Published on : Sunday, January 26, 2014
As Bob Dylan sang “times are a –changing” they are really changing. Ttropical cruise was once the quintessential getaway of the elderly retiree — a relaxing voyage through sun-soaked climes augmented by the soothing sounds of the open ocean. But not any more.
Come Sunday evening, the vast expanse of the Caribbean Sea will witness to the altogether more riotous noise of “Shiprocked,” a heavy metal festival aboard the giant Norwegian Pearl cruise ship.
Setting sail from the port of Miami, Florida, the floating concert will alight in Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas five days later. Pina coladas by the pool and tranquil ocean sunsets from the cabin balcony this raucous event is not.
Instead, just under 3,000 paying guests will be treated to drums, guitars and foot-stomping moshpits as the likes of Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and In This Moment perform across a series of stages set up both above and below deck.
According to “Shiprocked” owner Alan Koenig the event will be “the ultimate hard rock festival at sea.”
“We already sold out a few months in advance and are now super-excited about sailing,” he added of an event that has almost tripled in size since it first set sail in 2009.
“Can you imagine that,” he asks excitedly before pausing briefly seemingly to consider the prospect of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and co. strutting their stuff on a far-off beach at sundown.
“That would be amazing.”