In 1976, when I started sailing, I never believed that one day I would sail the Caribbean with some of my rock idols. But, thanks to On the blue classic rock music cruise is exactly what i will be doing aboard norwegian pearl from 28th january to 2nd februaryn/a.
Before I go into detail about this fantastic music festival at sea, let me say that when I first started sailing, all a rock music fan could hope for was a horribly awful rendition of “Twist & Shout” by the ship’s orchestra or maybe a few Beatles ballads performed by a third-rate singer in the piano bar.
But, now cruise lines have recognized that classic rock is the best music ever made…that, or maybe they just realize that we baby boomers represent a huge segment of the most dedicated guests in the cruise and we want to hear the hits that form the darling soundtrack. of our youth.
Today, many ships even have venues dedicated to the music we love: Among them, Holland America’s Rock Rolling Stone Room (Rotterdam, New Statendam and Koningsdam) and inspired by Norwegian Cruise Lines Beatles Cavern Club (Norwegian Bliss, Epic, Encore and Joy). And, thanks to technology, DJs don’t have to rely on a stack of vinyl records, but can access every song played on the jukeboxes in the bars that, as teenagers, we used to hang out in. snuck in with a fake ID. During a recent browse, I requested a Kinks song and within minutes I was rocking out to “Waterloo Sunset; on another, I asked for a track from Men Without Hats and in no time I was doing the Safety Dance on the deck of SeaDream II.
For classic rock obsessives, could it get any better??
Yes, it is possible, thanks to On the bluea five-day classic rock music festival on the ocean that features full concerts by the very artists (those still alive, at least) who performed so many of the songs we grew up with!
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The 2019 On the blue sailing was, like all things fun and exciting, canceled by the pandemic, but now On the blue is back, with a celebration of 2023 subtitled “Reunion,” a reunion of the fans and artists who have sailed this full ship charter nearly every year since its debut in 2013.
Picture it: Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues singing “Nights in White Satin” and “Question” as you cruise from Miami to Belize and Costa Maya. The Zombies perform “She’s Not There” and “Time of the Season” on the pool deck under the stars. Al Stewart brings you “Year of the Cat,” his signature saxophone solo filling the ship’s extravagant theater. Sing along with Alan Parsons’ “Eye in the Sky” or with Dave Mason as he sings “Feelin’ Alright” by Traffic. Even more acts will rock the boat aboard this year On the blue (nearly 30 in all), Renaissance, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Little River Band, Orleans, Ambrosia, Lighthouse and Starship with Mickey Thomas among them.
And if a dizzying schedule of sold-out concerts isn’t enough, count on getting closer to the artists through photo experiences and, seriously, all around the ship. Get out your craziest gear at themed parties, get down and funky at the Mellow Yellow Dance Party where you can dust off all the moves you thought you forgot, and maybe even uncover some hidden artistry in a session.” Painting with Rock Stars“.
And, best of all, because this is a full boat charter, you can be sure that all of your other guests are just as rock obsessed as you are!
For more information, visit https://onthebluecruise.com/
(And if classic rock isn’t your favorite rock music, check out the heavy metal Monsters of Rock cruise that will set sail from April 29 to May 1, 2023 (https://monstersofrockcruise.com/); or progressive rock Cruise to the Edge from March 8 to 13, 2024 (https://cruisetotheedge.com).