First, Concerts Cruise’s announced that the eccentric — and controversial — rhythm-and-blues artist R. Kelly (known for hits like “I Believe I Can Fly”) would star in a theme cruise aboard Carnival Destiny in October. Then, a few days later, Norwegian Cruise Line revealed that the award-winning country music band Rascal Flatts (of “Life Is a Highway” and “Easy” fame) will perform aboard Norwegian Spirit while it is docked in Cozumel on March 2.
Coincidence? Sure. But while we weren’t shocked by the Rascal Flatts announcement (you can’t get more American than country music and cruising), the R. Kelly news threw us for a loop. Then again, a lot of artists past their heyday (think Rick Springfield, Kiss, New Kids on the Block … the list goes on) have taken to the high seas in recent years, satiating nostalgic fans and padding their wallets in the process.
R. Kelly’s five-night “Love Letter Cruise,” which sails roundtrip from Miami to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau, will feature two live performances, step classes and an organized basketball game, and carries a steep price tag of $1,499 per person for an inside cabin.
While the Rascal Flatts performance is not a part of a themed sailing (the band will only be onboard for their performance and associated festivities), it is only open to passengers sailing aboard the ship. For $150 per person, passengers will have guaranteed seats in the ship’s theater for the one-off concert and access to an exclusive cocktail party, where they will have the opportunity to meet the band. Alternately, a concert-only ticket can be purchased for $50.
Seems to us that the American public’s eclectic taste in music has created a perfect opportunity for cruise lines to capitalize. You tell us. Who would you pay to hear while on a cruise?
Rascal Flatts and R. Kelly aren’t the only special cruises out there: Take a peek at our Theme Cruise page.
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