A longtime music “festival at sea” is sold out for 2018, organizers say – but there’s a waiting list.

The Rock Boat, a five night cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl hosted by 90s darlings Sister Hazel, will welcome 2,500 music fans who will dock from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, 2018. The ship leaves from New Orleans and swings through the Caribbean – namely, Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico – before heading back to the U.S.

The festival is organized every year by Sixthman, which since 2001 has put on cruises with themes in an effort to create a more intimate experience for music fans and bands. According to a statement, Sixthman has organized 104 festivals, hosted more than 230,000 people and spent 940,000 days at sea.

Along with Sister Hazel, the bands performing on The Rock Boat trip include Barenaked Ladies, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Cowboy Mouth. The bands play from sunrise to sunset; the trip itself includes dining experiences and other activities that go along with special themed nights.

The idea behind The Rock Boat that started 18 years ago was to give music fans the opportunity to vacation with their favorite musicians. Sister Hazel has been involved since the beginning.

In addition to concerts, The Rock Boat, is, of course, a big party cruise. That means there are 13 decks of dining and entertainment, organizers said, including 13 bars, a pool, hot tubs, 19 restaurants and a spa. The Norwegian Pearl has a casino inside the ship, the Pearl Club Casino, and a bowling alley and basketball court. Fans can get off the boat to check out Progreso and Cozumel and fish, snorkel or other activities off the ship.

Click here for more information about joining the wait list or call Sixthman at 877-379-9173 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.

Maggie O'Brien

Maggie O'Brien

Maggie O'Brien has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She's covered everything from from crime to politics to fitness. Writing about bands and shows takes her back to the days of going to punk rock shows in the Midwest.
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