What do you get when you mix epic week-long boat parties, jaw-dropping tropical destinations, bottomless cocktails, some of the best musicians on earth, and luxurious cruise ships? The Rock Boat music festival, of course!
The boat was conceptualized in 2001 by Florida rock band Sister Hazel, and a travel company from Georgia called Sixthman. The first-ever event was held on the stunning cruise ship Carnival Jubilee, attended by around 400 fans as they sailed from Florida to Mexico. Today, it’s one of the most highly anticipated annual music festivals for adults with discerning taste in music, travel, and art.
Tonic, Collective Soul, Vertical Horizon, Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra, and other big musicians have performed for the event in the past. For the 2019 event, no less than Andrew McMahon, Plain White T’s, Red Wanting Blue, Atlas Genius, and more will be playing their hearts out for you.
Festival goers will also get to enjoy all the amazing amenities onboard the cruise ship: think hot tubs, swimming pools, a casino, fitness center and spa, sports court, and more. The organizers have also curated fun day and night activities for non-stop entertainment at sea and on the beach.
Rock Boat will be the best decision you’re going to make this year.
Make sure to book flights that get you into Tampa by no later than 12 noon on February 1, 2019. Your return flights should be scheduled to depart Tampa after 12 noon on February 6, 2019.
February 2, 2019: Key West
February 4, 2019: Nassau, Bahamas
On the cruise ship, you’ll have everything you need. The event organizers have thought of everything including shore excursions, so there’s no need to worry about getting around.
Getting to and from the Tampa airport and other sights in the city, there are trains, rental cars, taxis, and buses for hassle-free transportation.
Festival goers can choose from a range of well-appointed staterooms aboard the Norwegian Pearl. These include the Interior Staterooms, Oceanview Porthole Window, Obstructed Oceanview, Ocean View Picture Window, Balcony, Mini-Suite, Romance Suite, Penthouse Suite, 2-Bedroom Family Penthouse Suite, and Owner’s Suite.
If you want to spend a few days in Tampa before or after the event, check out the range of hotels at the Riverwalk and Waterside.
The Rock Boat will be taking you to amazing beach destinations, and during those days you’ll have free reign over the things you can do. Key West, a postcard-perfect tropical paradise blessed with sunny weather, white sand beaches, and crazy cocktails has something to offer for everyone. However, it’s best known for its relaxed, laid-back attitude and really friendly people. During the shore excursion, head over to Duval Street where you can gorge on fresh, juicy seafood; delicious margaritas, and fun water activities. Don’t leave without trying the official Key West dessert: key lime pie!
Nassau is going to be another unforgettable stop on your cruise. Tropical beaches just don’t get better than this. If you want to stay underwater, you’ll be greeted by the most vibrant marine life you’ve ever seen. But if you prefer to go on land, treat yourself by shopping for duty-free goods, tour the rainbow-colored buildings, or go out at sea on a glass-bottom boat.
Tampa has an impressive range of adult-friendly as well as family-friendly activities. Beer lovers, rejoice: Tampa Bay is Florida’s ground zero for the the best craft beer distilleries and breweries. Get your heart rate going at the crazy rollercoasters at Busch Gardens. Check out the Tampa Riverwalk which connects you to the charming waterfront, green spaces, and a ton of entertainment venues and museums.
The Norwegian Pearl will be sailing from February 1-6, 2019.
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