Get on Board with '90s-Themed Cruises

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Music Festivals at Sea

Sublime with Rome Cruise
Rose Tours

Sublime with Rome are the latest band to sail the seas with their own cruise for fans. Light Up the Pacific embarks Sept. 30, 2016 from SWR’s hometown of Long Beach, Calif., and heads to Ensenada, Mexico through Oct. 3, 2016 with the Dirty Heads, Yelawolf, Matisyahu, the Expendables, Sticky Fingers and PASSAFIRE.

Mini-golf, karaoke, multiple bars, acoustic performances and full-fledged concerts will all be part of the reggae-rock-rap excursion. Prices start at $699 per person. Get your tickets at http://www.lightupthepacific.com/.

Check out more bands – like Weezer, Kid Rock and Tesla – that have rocked the boat with their hardcore fans in our slideshow.

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Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise

Kid Rock Cruise
Will Byington

The “Cowboy” singer ropes the trade winds and takes admirers down to Jamaica in March 2016 on his seventh sea voyage. Next year’s ship is sold out, but one can get on the standby list to bellow “Bawitdaba” on the boat with their boy Bob Ritchie. One past highlight according to a GQ writer’s diary: the belly-flop contest. Rock on.

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The Weezer Cruise

Weezer 2006
Patricia Hurtt/Creative Commons

It’s a shame that Rivers Cuomo and crew didn’t call their promotion “Across the Sea” after the Pinkerton song. Nevertheless, Weezer’s cruises in 2012 and 2014 were fun-filled extravaganzas for their notoriously obsessive fans. These events proved the tides had truly changed for Cuomo, who used to be so reclusive he entirely blacked out his apartment windows.

According to Weezerpedia, cruisers renewed their wedding vows with bassist Scott Shriner, watched movies with guitarist Brian Bell and played shuffleboard with drummer Pat Wilson. Trivia contests, ugly sweater competitions - in honor of “Undone (The Sweater Song)” – and photos with the band were on the agenda.

Among Weezer members, the experience was mixed. Cuomo told Rolling Stone: “Being locked up with a couple thousand of the most hardcore Weezer fans and feeling their love for us, face to face, was a pleasant surprise.” Bell, however, countered with “Oh, my God, I had to be on all the time, even to get my morning coffee.” Maybe that’s why there were no additional cruises for the “Island in the Sun” foursome.

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Extreme, Sebastian Bach, more - Monsters of Rock Cruise

Monsters of Rock Cruise
On the Blue

A trip to the Bahamas is usually accompanied by peaceful activities and island vibes. Not when the vessel is the NCL Pearl. It was specifically designed to accommodate rock-concert cruises, and the Monsters of Rock voyage set for February 2016 might be its loudest yet. Subtitled “Shredders from the Deep,” big-hair heroes such as Extreme and Sebastian Bach will get the fists pumping and the beer flowing. Packages are available starting at $675 per person and (shockingly) all ages are welcome. Be warned, rock ‘n’ roll parents: We imagine this cruise might be fraught with spontaneous bikini-top twirling.

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Sister Hazel – The Rock Boat XVI

Sister Hazel Cruise
Sixthman

It’s “All for You” in this package put together by Florida band Sister Hazel. It’s a breezy, adult alternative collective starring Emerson Hart of Tonic, Gavin De Graw, Michael Franti & Spearhead, NEEDTOBREATHE and similar artists. There will be bowling, a rock wall, a casino, a fitness center and a performance by “Zom Petty,” which is actually Sister Hazel in zombie costumes doing Tom Petty covers.

The January 2016 version headed to Grand Cayman is sold out, but you can sign up for the waiting list at http://www.therockboat.com/. Thanks to ThemeCruiseFinder.com for the info!

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Flogging Molly - Salty Dog Cruise

Flogging Molly Salty Dog Cruise
Flying Dutchmen Travel

This is probably the closest you’ll get to a pirate adventure on the high seas. Celtic rockers Flogging Molly have been hosting this madcap vacation for three years, enlisting punk superstars like Rancid and Fishbone. Accouterments include whiskey tastings with guitarist Dennis Casey and live-band karaoke, where members of Bad Religion, NOFX and Social Distortion back you as you live out your rock vocalist fantasy.

Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog cruise embarks from Miami on March 18, 2016 for the Bahamas and returns March 21, 2016. Prices start at $869 per person (but hey, the alcohol is free). Check out http://floggingmollycruise.com/ for more details.

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Barenaked Ladies – Ships & Dip

Barenaked Ladies Silverball
Matt Barnes

An early foray into music festivals on boats, Ships & Dip cropped up in the mid-aughts. Playing on the Barenaked Ladies’ wit, the cruise kept enthusiasts smiling and well fed. Band members would drop in on aerobics classes with fans, hold trivia contests and invite fellow Canadians such as Sarah McLachlan to come aboard and sing. Once their themed ship figuratively ran aground by 2012, BNL joined the aforementioned Rock Boat in 2015.

Wondering what it’s like to be a part of a music-themed cruise? Ships & Dip attendee Bob Hogan summed it up on the cruise’s Facebook page: “People ask me why I go on all these cruises and I say you just have to experience it once and you'll know why. They ask who I'm going with and my response is ‘about 400+ very good friends.’”