Music cruises to setting sail on the high seas in 2022

Jan 5, 2022

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Like other cruises, music-themed voyages were cancelled throughout 2020 and into 2021 due to the pandemic. But with new cruise ship coronavirus rules, which include testing and proof of vaccination requirements, more people began to feel comfortable returning to the high seas last year.

However, in the U.S. the recent uptick of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on cruise ships due to the omicron variant led the American CDC on 30 December 2021 to urge travellers to avoid cruising. The move was criticised by industry observers, and it is unclear how long the Level 4 (the CDC’s highest) warning level will last. The U.K. on the other hand has taken a much more measured approach though certain cruise lines are requiring travellers to have received a booster jab before they step aboard.

For those who nonetheless are interested in theme cruises for 2022, the variety of music cruises set to sail this year is impressive.

Music cruises span a variety of genres such as metal, country, blues and electronic. You’ll not only enjoy close-up encounters with your favorite artists during performances and meet-and-greets, but you’ll also find a sense of community from being together with other fans for multiple days at sea. Not to mention, you’ll get to visit a country or two in the process.

Which music cruises should you consider? Below are eight that are bound to create some pretty epic memories, whether your vibe is crowd surfing during a rock show or dancing to reggae or pop.

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Shiprocked on Carnival Breeze, 22-27 January 2022

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For fans of rock and metal music, there’s ShipRocked, a popular sailing organised by ASK4 Entertainment. The 2022 edition on Carnival Breeze will start in Galveston, Texas, and include stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. Each year offers a different theme, such as the Stone Age (the theme for the 2022 voyage).

Throughout the ship, passengers will find multiple stages for performances. The 2022 lineup includes metal bands Lamb of God, Sevendust and Avatar, along with rock acts I Prevail, Steel Panther, P.O.D. and more. Fans can enjoy one-on-one time with their favourite groups at scheduled meet-and-greets with all of the bands.

Prices for ShipRocked’s 2022 cruise start at $1,185 (£880) plus tax per person for an interior stateroom, double occupancy. The fare includes access to all performances and meet-and-greets with artists, plus cruise basics like meals and use of the fitness center, hot tubs and casino, among other onboard amenities. Cruisers also enjoy select nonalcoholic beverages like water, juice, tea and coffee for free; soft drink and alcohol packages are available for an extra fee.

How to book: Although this cruise is almost sold out, a few cabins are still available. You can book through the ASK4 Entertainment Reservations portal or by calling +1 888-402-2754. A deposit is required to secure your spot. ASK4 Entertainment strongly suggests buying travel insurance.

Related: Carnival cruise guide

Voragos on Norwegian Pearl, 16-21 February 2022

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Organised by Danny Wimmer Presents and Sixthman, the inaugural Voragos cruise adds an element of exclusivity to its itinerary, almost guaranteeing it to be one for the books. This rock- and metal-focused cruise, which will sail from Miami to Harvest Caye, Belize, features both onboard stages and a venue on a private island.

Dozens of bands, including Mastodon, Atreyu and Fire from the Gods, will perform aboard Norwegian Pearl, while headliners Rob Zombie and Mudvayne will transform Belize’s Lunasea Beach into a head-banging music festival. Cruisers can expect everything from mosh pits on the beach to belly flop competitions on board.

Voragos’ prices start at $1,295 (£962) plus tax per person for an interior cabin, double occupancy. In addition to onboard concerts and ship amenities like a sports court, a casino and three pools, cruise fares cover all meals, coffee, tea, water and juices. Soft drink and alcohol packages are available to purchase.

How to book: To book a cabin on this five-day rock cruise, visit Sixthman’s reservations platform or call +1 833-935-2771.

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The Outlaw Country Cruise 6 on Norwegian Pearl, 25 February – 3 March 2022

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If you’re a little more country than rock ‘n’ roll, maybe a cruise with a country twang is the right vacation for you. From late February to early March, Norwegian Pearl will host the sixth instalment of the popular Outlaw Country Cruise 6. This Sixthman voyage will sail from Miami and stop in Costa Maya, Mexico, and Harvest Caye, Belize.

The ship features five different venues where notable country acts like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle & The Dukes will perform throughout the trip. Along with endless concerts, Norwegian Pearl offers activities ranging from yoga classes to film screenings. The organisers are even setting up a tattoo parlour on board in case you want to get some ink while on vacation.

Expect to pay at least $1,275 (£948) plus tax per person for an interior stateroom, double occupancy. All cruise fares include onboard performances, meals and basic beverages like juices, coffee, tea and water. Additionally, you’ll have access to all of the ship’s amenities, including multiple pools and hot tubs, and can purchase a soft drink or alcohol package.

How to book: This cruise is almost sold out, but you can join the waitlist if your preferred cabin is not available, as cancellations do occasionally occur. For more information about how to join the waitlist, check out Sixthman’s sign-up page or call +1 877-379-9189.

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Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea VII on Norwegian Pearl, 21 – 25 February 2022

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For blues and jazz fans, Sixthman (with the help of Norwegian Cruise Line) is offering the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea VII cruise, which sails from Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in February. Aboard Norwegian Pearl, passengers will have access to ship amenities like pools and a casino in addition to special music events.

