Cruises are for old people. Cruises are boring. Cruises are too formal.
These are just some of the accusations which, rightly or wrongly, have been hurled at the cruise industry for years. For many, images of snooty couples in tuxedos and ball gowns spring to mind when the word 'cruise' is mentioned meaning that, all too often, the suggestion of a cruise holiday is scoffed at rather than considered.
Such pre-conceptions are, however, about to be consigned to the history books as a new wave of cruise holiday rock 'n rolls into port to a chorus of overdriven guitars and platinum-selling rock stars. Rockers everywhere, raise your devil horns in appreciation for the Top 5 Most Rockin' Cruise Holidays and brace yourselves for rockin' waters ahead!
It would be bordering on blasphemy not to mention one of the bands that paved the way for rock 'n roll, in all its forms, as we know it today. Whilst, sadly, the original Beatles are no longer a going concern and the venue isn't quite a yellow submarine, Fred Olsen Cruises offer the next best thing with their acclaimed tribute to the Beatles featuring world-renowned and respected tribute act 'Beatlemania'. This Liverpool and Dublin Discovery min-cruise enables guests to tread in the path of their idols, visiting the Irish capital where the Beatles made their only ever Republic of Ireland performance before heading back to where it all began for the Fab Four in their home town of Liverpool; a site of pilgrimage for fans of Lennon, McCartney and Co. the world over.
The Weezer Cruise
Grammy award winners Weezer are renowned for their fun loving antics and good-time tunes. Departing from Florida, docking at two ports in the Bahamas and including a private beach party and concert, their self-titled rockstar cruise has all of the above, and then some! Now in its third year, the 2014 installment of the Weezer Cruise boasts an impeccable line-up including indie rock royalty The Cribs and Ash as well as other well-known favourites such as Toro y Moi and Holy F*ck. If that's not enough, cannonball competitions, 80's theme nights and band Q&A's will keep you thoroughly entertained and occupied between shows.
Proving that cruising ain't just for the golden oldies, young rockers Paramore are the latest to jump on the fast-growing cruise bandwagon, having recently announced the launch of their very own Parahoy! cruise. Flanked by special guests Tegan and Sara and pop-punkers Newfound Glory this cruise will most certainly dramatically reduce the average age of cruise holiday makers in 2014. Promising a stopover at their very own private island Stirrup Cay for an outdoor show, on-deck Q&A's, activities hosted by band members and various theme nights, this cruise holiday is a must for fans of Hayley Williams and Co.!
If you're a fan of heavy metallers Korn and other acts of a similar ilk such as the delightfully-named Five Finger Death Punch then the Shiprocked Cruise is definitely the one for you. With the tagline "Rock hard - Vacation harder - Get shiprocked" the rest is pretty self-explanatory...
Makeup. Check. Big hair. Check. Glittering Costumes. Check.