performers included Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Ace Frehley, ZZ Top, and many more. Prepare to rock out with some legends of rock.

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 Music Cruises That Really Rock
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Leaving from Miami, the KISS Kruise is everything you'd expect from the Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers. There are multiple sets included with rarities, photo opps with every band member, and more activities (including some with the members of KISS) throughout the cruise's four days. In addition to KISS, there are always plenty of bands performing that will keep the good times rolling while you head from Miami to Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

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