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14 Music Cruises That Really Rock

Updated November 13, 2019 800 votes 225 voters 25.0k views14 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.

  • 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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    Now in its eighth edition, Shiprocked is old enough to be called a legacy act. But make no mistake of it, this hard rock joyride is full of thrills (and hopefully no spills). Starting off in Miami, and zipping through Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands and back, the likes of Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, and more will be entertaining the masses.

    If that isn't enough, there's a tattoo parlor and other assorted theme nights to entertain you throughout the five-day voyage.

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    Def Leppard: Hysteria on the High Seas

    As you'd expect from the name of this one, Def Leppard bring their hijinx to the high seas. The Sheffield natives are the centerpiece of this cruise, and they will often bring out pals with them for their four-day adventure. Other highlights include theme nights, Q&As with the bands, and acoustic storyteller-inspired sets where musicians explain their songs.

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    Monsters of Rock Cruise

    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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