Setting sail under the stars with your favorite DJs is becoming quite the phenomenon. Imagine mixing the luxury of an ocean liner and the great wide open ocean with Skrillex and Diplo — it might just blow your mind. Add to that, landing on a tropical island with all of your new friends, relaxing on the beach with toes in the sand, a cocktail in hand and watching a cool band. Here are some details on upcoming music cruises you might want to look into.
The Groove Cruise
When: January 30, 2014-February 3, 2014
Where: Miami to Cozumel (Mexico), an island in the Caribbean close to the Yucatan Channel
Who: EDM lovers
Lineup: To come. Past performers have included: Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, Mark Knight, Nervo, Robbie Rivera and many more
About: While you might find rest and relaxation at times, this trip is about friends, adventure, dancing and getting crazy. There are pools, restaurants, casinos and dance clubs on top of the specialized activities set for dance music fans. The music doesn’t stop for 72 hours, so you are free to set your own schedule. With special lighting, surround sound and scene designers, the ocean liner’s decks will transform into a magical place that allows you to let all your troubles float away with the sea.
What’s Unique: The trip includes a private beach party where the soft white sand is your dance floor.
When: January 9-January 12, 2014
Where: Miami to 2 Private Islands, Bahamas
Who: EDM lovers
Lineup: Skrillex, Duck Sauce, Diplo, Zedd, A-Trak, Zeds Dead, Armand Van Helden, Maceo Plex, Claude Vonstroke, and many more.
About: An EDM lover’s dream, Holy Ship sails from Miami to the Bahamas for a 3-night party with some of the best current DJs. Dance under the moon and stars aboard the ship and the next day, embark to continue the party on pristine sands of two private islands. Last year’s activities included: Diplo hosted scavenger hunt, Gina Turner’s yoga class, Oliver’s game of Twister and Zedd’s poker tournament. You can expect something similar this year.
What’s Unique: Special Guest is Pharrell Williams
When: January 4-9, 2014
Where: Miami to Falmouth, Jamaica to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Who: Any music lover
Lineup: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Thievery Corporation, Galactic, John Popper & DJ Logic, Rob Garza solo DJ sets, and many, many more
About: For those that like DJs and a little bit of everything, the Jam Cruise is the route to go. With theme nights, daytime workshops, game shows, yoga and the Jam Room, where musicians can get together, collaborate and play for a crowd, there is no shortage of activities day and night. Oh, yeah, and there’s a variety of legendary jam bands that cruisers can see and meet throughout the week … there’s that too. The Jam Cruise ship has pools, restaurants, a spa, a gym, casino and clubs to dance the night away.
What’s Unique: Magic Hat Brewing Company is the official onboard craft beer.
S.S. Coachella 2013
Last year, the S.S. Coachella, not known primarily for EDM, still had Hot Chip, James Murphy and Z-Trip mixing it up until the sun came up. These huge waterbound vessels create an intimate experience for fans unlike the larger landlocked festivals. Jason Bentley, KCRW music director and performer on 2012 Holy Ship and the S.S. Coachella, explains in an interview with LA Weekly that the unique experience has a special power. Cruises are a way to innovate the festival culture and give it significance and resonance.
People are coming from all areas of the world to take these music cruises bu ages tend to be a little older than the typical festival crowds (late 20s, early 30s). The opportunity to do shots with Diplo alone is an alluring draw for dedicated EDM fans. While it’s a large investment, there are often cruise deals that offer installment plans.