Music cruises to set sail on the high seas in 2022

Jan 2, 2022

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Like other cruises, music-themed voyages were canceled throughout 2020 and into 2021 due to the pandemic. But as more ships return to service, themed sailings are also coming back, with an impressive variety of options for music lovers in 2022.

Music theme 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 2022 music cruises should you consider? Below are seven 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, Jan. 22-27, 2022

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For fans of rock and metal music, there’s ShipRocked, a popular sailing organized 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 favorite groups at scheduled meet-and-greets with all of the bands.

Prices for ShipRocked’s 2022 cruise start at $1,185 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 888-402-2754. A deposit is required to secure your spot. ASK4 Entertainment strongly suggests buying travel insurance.

Related: Carnival cruise guide

The Outlaw Country Cruise 6 on Norwegian Pearl, Feb. 25-March 3, 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 installment 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 organizers are even setting up a tattoo parlor on board in case you want to get some ink while on vacation.

Expect to pay at least $1,275 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 877-379-9189.

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Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea VII on Norwegian Pearl, Feb. 21-25, 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 installment 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 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 877-379-9170.

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Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2022 on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, Dec. 7-12, 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, organized 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 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 215-663-8800.

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Groove Cruise Orlando on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, Jan. 20-24, 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 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 877-438-9438. A deposit of $200 per person is required to confirm your reservation.

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

(Photo courtesy of Kesha’s Rainbow Ride Cruise/Facebook)

For those who want to keep dancing into spring, there’s Kesha’s Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride 2. Like other Sixthman-organized 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 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 center, 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 877-379-9196.

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Chris Jericho’s Rock ’N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea: Four Leaf Clover on Norwegian Pearl, March 14-18, 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 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 877-379-9174.

Bottom line

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

While some cruise cabins on specialty sailings like these can be expensive, you may have access to shipboard credits, free perks and more if you book with certain credit cards. For example, the American Express Cruise Privileges Program offers exclusive benefits to anyone with The Platinum Card® from American Express who books a sailing lasting five or more nights.

Note: The inaugural Voragos, presented by Danny Wimmer and Sixthman and originally scheduled for 2022, has been postponed until March 3-8, 2023. It was included in a previous version of this story.

Featured photo by Michael Dunning/Getty Images.

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