6 Of The Best Electronic Music Boat Cruises In The World

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Music Festivals On A Cruise Ship

Summer is coming for most of the world, and while for many, that means the start of festival season, for us at Rad Season it means the beginning of planning for this year’s and next year’s antics.

What could be better than 3 or 4 days dancing in a field? Well, spending that time on a giant cruise ship, raving alongside the DJs both on and off the stage, for starters. Boat Cruises are a next level festival experience, and for fans of electronic music, there are a few you absolutely must check out:

1. Holy Ship!

Taking off from the coastline of Miami, Holy Ship! Sets sail to the Bahamas for 3 days/nights.

In addition to seeing your favorite DJs perform, the cruise puts on a series of events –from yoga to a poker tournament- that create all the more opportunities for you to interact with your favorite artists off stage, too.

Dates: January 5-9 & 9-12, 2019
Location: Sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida to Bahamas
Website: Holy Ship!

2. Groove Cruise

Arguably one of the biggest and oldest boat cruises out there, this ship also sets sail from Miami but it’s destination could very well be a surprise. Last year they went to Jamaica.

One thing’s for certain, you will be raging for 96 hours straight on board. About 70% of Groove Cruise attendees return year after year, so you can definitely expect to form a seafaring family. Bonus points: attend the West Coast edition for more groovin’…the San Diego to Mexico Groove Cruise creates an entirely different ambiance.

San Diego to Cabo on October 10-14, 2018
Miami to Bahamas on January 10-14, 2019
Website: Groove Cruise

3. Shipsomnia

This one’s often dubbed “The Tomorrowland of the Sea” and it’s packed with 5 days of dancing. Last year it was in South East Asia; next year it’s setting sail from Barcelona to Ibiza.

From a range of DJs to onboard activities, Shipsomnia brings the same amped up booze cruise raving festival ambiance..but with a twist. Partial proceeds from ticket sales are donated to non-profits that support ocean conservation. Plus, Shipsomnia has an epic ball every year where attendees don outfits that rival even the wardrobe of all fashionistas of Burning Man.

Dates: June TBA, 2018
Location: Round trip from Barcelona to Ibiza, Spain, Sète, France and back.
Website: Shipsomnia

4. BounceBoat

Want the boat experience but don’t have a lot of time? BounceBoat brings the nautical nonsense to New York City residents for one night before the backdrop of the city that never sleeps.

The main stage and sky bar will keep the party afloat all night…and if you’re really feeling crazy, you can go straight back to work in the morning. With previous acts such as Sander van Doorn, 50 Cent, Borgeous, Klingande, DANNIC and heaps more we can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Dates: July TBA, 2018
Location: New York City

5. Mdrnty Cruise

This cruise is meant for the underground fans; those who can appreciate a 24-hour line up of songs usually reserved for the darkest of dance floors. Mdrnty Cruise starts in Italy (Genova) and ventures to  Sardinia and Corisca before cruising back to Genova.

Dates: June 10-13, 2018
Locations: Starting from Genova (Italy) to Sardinia and Corsica

6. The Ark Cruise

A newcomer on the block, this cruise boasts stages from Ministry of Sound, plus Elrow and Pacha Ibiza. This years first voyage is taking off end of August from Barcelona to Marseille and is well known for it’s stopover in Ibiza where cruise-goers are entertained with Cirque du Soleil and high quality meals from upscale chefs. Artists onboard include Booka Shade, Loco Dice, Faithless (DJ set), Nastia, Patrick Topping, Luciano, Nic Fancuilli, Andrea Oliva, Miguel Campbell, Camelphat, Claptone, Yousef  and heaps more!

Dates: First Voyage: August 30 – September, 2018. Second Voyage: 3 September 3 – 9, 2018
Locations: Starting in Barcelona to Sète, Ibiza, Palma and back to Barcelona
Website: The Ark Cruise

So there you have it. These are the festivals on circuit for 2018 into 2019, though a few more could certainly pop up at anytime. Many have tried (and failed) to stay relevant, with the Mad Decent Boat Party being one such flop. Others have been around for a decade, artfully mastering the detox-retox cycle that festival goers have come to love at sea.

Feature image credit: Holy Ship!

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Olivia Poglianich

Olivia lives and works in NYC, living the Mad Men life with a day job in advertising. She’s also an avid travel blogger and adventurous eater – trying any and every ethnic restaurant she can get to, plus the weirdest foods she can find. So far she’s had grasshoppers, rat, snake and zebra to name a few. You can read about her adventures and travel tips at lostwithliv.com (shamless self promotion).


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