The VH1 Best Cruise Ever is scheduled to set sail for the second year in a row on April 29, 2011, and will sail roundtrip from Tampa, Fl., to Cozumel, Mexico through May 2. The four-day music festival at sea will feature performances by more than a dozen bands on multiple stages throughout the ship, including the grammy-winning band Train and platinum-selling artists Lifehouse, in addition to Colbie Callait, The Script, Mat Kearney, and more. Tickets for the four-day music festival at sea are on sale now at vh1bestcruiseever.com/.
The VH1 Best Cruise Ever (VH1 BCE) is the latest in a series of music cruises produced by affinity travel firm Sixthman. The company's mission is "to create unique experiences by bringing together like-minded people in exclusive, interactive and intimate environments.” In addition to the VH1 BCE, the company produces several other music cruises for a variety of musical tastes, including the Elvis Cruise featuring performers who worked with Elvis as well as tribute artists, and the Simple Man Cruise, described by the organizers as “the ultimate southern rock and rebel party on the open seas”.
Quickly becoming a new trend in music festivals, music-themed cruises offer fans a more intimate and immersive opportunity to experience not only the music, but also rare opportunities to interact with their favorite bands. On the first Mayercraft Carrier cruise in 2008, some of the ways that headliner John Mayer cozied up with fans was by answering their questions at a Q&A session, spinning tunes for them in the ship’s disco, and jogging around the deck in his now infamous green mankini while they frantically searched for their cameras. Many fans came home with memories of personal conversations and photos with their favorite musicians as well as unique experiences that they likely would not have at traditional concerts and festivals.
As a veteran music cruiser and repeat VH1 BCE participant, I can tell you that there’s nothing quite like it. If passing Lifehouse singer Jason Wade on the way to the world’s biggest floating flip cup tournament hosted by members of the band Parachute the day before eating lunch at the table next to Chad Wolf of Carolina Liar at a Caribbean port of call sounds like your cup of tea, you might want to check it out. Oh, and the concerts are great, too.