Rock Boat

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The Rock Boat
Genre Indie rock, Jam bands, Pop music, Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Alternative rock
Dates Various
Location(s) Various; Carnival Cruise Lines
Years active 2001—
Website
RockBoat.com

The Rock Boat is an annual rock music-themed "floating music festival at sea" aboard a cruise ship.

History and description

The Rock Boat concept was born in 2001 with a joint venture from Gainesville, Florida alternative rock band Sister Hazel and Atlanta, Georgia travel company Sixthman in a partial charter aboard the Carnival Jubilee. Sister Hazel was joined by the band Dexter Freebish and approximately 400 of their fans. The bands performed once on the ship, which sailed from Tampa, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico.

The concept has grown to become an annual event. Destinations have included locations such as Mexico, Nassau, Bahamas, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos. The event is always hosted by Sister Hazel and includes musicians from all over the nation. Past performers include: Tonic, Collective Soul, Cowboy Mouth, Pat McGee Band, Zac Brown Band, Michael Tolcher, Vertical Horizon, David Ryan Harris, Ingram Hill, Better Than Ezra, Marc Broussard, Wideawake, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, and many more. There are generally four or five performing stages constructed on the venue, and performances are scheduled from noon until 3 AM. However, many bands have been known to continue performing well beyond their scheduled set times and often collaborate on stage with other artists until dawn.

The cruise has been described by Ken Block (lead singer and guitarist for Sister Hazel) as "Spring Break for people with jobs."

Event details

The Rock Boat XV

Ship: Norwegian Cruise Line Pearl
Sail Date: January 24, 2015
Ports: Leaving from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico
Performing Artists: [1]

The Rock Boat XIV

Ship: Norwegian Cruise Line Pearl
Sail Date: February 22, 2014
Ports: Leaving from Miami, Florida to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Performing Artists: [2]

The Rock Boat XIII

Ship: Norwegian Cruise Line Pearl
Sail Date: February 24, 2013
Ports: Leaving from Miami, Florida to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Performing Artists: [3]

The Rock Boat XII

Ship: Carnival Elation
Sail Date: March 1, 2012
Ports: Leaving from New Orleans, Louisiana to Cozumel, Mexico
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat XI

Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Sail Date: January 6, 2011
Ports: Leaving from Tampa, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico (port unknown prior to sailing)
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat X

Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Sail Date: January 7, 2010
Ports: Leaving from Tampa, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat IX

Ship: Carnival Destiny
Sail Date: January 17, 2009
Ports: Leaving from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas and Half Moon Cay
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat VIII

Ship: Carnival Imagination
Sail Date: January 19, 2008
Ports: Leaving from Miami, Florida to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat VII

Ship: Carnival Legend
Sail Date: January 11, 2007
Ports: Leaving from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat VI

Ship: Carnival Elation
Sail Date: January 14, 2006
Ports: Leaving from Galveston, Texas to Playa del Carmen and Progresso, Mexico
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat V

Canceled due to Hurricane Katrina
Ship: Carnival Sensation
Scheduled Performers:

The Rock Boat IV

Ship: Carnival Imagination
Sail Date: October 7, 2004
Ports: Leaving from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat III

Ship: Carnival Sensation
Sail Date: August 28, 2003
Ports: Leaving from Tampa, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat II

Ship: Carnival Sensation
Sail Date: August 29, 2002
Ports: Leaving from Tampa, Florida to Key West, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas
Performing Artists:

The Rock Boat I (officially called Rock 'N Roll At Sea)

Ship: Carnival Jubilee
Sail Date: August 30, 2001
Ports: Leaving from Tampa, Florida to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico
Performing Artists:

References

  1. http://www.therockboat.com/lineup/
  2. http://www.therockboat.com/artists/
  3. http://www.therockboat.com/artists/

External links

External links

  • Media related to Rock Boat at Wikimedia Commons