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

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The Moody Blues: How would you like to spend a few days at sea with legends like these?
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.

Beginning in late March 2014, three specialty cruises, courtesy of the luxurious MSC Divina, will cast off from the port of Miami. The first of these,"The Monsters of Rock Cruise," takes its name and its theme from the legendary hard-rock festivals held at Castle Donigan in the U.K. Sailing from March 29 to April 2, to Nassau, Bahamas, and its own private Monster Island, this celebration of heavy-metal mayhem features a no-nonsense cast of fearsome rockers, lots of spandex and extreme hairdos, the likes of which haven't been seen Ronald Reagan was in office.

Clearly not for the faint of heart -- or for those who don't own an adequate set of earplugs -- the lineup features Tesla, Ratt, Cinderella, Firehouse, Slaughter, Winger, Great White, Quiet Riot, Faster Pussycat, and Moby Dicks (featuring members of Whitesnake, Foreigner, Vince Neil and Lynch Mob), among others.

Current rates start at $999 per person (double occupancy) and are sold a first-come, first-served basis exclusively through the Monsters of Rock Cruise website at

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