Head banging to metal on a cruise ship? At first, it may not seem like the ideal environment for a metal music festival. But the geniuses behind 70000 Tons of Metal found a way not just to make it work – they saw an opportunity to create the most unforgettable celebration of metal out of a novel idea. Festival goers get a chance to party it up like a rock star aboard a luxurious cruise ship while over 60 of the world’s best metal bands play over the course of five days at sea. The inaugural voyage took place in 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean MS Majesty of the Seas, where over 2,000 attendees from 49 countries attended. Today, 70000 Tons of Metal is a bucket-list event for metal heads around the world. The festival has been covered by international news and music outlets through the years including CNN, Rock Hard, Metal Hammer, and many more. It has achieved the reputation of being the ultimate heavy metal cruise, and you’d be sorely missing out if you don’t go. And before you think this is going to be a five-day sausage fest, think again: attendees bring their wives along too, so it’s actually a really good and fun mix of people you’ll be sharing the revelries with at sea.
The cruise sails out of Fort Lauderdale in Florida, and takes you to some of the most beautiful beach destinations nearby such as beaches in Mexico or the Caribbean. Festival goers get to indulge in the ship’s luxurious amenities between dozens of live shows that take place both day and night. Aside from the phenomenal concerts, you’ll get to indulge in festival activities on board such as workshops, clinics, and even signing sessions.
‘Think of 70000 Tons of Metal as one big head banging floating party, where you even get a chance to run into your favorite artists on a cruise ship.’
Past events have featured Sepultura, Death Angel, Suffocation, 1349, Lake of Tears, Venom, and other insane metal bands. Get stoked, because 2019 will be bringing you Blind Guardian, Behemoth, Kreator, and Amon Amarth among many others.
70000 Tons of Metal takes place aboard the elegant Independence of the Seas. This luxury cruise ship will have everything you need for five days of partying. Check out the four stages where your favorite bands will be playing within the ship: the Alhabra Theater, the Pyramid Lounge, Studio B, and the Pool Deck Stage.
Tickets for private cabins or single beds in a shared cabin are available. Single ticket bookings will be matched with other travelers according to gender. All tickets are inclusive of: ship accommodations, port charges, ocean transportation, government taxes, service charges, meals, non-alcoholic drinks, on-board entertainment, and daily room service.
Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Those below 18 years old, if not traveling with a legal guardian or parent, should present a notarized letter of permission signed by legal guardians or parents.
All ocean transportation will be provided for during the festival. At the port, cruise passengers can leave their cars at the Northport and Midport Parking Garage of the Port Everglades.
Port Everglades can also be reached via bus, taxi, car, ship, and rail.
There’s no need to worry about accommodations because it’s included in your ticket price. In Fort Lauderdale, you can check out the many hotels available that cater to all budgets.
Fort Lauderdale offers a plethora of entertainment and exotic beaches to explore. For the ultimate Fort Lauderdale experience, go on an airboat tour of the picturesque Everglades.
Adventure enthusiasts will have a ball with the diving and helicopter rides here. Big city nightlife is found here too, but you can also head over to Miami for even more partying.
70000 Tons Of Metal happens next from January 31-February 4, 2019.
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