On Feb. 3 the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Brilliance of the Seas will sail from Tampa, Florida with her course set for Progland. Actually the ship will be headed to Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico, but for all the avid music fans aboard, the cruise liner might as well be on a journey to a place called Progland, as the Brilliance of the Seas is the year’s venue for the enormous floating prog rock festival known as Cruise to the Edge. A veritable ocean of prog music will waft throughout the ship Feb. 3-8.
Initiated by Yes, one of the early proponents of prog rock, Cruise to the Edge has become one of the most highly anticipated annual prog festivals. Year after year the festival features a top-notch line-up, and with Yes, the ever-popular Marillion, Steve Hackett (Genesis), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) headlining, the 2018 sailing is sure to be one to remember.
Many other groups that are fan favorites and veterans of previous cruises are returning, including Stick Men featuring Tony Levin and with special guest David Cross on violin, Lifesigns, Glass Hammer, Haken, Anathema and, performing live for the last time ever, Saga. Other shows fans won’t want to miss include performances from the Adrian Belew Power Trio, Sons of Apollo which features Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian (and Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot and Jeff Scott Soto), and Baraka who are known as “the Rush of Japan.” Two groups that have roots going way back to the early prog days are also set to appear; fans can expect mind-blowing sets from Focus and the much revered Gong.
Rounding out the roster are Casey McPherson, Knifeworld, Sound of Contact, Moon Safari, Bad Dreams, IO Earth, Dave Kerzner, Thank You Scientist, Eric Gillette and Brook Hansen. As always, Cruise to the Edge will be MC’d by rock journalist and Yes expert Jon Kirkman. Also aboard will be Roger Dean, the artist who designed many album covers for Yes and other bands. Fans will also be able to enjoy late night jam sessions, artist Q&A sessions and for those who get to Tampa a day early, a Feb. 2 pre-cruise party at Ferg’s Live that will feature Baraka and two other bands yet to be named.
Fans will, of course, be able to enjoy all of the delights of the Brilliance of the Seas, including a seemingly endless amount of food. The cruise will feature two “at sea” days and a full day each docked in Belize City and Costa Maya. Shore excursions in Belize City include snorkeling adventures, train tours, carriage rides, rum tastings and more. In Costa Maya, shore excursion choices include snorkeling, dolphin adventure, ATV riding in the jungle, fun on the beach, exploration of Mayan culture and more. Shore excursions are not included in the cost of the cruise.
For more information on Cruise to the Edge and to book a cabin go here.