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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 January 15, 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, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Mislap, Joe Diffie and other musical acts, plus comedy from the one and only Jeff Foxworthy. Outside the entertainment, themed activities include country music dancing nights, Southern cooking demos, a "Red, White and Blue" party, a Super Bowl party 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 $1,999 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.

Dates: January 27 - February 3, 2019

Cruise to the Edge

Pay homage to progressive rock, while vacationing with some of the genre's most influential artists, including Steve Hackett, Mike Portnoy, Riverside and Fish. Held onboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas, 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 Tampa and includes stops in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Fares start at $1,299 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.

Dates: February 4 - 9, 2019

Kesha's Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride

Kesha "Animals": Grab the rainbow glitter, and set sail for four nights of concerts and dance parties on the Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride cruise. Joining Kesha onboard will be Betty Who, Superfruit, Jonathan Van Ness and Bob the Drag Queen, among others -- all of whom will perform throughout the sailing. In addition to two unique shows, Kesha will host a lip sync battle as well as a slew of other activities, yet to be revealed. The party will take place on Norwegian Pearl, sailing roundtrip from Tampa to Nassau, Bahamas. Bookings are not yet open, but interested fans can join the presale list for a chance to be one of the first to claim their spot when the cruise goes on sale.

Dates: February 17 - 21, 2019

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Monsters of Rock Cruise

Gear up for head-banging performances by Tesla, Tom Heifer, Queensayche and more on the Monsters of Rock cruise. Sailing roundtrip from Miami, the cruise on recently refurbished Mariner of the Seas will call at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Royal Caribbean's private island, Labadee. While a full lineup of activities is still in the works, passengers can expect concerts throughout each cruise, a variety of themed games and opportunities to meet the stars. Fares start at $1,199 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy.

Dates: February 24 - March 1, 2019

Holy Ship

Four nights of electronic dance music, tropical drinks and Bahamian sun await cruisers ready to party onboard Norwegian Epic. The 13th Holy Ship Cruise will sail from Port Canaveral (Orlando) to Norwegian Cruise Line's private island in the Bahamas -- Great Stirrup Cay -- while dance music fans enjoy non-stop concerts, karaoke contests, themed parties and more; there also will be a private DJ-led beach party. Fares start at $799 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy. A 12th Holy Ship Cruise taking place just before this date is already sold out.

Get an inside look at the experience, in our report from a past Holy Ship cruise.

Dates: January 9 - 12, 2019

The Ultimate '80s Party

Join Sheila E., Starship, OMD and more for the Ultimate '80s Party, onboard Celebrity Infinity. Rocking big hair and neon spandex, '80s-lovers can enjoy concerts day and night as well as myriad themed activities such as costume parties, "Let's Get Physical" aerobics, '80s karaoke, trivia and Q&A sessions with the artists. There will even be a special visit from Kenny Loggins when the ship is docked in Cozumel. Although no official meet-and-greet has been announced, the charter company hints there's a good chance you might run into one of your teenage celebrity crushes onboard. From Fort Lauderdale roundtrip, the ship will call at Mexico's Costa Maya and Cozumel, Belize and Key West. Fares start at $2,500 for an inside cabin, based on double occupancy. (Discounts are available for past '80s Cruise passengers.)

Dates: March 2 - 9, 2019

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