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Music Theme Cruises
The 2018 Ship Hop Cruise (Photo: Christina Janansky)

Music Theme Cruises

Music Theme Cruises
The 2018 Ship Hop Cruise (Photo: Christina Janansky)
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Music theme cruises are all the rage these days, whether you're partying all night at an EDM festival at sea or donning bobby socks to dance to the oldies. Music fans of all genres are discovering that a cruise ship is an ideal place to see favorite bands in a more intimate setting and make friends with shipmates who share your musical tastes.

Unlike at a concert or festival, a music cruise gives you the opportunity to spot your favorite singer-songwriter at breakfast, attend a Q&A to get a glimpse into the backstage goings-on or even attend a trivia quiz, pub crawl or yoga class led by your favorite rockstar.

Here's an introduction to the types of music theme cruises you can book.

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Rock Cruises

'70s Rock and Romance Cruise 2019 (Photo: Patricia Koo Photography)

Bands from KISS to Train host rock music cruises for their fans. Choose based on type of music (prog rock or heavy metal), or pick a sailing hosted by your favorite band. There will be plenty of concerts for rocking out, as well as time to detox on the beach with fellow fans.

See all rock music cruises.

Related: Rock Cruises for Music-Lovers

Country Music Cruises

Are you a two-steppin' fan of the Grand Ol' Opry, or do you swoon over the newest country stars on the radio? Either way, there's a music cruise for you, complete with concerts, line dancing, autograph sessions and Q&As.

See all country music cruises.

Decade-Themed Cruises

Throwback cruises are, like, totally popular, and no matter which decade holds the most nostalgia, you're likely to find a cruise based on it. Pack your love beads, bellbottoms and disco attire for a cruise with rockstars of the '60s and '70s, or board a ship full of Elvis impersonators for a great tribute concert.

See all decade-themed cruises.

Jazz Theme Cruises

Najee and Candy Dulfer on The Smooth Jazz Cruise (Photo: The Smooth Jazz Cruise)

From smooth jazz to R&B, jazz-themed cruises bring faithful fans back year after year for at-sea concerts, theme parties and even artist-hosted excursions in port.

See all jazz theme cruises.

Blues Theme Cruises

Seek out blues greats like Buddy Guy, Tab Benoit and Keb' Mo' at one of these floating musical festivals in the Caribbean or Mediterranean. In addition to enjoying multiple concerts on multiple stages (including acoustic sets), fans can attend meet 'n' greets, autograph signings, Q&As and movie screenings.

See all blues theme cruises.

Christian Music Cruises

If worship music and Christian rock are your jam, you can rock out and party in a values-based setting on a Christian music cruise. Cruise activities range from concerts to worship sessions, theme nights and discussions with the celebs.

See all Christian music cruises.

Other Music Cruises

Cayamo Cruise 2019 (Photo: Will Byington)

If that weren't enough, there are plenty of other music cruises that defy categorization. Cayamo is a popular theme cruise that attracts a star-studded lineup of folk rock, alternative country, bluegrass and blues artists, while the Holy Ship Cruise centers on all things EDM. Artists like Belle & Sebastian, Melissa Etheridge and Kesha have all hosted cruises, as well.

If you can't find a music cruise that speaks to you, follow your favorite artists and radio stations on social media. Should they decide to hop on a theme cruise, their fans will be the first to know.

Learn more about theme cruises:

Upcoming Theme Cruises

Theme Cruises: What You Need to Know

Is a Theme Cruise Right for Me?

Theme Cruise Dos and Don'ts

Are Themed Cruises Worth It?

Updated February 06, 2020

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