Updated April 2, 2019
Now in its ninth year, the KISS Kruise will be rocking the high seas again in 2019. If you're a fan, you're going to want to be onboard, as the beloved classic rock icons have said that they are doing their last tour (although fans have been hearing that since 2000).
Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming sailing, from how to get onboard to what you can expect once you're there.
The five-night full-charter cruise sails roundtrip from Miami, October 30 to November 4, 2019. As part of the voyage, 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl will visit Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian Cruise Line's private island) and Falmouth, Jamaica.
Lineup and Highlights
KISS, duh. The current lineup for KISS includes two of its original members -- Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley -- with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. (Fun fact: KISS emerged from a band that Simmons and Stanley started way back in 1971!) On past cruises, the band has been joined by other rock musicians, including former KISS members Ace Frehley (the 2018 cruise marked the first time he had played with the band in 17 years) and Bruce Kulick, Skid Row, Night Ranger, Lita Ford and Extreme.
Naturally, KISS' performances are highlights. Every passenger sees one general admission KISS show on the pool deck. The band also plays two nights in the ship's Stardust Theater. Ticketing works like this: two guests in each cabin receive a ticket for one show. If more people are bunking in the cabin, they have to pay $250 for an indoor show ticket. You can't buy a ticket to another indoor show; the limit is one per person. If someone in the cabin doesn't love KISS, they can give up their ticket for $250 of onboard credit.
Besides concerts, the KISS Kruise features theme nights (KISS makeup is always in style), game shows, cooking demos, Q & A panels and autograph sessions with the band members (although you are no longer guaranteed a photo). Passengers also have access to a showcase room, where they can see the band's instruments, drumming contests, vow renewals with Gene Simmons, KISS memorabilia swaps and karaoke contests. Past cruises have also had tattoo parlors onboard.
All KISS, all the time. The band calls their cruise fans the "KISS Navy" -- a play on the KISS Army on land. Passengers receive dog tags outlining their status: Sailor for first-timers, all the way up to Elite Fleet Lieutenant for the die-hard ninth cruise veterans. Remember, this is the band that wants to rock and roll all night and party everyday ... so bring a rested liver. That being said, a fair number of KISS fans are grandparents now, so the kids club is open and available.
Who Would Like It
KISS fans and those who love them are ideal candidates for this voyage. (KISS is a band where the fan base skews male, and many guys travel with their buddies.) It's also a good fit for hard and classic rock music lovers and partiers, albeit those of a certain age. Families raising hard-rocking kids are also welcome.
How to Book
This cruise is run by Sixthman, a theme cruise operator owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Bookings are done via www.thekisskruise.com. This cruise generally sells out, but you can always be added to the wait list.
Want even more info about music at sea? Check our page on music theme cruises.