Music Festivals Are Cruising Into New Venues – The High Seas

Jun 11, 2015 | By Lauramay LaChance

Bonnaroo is starting today, Glastonbury kicks off on the 24th and the festivals just keep rolling in. Once the colder weather approaches, music festivals shift to the seas. The KISS Kruise sails out of Miami in October, Florida Georgia Line takes over in November and other acts keep rocking these ships.

Here's a few of the music festivals at sea for all you music cruisers out there.

Music Festival Takeover On Norwegian


Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships are completely transformed and become the site of the festival. Sixthman charters the full sailing so everyone on the ship is specifically cruising for the festival.

Venue: The entire ship is the venue and the music never stops. There can be anywhere from 15 – 40 bands on board at one time. One might be playing on the pool deck in the forward; another in the aft and a few more in all the theaters below. On some of the sailings that stop at Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island, Sixthman actually brings the festival to land and sets up a stage for the headliner or one of the supporting bands.

Cost: You can only purchase your tickets through Sixthman and they average about $700 per person for a 4-day cruise.

Music Festival Lineup:

2015 Music Festivals at Sea

  • The Kiss Kruise V | October 30 to November 3 | Miami to Jamaica
  • Florida Georgia Line Cruise | November 7 – 11 | Miami to Cozumel

2016 Music Festivals at Sea

  • The Outlaw Country Cruise | February 7-11| Miami to Grand Cayman
  • Train, Sail Across the Sun | February 11-15 | Miami to Jamaica
  • Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea II | February 15-19 | Miami to Cozumel
  • Gronk’s Party Ship | February 19-22 | Miami to Bahamas

See a complete list of music festivals by Sixthman

Check out this video of Train's Sail Across the Sun Cruise


Rock Legends Are Cruising for a Cause on Royal Caribbean


The largest-ever Classic Rock Festival at sea is turning out to be a huge hit. Fans sail with 22 Rock Legend bands, including Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Grand Funk Railroad, America, John Kay & Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, just to name a few. For each ticket sold, $250 goes directly to the Native American Heritage Association that exists to help in-need Native American families living on South Dakota Reservations.

Sailing date: Rock Legends Cruise IV sails on January 21-25, 2016 from Ft Lauderdale round-trip to Grand Turk.

Venue: The entire Royal Caribbean ship, Independence of the Seas, is chartered. There are a total of sixty-four festival style shows planned from 10am to 4am in various ship soundstages from the pool deck to theater and some of the lounges.

Cost: There are approximately 100 staterooms left to book and the prices range from $1,349 to $1,999. You will need to book directly with the company putting on the Rock Legend Cruise.

More information about the Rock Legends Cruise IV


Carnival LIVE Concerts Series at Sea


Carnival LIVE brings some of the hottest names in country, rock and pop on board. From The Band Perry to Styx and Rascal Flatts to Lionel Richie and Heart. This is less of a music festival and more of a cruise vacation with the bonus of seeing your favorite band in concert.

Venue: The concerts are actually held on the ship in one of their venues. Expect an intimate and cozy experience because the largest venue on a Carnival ship holds only 900 people, compared to the 9,450 people at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado or 30,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  

Cost: Tickets are not included in your cruise fare and can range from $35 - $60 for first come first serve seating and $125 - $250 for VIP tickets. The shows are about 90 minutes long.

Tip: People start lining up about 3 hours before the show so get there early. Also, if you’re use to dancing at concerts, grab a seat on the lower level.

Upcoming Carnival LIVE Concerts


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