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8 Best Music-Themed Cruises for 2017-2018

Rub elbows with your favorite artists on these music cruises.

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Would you jump at the chance to see your favorite band on a luxurious cruise ship instead a sweaty club or gigantic sports arena? Music-themed cruises offer fans of all genres the chance to set sail on the same ship as their favorite artists. Here are eight of the best options for 2017 and early 2018, appearing in order of departure.

Best Music-Themed Cruises for 2017-2018: KISS Kruise VII

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Kiss Kruise VII

The scoop: If six days of nonstop Kiss activities including live shows, themed nights (think Love Gun, Dressed to Kill and Psycho Circus), and an exclusive acoustic Storytellers set sounds like your idea of a good time, then this is the music cruise for you. Feel free to use the devil horns hand gesture freely — Gene Simmons dropped his attempt to trademark it.
Dates: November 5-10, 2017
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Port of departure: New Orleans, LA
Itinerary: Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico
Artists: Kiss, Steel Panther, Hard Day’s Night
Website: thekisskruise.com

Best Music-Themed Cruises for 2017-2018: Blue Note at Sea

Chick Corea

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Blue Note at Sea

The scoop: Jazz fans are no doubt familiar with the Blue Note name — the label has been at the forefront of jazz for almost 80 years. The label’s president, Don Was, helped dream up this cruise, which focuses on contemporary jazz musicians.
Dates: January 27-February 3, 2018
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Port of departure: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Itinerary: Labadee (Haiti), St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), San Juan (Puerto Rico), CocoCay (Bahamas)
Artists: Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway
Website: bluenoteatsea.com

Best Music-Themed Cruises for 2017-2018: Soul Train Cruise

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Soul Train Cruise

The scoop: Nightly performances from funk and soul legends are the main attraction, but don’t forget, Soul Train was all about the dancing. The cruise follows in the show’s footsteps with lessons from the Soul Train dancers. After you’ve perfected your moves, hit up the nightly parties in Club Soul Train.
Dates: January 27-February 3, 2018
Ship: Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam
Port of departure: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Itinerary: Phillipsburg (St. Maarten), Frederiksted (St. Croix), Half Moon Cay (Bahamas)
Artists: Charlie Wilson, Jeffrey Osborne, The Pointer Sisters, The Whispers
Website: soultraincruise.com

Best Music-Themed Cruises for 2017-2018: The Country Music Cruise

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The Country Music Cruise

The scoop: In addition to several big country stars, this music cruise offers unique activities such as a Boot & Buckles Ball, a Red White & Blue BBQ, and line dancing. For music-history fanatics, a partnership with the Grand Ole Opry offers an opportunity to explore the genre’s vast history.
Dates: February 3-10, 2018
Ship: Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam
Port of departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Itinerary: Phillisburg (St. Maarten), Basseterre (St. Kitts)
Artists: Alabama, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, Bobby Bare
Website: countrymusiccruise.com

Best Music-Themed Cruises for 2017-2018:

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Monsters of Rock Cruise

The scoop: Do you prefer a screaming guitar solo to the distant sound of a steel drum? Feel more at home in a mosh pit than at a spa treatment? Headbang on the high seas to over 30 heavy metal and hard rock bands.
Dates: February 11-16, 2018
Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas
Port of departure: Miami, FL
Itinerary: Falmouth (Jamaica), Labadee private island (Haiti)
Artists: Tesla, Queensryche, Lita Ford
Website: monstersofrockcruise.com

Best Music-Themed Cruises for 2017-2018: Flower Power Cruise

Flower Power Cruise

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Flower Power Cruise

The scoop: Re-live your hippie days in a much more luxurious setting, while enjoying hits like “Happy Together” and “I’m Into Something Good.” Really feeling the love? You can take part in a “Make Love, Not War” vow renewal ceremony at sea.
Dates: February 24-March 3, 2018
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Port of departure: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Itinerary: Aruba and Curacao
Artists: Herman’s Hermits, The Hollies, The Turtles
Website: flowerpowercruise.com

Best Music-Themed Cruises for 2017-2018: ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise

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’70s Rock & Romance Cruise

The scoop: “Come Sail Away” on the ultimate yacht rock voyage. Pack your platforms for a ’70s-themed disco party under the stars, and work on your costume for the classic movie and TV costume ball.
Dates: March 3-8, 2018
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Port of departure: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Itinerary: Falmouth (Jamaica) and Georgetown (Grand Cayman)
Artists: Styx, Michael McDonald, America, Air Supply
Website: rockandromancecruise.com

Best Music-Themed Cruises for 2017-2018: The ’80s Cruise

The ’80s Cruise

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The ’80s Cruise

The scoop: Celebrate the most gnarly decade of all time aboard this music cruise. ’80s kids will love the totally tubular activities, like trivia contests, karaoke, and Q&A’s with the artists. Don’t forget to check with staff to see if your Members Only Jacket is acceptable as formal wear.
Dates: March 17-24, 2018
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Port of departure: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Itinerary: Nassau (Bahamas), St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), Tortola (British Virgin Islands), CocoCay (Bahamas)
Artists: Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Billy Ocean
Website: the80scruise.com

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