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Jam Out on the High Seas: The Top 5 Music Festival Cruises You Have to Check Out

How to Find the Best Music Festival Cruise: 5 Great Options

32 million people attend music festivals in the US every year. Those are some pretty big crowds.

You don’t have to get tossed around in the mud to enjoy live music though. Why not try a music festival cruise instead? They’re one of the most comfortable ways to enjoy a festival because let’s face it – you’re on a cruise.

Here are 5 of the top music cruises setting sail right now.

Groove Cruise

EDM music festivals are some of the biggest and music cruises are no different. The Groove Cruise is the “OG” EDM cruise festival with two sailings per year. One departs from San Diego, the other from Fort Lauderdale.

The ship visits various destinations including Bahamas, Grand Turk, and Mexico. Dance your days and nights away then hunker down in a comfortable cabin to rest up for the next round.

No tents, long drives, or waiting in line like most festivals.

Holy Ship

Holy Ship is another one of the most popular EDM cruises. It sets sail for two weekends every January, departing from Port Canaveral, Florida.

The ship visits various ports including Great Stirrup Cay and Bahamas. They’ve completed 13 voyages so far and are just getting started. And the lineup of musical artists is stacked, with an eclectic mix of styles to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

Runaway to Paradise

If EDM isn’t your thing, maybe you’d feel more at home rocking out to the classics. The Runway to Paradise cruise is hosted by none other than Jon Bon Jovi. You’ll be a long way from New Jersey on this cruise though.

The ship departs from Barcelona and sails to Palma de Mallorca and back. Bon Jovi always has an amazing lineup of classic rock artists to rock out with. There’s no time like now to take one of several Mediterranean cruises and this one is pretty unique.

Here’s what it looks like on the Runaway to Paradise cruise pool party with Jon Bon Jovi.


If rocking is your thing but you lean toward bands that are a little more recent, ShipRocked might be more up your alley. Their motto is “Rock Hard, Vacation Harder” and the cruise lives up to the motto.

You’ll not only get to crowd-surf to bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach, but you can also jump in on other crazy activities like the drunk spelling bee and beach sack races.

The artists always host talks and other events as well so you can to meet your favorites and talk to them face-to-face. The ship departs from New Orleans and sails to Key West and Cozumel.

The Carolina Country Music Cruise

Prefer a little more twang in your guitar? Then check out the Carolina Country Music Cruise. This cruise is all about country music with artists like Lee Brice, Cole Swindell, and Joe Diffie.

It departs from Charleston, South Carolina and sails to the Bahamas. You even get an exclusive pre-cruise kick-off concert the night before you set sail in Charleston.

Put a Music Festival Cruise on Your Calendar

Whatever kind of music you like, there’s a music festival cruise for you. Start your planning now and get one of these festivals at sea on the calendar for your next vacation.

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