The seventh ShipRocked voyage is set to sail January 18-22, 2016 from Miami, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico onboard Norwegian Pearl. Bands confirmed for ShipRocked 2016–fueled by Monster Energy–include headliners Five Finger Death Punch, along with Seether, Halestorm, Hellyeah, Helmet, 10 Years, Nonpoint, Avatar, Islander, ’68, Children 18:3, The Dead Deads, plus ‘80s cover band Rubix Kube, DJ Lippy Rage, and more. ShipRocked 2016 staterooms are on sale now at www.ShipRocked.com. Everyone, curators and performers alike are super excited for ShipRocked!
Undoubtedly one of the most relevant and successful rock bands globally, Five Finger Death Punch dominated 2013 with the releases The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell – Volume 1 and Volume 2. Both volumes debuted on the U.S. Billboard album chart at #2 (more notably, within a four-month period) and in the top ten mainstream charts all across the globe. The two albums feature three #1 radio hit singles (“Lift Me Up” featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest, “Battle Born” and “Wrong Side Of Heaven”) and have combined sales of over 800,000 units to date. The multi-million selling rock titans’ single “The Wrong Side Of Heaven” was their 14th consecutive top ten hit at Active Rock Radio and the video for the song has over 24 million views online. The band will release their highly anticipated sixth album this summer. They are excited to return to the fest with Zoltan Bathory, guitarist for Five Finger Death Punch saying, “ShipRocked isn’t just another show. It’s a music festival and a vacation rolled into one unique experience. The whole ship is a big backstage party where every fan is invited. We are excited to return and headline the cruise in 2016. See you on deck…”
Seether’s Shaun Morgan is also excited, saying, “I am absolutely stoked as hell to finally be part of ShipRocked! We have wanted this for so many years and now we get to play music on a cruise ship? F*ck yeah! People better bring their drinking hats and get ready for a serious party.”
Since their formation in 1999, Seether has become one of the most successful bands in the world. The hard-rocking outfit has released seven albums, two of which have gone Platinum and two more that are certified Gold. The consistent hit makers have enjoyed massive support at rock radio with singles sales topping seven million. Additionally, Seether has emerged into global headlining mainstays, regularly delivering blistering performances at many of the world’s biggest rock festivals. Their sixth studio album, Isolate and Medicate was released in July 2014 to rave reviews and impressive sales with a #4 debut on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart. The album’s first smash single “Words As Weapons” spent five weeks at #1, making it the band’s 12th #1 hit. “Nobody Praying For Me,” Isolate and Medicate’s just-released third single, has quickly been embraced by rock radio as Seether sets up for another dominant run on the airwaves.
Widely acknowledged as one of modern hard rock’s most explosive live acts, Halestorm made a stunning Top 5 chart debut in April with their acclaimed new album, Into The Wild Life. The GRAMMY® Award-winning band’s long awaited third studio album arrived at #5 on the Billboard 200, and #3 on SoundScan’s “Top Current Albums” chart while also entering their “Top Current Rock Albums” chart and “Top Current Hard Music Albums” chart at #1, marking Halestorm’s highest placement to date on all charts. Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale says, “After years of us hearing stories from all of our peers about what a great time ShipRockedis…the time has come to experience it for ourselves! It’s our first time, so please don’t be gentle! See all you Freaks on the high seas!!!”
Produced by ASK4 Entertainment, the Ultimate Rock ‘N’ Roll Cruise will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances and musical collaborations during the roundtrip ocean voyage from Miami onboard Norwegian Pearl, with a day at port in Costa Maya, Mexico. ShipRocked producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment explains, “For ShipRocked’s ‘Lucky #7,’ we have a fantastic lineup that includes a mix of ShipRocked family favorites and first time performers. We’re very excited to return to Costa Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan coast for the first time since 2011, and are planning some new events and activities for guests to enjoy. We also have some special surprises in store!”
Costa Maya is a coastal paradise in the Yucatan that features stunning beaches with soft sand and blue skies. Excursions (for an additional cost) are offered to ancient Mayan ruins in this region, which is rich with archaeological sites. Other activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, ATV, jeep and dune buggy adventures, catamaran cruises, glass bottom boat rides, paddle boarding, and more.
Each ShipRocked is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides guests with the opportunity to vacation with their favorite bands, meet new friends, and reunite with old ones year after year. ShipRocked on-board and beach activities include photo meet and greets with band members, poolside games, artist Q&A sessions, trivia challenges, game shows, parties, contests and more.
During ShipRocked 2015, guests from around the U.S. and various other countries were treated to more than 50 performances from 25 artists on five stages aboard Norwegian Pearl–and on the spectacular beach stage of Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas–along with three days of meet-and-greets with ShipRocked artists, comedy and DJ sets, impromptu stage-side signings, and more. The 2015 ShipRocked Cancer Sucks! onboard charity auction raised nearly $80,000 towards funding innovative medical research and finding a cure for cancer.
We’ve already established that ShipRocked is one of the best music festivals out there for rockers, but this years lineup drives this point home even further. Get your tickets early, as the rock and roll cruise might sell out!