Music at Sea: 5 Reasons to Take a Music-Themed Cruise

Smokey Robinson, pictured here at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural, is this year's special guest performer on the Soul Train Cruise Photo credit dbking via Flickr-Creative CommonsVery few travel experiences rival a vacation on a cruise ship. Between the beautiful ocean, the different ports of call, and the abundance of amazing food, it truly is the ultimate vacation. Now, pair that with a floating music festival packed with live performances from some of your favorite artists, and you’ve got the experience of a lifetime.

The Soul Train Cruise has led the industry for years, providing amazing performances from legendary artists on some of the most innovative and beautiful cruise ships in the world. This year, guests will be treated to a luxurious vacation at sea onboard the Celebrity Constellation.  The illustrious list of performers this year includes The O’Jays, Sheila E., Howard Hewitt, and Atlantic Starr. They’ll enjoy incredible music while visiting fabulous ports of call, including The Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, and the Florida Keys.

There’s a long list of reasons to take a cruise; there’s also a big list of reasons why a live music performance is a must see at least once in your life. Here are 5 reasons you should do both, at the same time. Guaranteed you’ll have a travel experience you won’t soon forget.

It’s a floating concert

If you’re a fan of live performances, a cruise is a special treat to enjoy them while on a vacation!  It’s more intimate by design, as the crowds onboard aren’t nearly as dense as they would be at a larger venue. The good news is, you still get the same quality performances from the artists and musicians you love.

Access to a plethora of activities and events in addition to the live performances

Not that the floating concert isn’t great (because it’s awesome), but it’s not the only thing you’ll have to do while you’re on the cruise. From shopping at duty free stores, to culture tours, to fun and humorous games to cooking demos, there’s a laundry list of activities and options to add more enjoyment to your vacation. Oftentimes, there are meet-and-greet events where you can meet (and snap a selfie) with the artists!

It’s a true 2-for-1 deal

For at least the last decade, cruises have been touted as an affordable way of travel, because it’s jam-packed with multiple destinations, a plethora of activities, and all the food you can eat for one price. Taking a music-themed cruise gets you the bonus of a live concert tour packed with your cruise. If you were traveling for a live concert or music festival outside of your hometown, you’d have to factor in the price of the event tickets, airfare, hotel accommodations, food, and more.  And you’d only be visiting one destination. This leads to the next point…

You get to visit exciting ports of call

Cruising continues to grow in popularity for many reasons, one of those reasons being the opportunity to visit multiple destinations. On the 2016 Soul Train Cruise, for example, guests sail from sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida and visit the beautiful islands of Coco Cay, Bahamas, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Georgetwon, Grand Cayman, and Key West, Florida. When it comes to cruising, the opportunities are really endless. Some cruises sail across the open waters of Europe, to the statuesque glaciers of Alaska, even to other beautify parts of the Caribbean like Mexico and the Virgin Islands. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

A music-themed cruise provides an unparalleled vacation experience

The combination of the live concert and cruise vacation doesn’t fail to give you a memorable travel experience that’s really hard to beat. It’s multi-faceted, multi-layered, and gives you way too many options to not have an amazing time. You can travel alone and meet new people, enjoy this fabulous trip with the one you love, or plan a reunion and make it a family affair. It’s simultaneously an experience in travel, the arts, and culture. Not to be cliché, but it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

If you haven’t booked your cruise already, now would be a good time to start planning. These cruises tend to fill up fast (and for good reason). Naturally, being a part of the “Hippest Trip at Sea” would be our recommendation!

—Shawanda James

Shawanda is a freelance writer and author in her native Miami, Florida. In addition to, she’s written for CBS, MapQuest, Movoto Real Estate,, and Boating Times Magazine. She’s a wife, a mom of two boys and two girls. She’s a bona fide travel geek, music lover, and book worm. Check out some of Shawanda’s other published articles on her website. Connect with Shawanda on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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