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Cruise Control

Despite the shivering coldness of this past week, it remains cruising season in South Florida – and our favorite cruises are always the rockin’ ones. Even though the Barenaked Ladies’ anticipated Ships ‘n’ Dip cruise is taking a year off, there are still plenty of cruises scheduled through the second week of February for music lovers of many stripes. If you have an unlimited bank account and a lot of time (and luck, in getting into sold-out ships), you can even sail virtually every week starting


Holy Ship!

When: Friday to Monday

Destinations: Fort Lauderdale to Port Lucaya, Bahamas and a private island

Tickets: $829 to $999

Info: This is the first year for Holy Ship!, sailing its maiden voyage to the Bahamas and loading the cruise with round-the-clock electronic music. Consider it a watery warm-up to March’s Ultra Music Festival in Miami, as some of the same names will be present: Fatboy Slim, Skrillex, Diplo, A-Trak and Rusko are among the performers. The cruise accommodates up to 2,500 patrons, and tickets are still available.


Jam Cruise 10

When: Monday to Jan. 14

Destinations: Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica

Tickets: Good luck

Info: This five-day jaunt, on the other hand, has been sold out for some time, which is customary for South Florida most’s venerated winter music cruise. You can visit the website to join a waiting list; with hope and a prayer, you may be able to land a cabin. Celebrating its 10thyear, the cruise features the best names in jam, funk, hip-hop, soul and jazz music, including such perennial Jam Cruise favorites as Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Ozomatli, joining Soulive, Toots & the Maytals, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more.


The Weezer Cruise

When: Jan. 19 to 23

Destination: Cozumel

Tickets: $499 to $799

Info: Here’s another first-time voyage that we’re hoping becomes an annual showcase for veteran and up-and-coming indie rock acts. Weezer is, of course, the headliner of this four-day cruise, but does anybody actually listen to Weezer anymore? I didn’t think so. The main draw here is noise-rock legends Dinosaur Jr. and its many spinoffs and side projects: Frontman J. Mascis will perform solo material, and bass player Lou Barlow will play with his band Sebadoh and also perform his calmer solo material. Such hot indie properties as Yuck, Wavves and The Antlers are among the 16 scheduled bands.


The Groove Cruise

When: Jan. 27 to 30

Destinations: Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay Private Island

Tickets: Really, good luck

Info: Like the Jam Cruise, the Groove Cruise has built up eight years of credibility, and it sold out awfully quickly; there’s a waiting list on the website to try and score a last-minute ticket. Expect the festivities at this renowned house-music cruise to be raucous; according to the description, “Groove Cruise isn’t exactly like most cruises focused on relaxation and fun. It’s about excitement, craziness, music, socializing, adventure, and escaping normalcy.” The talent, spread across four venues each day, includes Funkagenda, Boris, Chris Lake, Sander Van Doorn, Roger Sanchez and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.


Bruise Cruise

When: Feb. 10 to 13

Destination: Nassau, Bahamas

Tickets: $550 to $615 + gratuities and fees

Info: This three-day “tropical rock ‘n’ roll vacation” is one of the most offbeat music cruises this season. In its second year after a successful maiden voyage in 2011, Bruise Cruise specializes in garage, funk and noise rock, with parent-offending headliners such as Fucked Up, King Khan and the Shrines, The Oh Sees and Quinton & Miss Pussycat. Guests will also be treated to standup comedy from Neil Hamburger and Anna Seregina and a DJ set from the Vivian Girls.


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