Heavy metal fans can party with 60 bands on board a luxury cruise ship as part of the world’s biggest heavy metal cruise. Now in its ninth year, interest in the event has grown internationally every year, and booking has now opened for the next sailing from the US in early 2019.
“We had 75 different nations represented on board our last sailing in February 2018,” a spokesperson from UMCruises International Ltd tells Lonely Planet. The cruise takes place on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas and it will have four stages. The 2018 cruise had 3087 guests and 1032 musicians and crew on board, and the cruise has enjoyed eight consecutive sell-outs since it started in 2011.
Every band plays twice on the five-day, four-night festival, and guests can enjoy meet and greets with the musicians, intimate artist clinics and workshops and exclusive album premiere listening sessions. If you’re so inclined, you can take part in the belly flop contest, which will be judged by some of the artists. You can also try your luck at the casino and get in shape at the onboard fitness centre.
The newly-refurbished cruise ship features a host of new amenities, including dual waterslides, an escape room and a bungee trampoline. Some of the hot tubs are actually incorporated into the pool-deck stage, where guests can enjoy the music while they bubble away.
The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise runs from 31 January to 4 February 2019. It will sail from Fort Lauderdale in Florida and head to Labadee, Haiti, where it will stay docked for an entire day, before heading back to Fort Lauderdale. For further information, please visit here.