Please note the pricing We really did try to keep this sucker LOW compare to other cruises. Music Cruises Catching On!!! Check THIS out! Music themed cruises catching on for ALL varieties of music! Check THIS new article (Thanks Don!) http://www.buffalonews.com/185/story/846576.html?error=6#comment http://www.tritonpowercruise.com Get up close with artists on music themed-cruises By Ellen Creager DETROIT FREE PRESS For your listening pleasure, the soundtrack aboard Carnival Destiny next May will be industrial- metal rock. Its courtesy of the Genitorturers, stars of the five-night Devils & Dolls Cruise from Miami on May 8. Interaction with fans will be on a daily basis. One just might end up in the pool with the Genitorturers, says cruise promoter Zaida Brown of All Genre Travel in Hilliard, Ohio. But thats not all. In the next few months, Kid Rock and his rowdy legions will set sail on Carnival Inspiration. Gospel will boom to the heavens on Norwegian Sky. Bluegrass will twang on Oasis of the Seas. New Kids on the Block will croon on Carnival Imagination. Smooth jazz will soothe on Holland America Noordam. What kind of music goes with cruising? All kinds. The fact that album sales arent what they used to be means that bands and promoters are looking for different ways for the bands and fans to connect, says Cherie Weinstein, vice president of group business development for Carnival Cruise Lines. She sees bigger and bigger acts willing to set sail with fans. Kristen Gregory of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been on a trio of cruises since 2007 featuring the group Barenaked Ladies. Even with BNL headlining all three cruises, there were tons of different bands on board and concerts running all day and all night, says Gregory, 30. The great perk of music cruises is discovering new bands that I like. The only downside? I was exhausted when I got back. Irish. Jam band. Blues. Bluegrass. Goth. Rock. Pop. Classical. Urban gospel. Jazz. Christian. Gay country-Western. Even fish in the sea have to feel the beat with all the music pulsing above. Most music cruises last four to five days and sail the Caribbean. The biggest take up a whole ship. For instance, the sold-out Kid Rock cruise April 29 is organized by Sixthman, an Atlanta company that specializes in chartering ships and turning them into floating music festivals. Besides the crew, everyone aboard is in a band or is a fan. Next years Smooth Jazz Cruise and K-Love and Friends Christian Cruise will be whole-ship cruises, too. What chartering the ship does is give the promoter more freedom, Weinstein says. Theyre not promoting a Carnival cruise per se, and youre not having the issue where half or 75 percent of the passengers are saying, Boy, I dont like this kind of music. (How much does it cost to rent a cruise ship for five days? Cruise industry analyst Steward Chiron says it could be nearly $1 million paid up front, nonrefundable.) For big acts, it is simply easier to take over the whole ship, says Andy Levine, CEO and owner of Sixthman. The difference between doing a half-ship and whole-ship charter is a difference between doing a party with your parents in town or parents out of town, he says. However, other music cruise promoters book only a few hundred or so cabins on a larger ship. Smaller is better, says Debbie Casey, owner of Irish Music Cruises in South Dartmouth, Mass. The smaller the group, the more one-on-one time fans can have with the musicians, she says. Her cruise will take up only 200 spaces on the 1,900-passenger Noordam from Jan. 24 to Feb. 3. Fans will see private performances by 10 acts, plus have time to interact and even jam with musiciansand have regular ship activities available as well. For musicians, there are pros and cons to both arrangements. The people on the big cruises are the super-fans. The more you get face time with them, the more theyll tell their friends about you, says Brian Duffy, a bass player from Duluth, Ga. He has played on four Christian cruises for top performers like Aaron Shust and Brandon Heath. The bad thing is, you have no escape except to hide in your room, he says. Cruise to the beat All of these music cruises are in 2010 in the Caribbean except as noted. Most last three to seven days. Most cost $700 to $1,500 per person. Check Web sites or call for remaining availability, exact itinerary, artists and costs.