Metal, Moodies, and Yes: Music-Themed Cruises Set to Depart South Florida in April

The music cruise industry has really taken flight -- or, shall we say, set sail -- in recent years, spawned by a desire by fans and musicians alike to take the fun of a festival to sea. After all, music cruises offer certain advantages, specifically a variety of bands all playing in the same setting, but without forcing their fans to rough the rigors of camping or trek from one distant stage to another. You can see see artists in both very intimate and theater-like venues, and then get up-close and personal with the performers via various shipboard encounters. Then too, there's the sightseeing and free food.

The trend has been successfully nurtured over the years through music-themed cruises like Cayamo and Rock the Boat, but lately the concept has expanded to voyages hosted by specific bands and artists.

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Lee Zimmerman