The 2018 Ship Hop Cruise (Photo: Christina Janansky)
The 2018 Ship Hop Cruise (Photo: Christina Janansky)

Music Theme Cruises

Here, we give you a sneak peek at some of the most popular music theme cruises. This information, with specific dates, offers a snapshot of some of the options, but it's not meant to serve as a comprehensive calendar. Refer to each company's website for updates and be aware that some cruises sell out quickly.

Updated April 19, 2019

Country Music Cruise

Gear up for long weekend of classic country music, boot scootin' and beer drinking under the Caribbean sun. On the Country Music Cruise, fans can enjoy concerts by the Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Owen, Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis and other musical acts, plus comedy from the one and only Larry the Cable Guy. Outside the entertainment, themed activities include line dancing nights, cooking demos, cornhole (beanbag toss) tournaments and meet-and-greets as well as everything Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam has to offer. (We caught up with Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys to get the full scoop on what fans can expect.) Fares start at $2,099 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.

Dates: January 25 - February 1, 2020

K Love Cruise

Today's top Christian artists and radio station are teaming up for next year's K Love Cruise. Onboard Royal Caribbean's recently revitalized Independence of the Seas, cruisers can enjoy musical performances by Danny Gokey, for KING & COUNTRY, Matthew West, the Sidewalk Prophets, Blanca, Love & the Outcome, Jasmine Murray and more -- all while soaking up vitamin d in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. While specifics about exclusive activities and events have yet to be revealed, past cruises have featured a singles ministry led by Jamie Johnson, co-founder of Crossfire Ministries International, as well as meet and greets. Fares start at $699 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.

Dates: January 29 - February 3, 2020

The 80s Cruise

Join the B-52s, Berlin, Patty Smyth of Scandal, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Tony Lewis of The Outfield and more for the The 80s Cruise, onboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Rocking big hair and neon spandex, '80s lovers can enjoy concerts day and night as well as myriad themed activities; on past cruises, these have included costume parties, "Let's Get Physical" aerobics, '80s karaoke, trivia and Q&A sessions with the artists. Additionally, there's always a good chance you'll run into one of your teenage celebrity crushes onboard. From Miami roundtrip, the ship will call at San Juan, St. Thomas, Punta Cana and Royal Caribbean's privately operated port: Labadee, Haiti. Fares start at $1,600 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy. As an added bonus, each passenger will receive Royal Caribbean's Deluxe Beverage Package at no extra charge. (Discounts are available for past '80s Cruise passengers.)

Check out our coverage of the 2019 80s Cruise.

Dates: March 8 - 15, 2020

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Cruise to the Edge

Pay homage to progressive rock, while vacationing with some of the genre's most influential artists, including Yes, Marillion, Flying Colors and Riverside. Held onboard Norwegian Pearl, Cruise to the Edge will treat fans to several concerts as well as a variety of themed activities (still to be announced). The cruise sails roundtrip from Miami and includes stops in Roatan, Honduras, and the line's privately operated port in southern Belize, Harvest Caye. Fares start at $1,329 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.

Dates: March 27 - April 1, 2020

Holy Ship

Several nights of electronic dance music, tropical drinks and tropical sun await cruisers ready to party in 2020. Plans are in the works for the 14th Holy Ship Cruise, which historically has taken place in the spring. On past cruises, fans were able to enjoy non-stop concerts, karaoke contests, themed parties, a private DJ-led beach party and other special events. Fares generally start in the $700 to $800s for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.

Get an inside look at the experience, in our report from a past Holy Ship cruise, and keep tabs on Holy Ship's official website for updates on its 2020 sailing.

Dates: 2020 date to be determined

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