The lineup for the seventh instalment of this cruise features performances by musicians like Joe Bonamassa, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Shemekia Copeland and Charlie Musselwhite. There will also be collaboration shows from some of the artists on board, as well as autograph sessions for fans to meet their favorite musicians.

Prices for the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea VII cruise start at $1,245 (£925) plus tax per person for a double occupancy interior cabin. Every cruise fare covers access to onboard amenities (think: a casino, a sports court, pools and more), all performances and autograph sessions, plus daily meals and nonalcoholic beverages like water, coffee, tea and juices. Norwegian Cruise Line also sells soft drink and alcohol packages.

How to book: To book a cabin, visit Sixthman’s sign-up page or call +1 877-379-9170.

Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2022 on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, 7-12 December 2022

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Maybe one stop in Jamaica isn’t enough and reggae vibes are calling your name. If so, the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2022 may appeal to you. This multiday cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, organised by Jamrock Productions and Rose Tours, will travel from Miami to Jamaican destinations like Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

For the December 2022 voyage, you can expect performances by several reggae icons, including Nas Marley, Damien Marley and Shabba Ranks. Additional artists will be announced at a later date. You can also take part in themed parties, soccer and domino tournaments, Jamaica-themed film screenings and more when you’re not enjoying ship amenities like a Flowrider surf simulator, a rock-climbing wall, a waterslide and a mini-golf course.

Welcome to Jamrock’s prices start at $1,124 (£835) plus tax per person for an interior cabin, double occupancy. The fare for this five-night cruise includes all meals and select nonalcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea, juices and water, as well as use of onboard ship amenities and participation in special activities like concerts and dance parties. For an additional fee, you can purchase a soft drink or alcohol package.

How to book: You can reserve a cabin for this cruise on the Rose Tours website or by calling +1 215-663-8800.

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Groove Cruise Orlando on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, 20-24 January 2022

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Electronic dance music fans 21 and older can turn up on this early 2022 Whet Travel sailing to Haiti. Groove Cruise Orlando departs from Port Canaveral, Florida, and docks at Royal Caribbean’s private island, Labadee.

Notable acts you can groove to on Mariner of the Seas include CloZee, Sofi Tukker, Claude VonStroke, Gorgon City and Markus Schulz. Along with multiple music sets, Groove Cruise Orlando hosts fun theme party nights focusing on everything from Disney to fire and ice.

Cabins on Groove Cruise Orlando cost at least $1,299 (£965) plus tax per person for a double occupancy interior stateroom. All cruise fares cover meals, performances and parties, plus use of onboard facilities like a laser tag area and an ice skating rink. Only select nonalcoholic beverages are included in the cruise fare (coffee, tea, juices and water). You can choose to purchase Royal Caribbean’s beverage package, which covers alcohol, soft drinks and other premium beverages.

How to book: While the ship is mostly sold out, some cabins are still available. To book a stateroom, head to Whet Travel’s website or call +1 877-438-9438. A deposit of $200 (£149) per person is required to confirm your reservation.

Kesha’s Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride 2 on Norwegian Pearl, 1-5 April 2022

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For those who want to keep dancing into spring, there’s Kesha’s Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride 2. Like other Sixthman-organised cruises, this Kesha-themed voyage takes place on the Norwegian Pearl. However, it features a slightly different itinerary, sailing from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

Scheduled performers include The Struts, Big Freedia, Betty Who, K.Flay and, of course, Kesha. Plus, cruisers can enjoy all kinds of Kesha-focused activities, such as a lip sync battle and fan trivia competition.

Prices for Kesha’s Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride 2 start at $975 (£725) plus tax per person for an interior stateroom, double occupancy. The cruise fare covers all performances, meals and nonalcoholic beverages like water, juices, coffee and tea, as well as access to onboard amenities like pools, a fitness centre, a sports court and a casino. Soft drink and alcohol packages are available for an additional charge.

How to book: Kesha fans can book this cruise via Sixthman’s website or by contacting +1 877-379-9196.

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Chris Jericho’s Rock ’N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea: Four Leaf Clover on Norwegian Pearl, 14-18 March 2022

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Wrestling and rock fans will love this Sixthman cruise with wrestler and musician Chris Jericho. For the fourth installment of Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea: Four Leaf Clover, cruisers will sail on Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

So far, the 2022 lineup features Jericho’s band, Fozzy. Additional performers will be announced soon. The sailing will also offer autograph sessions and host four days of wrestling matches featuring wrestlers from All Elite Wrestling.

Rates for Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea cruise start at $899 (£668) plus tax per person for a double occupancy interior cabin. The fare for this four-night cruise includes access to music performances, autograph sessions and wrestling matches. All meals, water, coffee, tea and juices are provided, and ship amenities ranging from pools to fitness facilities are available to use. If you want to enjoy soft drinks or alcohol on board, you’ll need to purchase one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s beverage packages.

How to book: Cruisers eager to jam and sit ringside can reserve a cabin through Sixthman’s website or by calling +1 877-379-9174.

Bottom line

From deck stage raves to private island parties, these music cruises offer exciting concert experiences at sea.

Depending on which cruise line you sail with and if you have elite status within its loyalty program, you may also enjoy extras like a welcome amenity, drink vouchers or even a free bottle of wine.

Regardless of which music cruise you choose, special offers may be available through the cruise website, so be sure to explore all your options before booking.

Featured photo by Michael Dunning/Getty Images.

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