So, have you made your 2017 vacation plans yet? If bottomless buffets, island ports and live rock, blues and R&B best satisfy your winter wanderlust, then a music cruise might be just the (admittedly pricy) ticket.
Rock boats disembarking from our ports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale are so popular with travelers that many of them, including the KISS Cruise and the beloved Jam Cruise, are already sold out, the latter filling up six months in advance. But we found six ships with stellar lineups and cabin availability departing from our ports between February and May, each cruise catering to its own sizable niche.
Book now, or risk missing the boat.
Rock Legends V Cruise
When: Jan. 19-23, 2017
Where: Fort Lauderdale to Cozumel
Lineup: This Royal Caribbean jaunt lives up to its name, with a lineup chockfull of legendary acts that usually pack arenas and stadiums. Headliners include Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (pictured), REO Speedwagon, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Thin Lizzy and the Marshall Tucker Band, along with indefatigable axmen Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, Rick Derringer and many more. For fitness buffs, this boat has a Flow-Rider, a rock climbing wall and even a boxing ring.
Where the Action is! Rock & Roll Cruise
When: Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2017
Where: Fort Lauderdale to Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire
Cost: $1,599-$2,199 and up
Lineup: If you miss the old Majic 102.7, this is your boat—the premiere area oldies cruise, whose performers’ mastery of four-part harmony defies their years. Hang out with the likes of Jay & the Americans (pictured), Rare Earth’s Peter Rivera, Paul Revere’s Raiders, The Buckinghams, The Cowsills, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and more. Onboard activities include an All-Star Jam Session and an All Request Dance Party.
The ‘80s Cruise
When: Feb. 11-18, 2017
Where: Fort Lauderdale to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Cococay
Lineup: Relive the shiny period of copious synthesizers and questionable wardrobes at this second-annual voyage that celebrates all things ‘80s. Pioneering MTV veejays Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter will host headliners Cheap Trick (pictured) and a powerful undercard that includes Belinda Carlisle, Survivor, Debbie Gibson, Morris Day & the Time, Men at Work’s Colin Hay, Berlin, The Romantics, Men Without Hats and more. And if you book by Sept. 30, you’ll receive a voucher for 14 free alcoholic beverages onboard.
Flower Power Cruise
When: Feb. 27-March 4, 2017
Where: Fort Lauderdale to Falmouth and Nassau
Lineup: It’s all about peace, love and glorious pop in this guitar-driven British Invasion flashback. The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz (pictured) will act as cruise host and will perform, along with The Animals, Chad & Jeremy, The 5th Dimension, The Yardbirds, The Family Stone, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Rare Earth, and other Sixties staples you don’t know still existed. When the boat’s not rockin’, enjoy Q&A sessions with artists, panel discussion, dance parties, karaoke and other perks.
Pitbull After Dark Party
When: March 10-13, 2017
Where: Miami to the Bahamas
Lineup: This three-night bender may be the shortest cruise this season, but it’s sure to be one of the hardest-partying. It promises dozens of performances by some of Pitbull’s friends in the music biz, though the lineup is still under wraps at this juncture. You can expect, at the very least, two performances from the Miami native himself, a commemorative Pitbull autographed item and a Q&A session with the rap superstar, a dance boot camp with the Most Bad Ones Dancers and plenty of onboard activities on the Norwegian Pearl.
‘70s Rock and Romance Cruise
When: March 11-16, 2017
Where: Fort Lauderdale to Cozumel and Key West
Lineup: The listening will be easy on this nostalgic jukebox of ‘70s pop heavyweights. Peter Frampton is booked for a “special appearance” on March 13 (which I guess means you won’t find him wandering the decks throughout the cruise in search of late-night pizza), joining America (pictured), Little River Band, Christopher Cross, Orleans, former members of ELO, Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron, incomparable radio personality Delilah, tribute acts honoring The Eagles and The Bee Gees and more.