Live concerts by top artists are the latest trend in cruise ship entertainment. While great stage shows have always been a popular amenity while cruising, the new over-the-top mega-ships are rolling out a whole new cruise experience; on-board one night only concerts by some of the countries most popular performers. Just as premier restaurants and premium excursions are now being offered for additional fees, so too are top live concert experiences. Performers like Lady Antebellum, Daughtry, STX, REO Speedwagon, and Trace Adkins are performing one-night concerts while ships are in port.
Imagine being able to walk to a concert without all the pre-concert traffic jams, parking fees, and general crowd hassle. Many ships offer VIP experiences as well where you can meet the artist(s), have pictures taken, and get autographs. In most cases the performers arrive at the ship while it is docked at a port of call and they do not participate in the general cruise. There are many themed performances as well ranging from Elvis to Classic Rock and Grammy Winners.
Here’s a look at some of the best upcoming cruise concerts
Carnival Cruises has a new Carnival LIVE series with concerts being performed on some of their most popular 3 or 4 day itineraries. How’s that for a great concert getaway! Upcoming performances in 2014 include Lady Antebellum, Daughtry, REO Speedwagon, STX, Jewel, Trace Adkins and LeAnn Rimes. Tickets costs range from $20-$40 with VIP tickets availab le for $100-$150 each which include meet and greet and photos with the artist(s).
Norwegian Cruise Line in partnership with Sixthman has a full schedule of concerts including the very popular KISS Kruise IV, that takes place over Halloween weekend. Featuring some of the loudest bands in rock, this experience definitely ROCKS THE BOAT! Other concerts include Grammy Festival At Sea featuring Women Who Rock with performances by Grammy winning artists, Heart, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin, Estelle, and Skylar Grey. And in it’s 8th year, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man Cruise.
Royal Caribbean Line goes in for more of a legends format with concerts including Pop Legends with 1960’s artists; Decades of Rock & Roll, and ABBA tribute. Their showroom entertainment includes Tony Award winning museums at sea.
Holland America Line is hosting a Malt Shop Memories Cruise featuring music of Dion, The Temptations, Brenda Lee, Martha & The Vandellas and more. Their Country Music Cruise on the Eurodam will feature top performers Martina McBride, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers and more.
To easily find a cruise concert of your liking, we recommend a visit to ThemeCruiseFinder.com