The ninth edition of ShipRocked kicked off Sunday departing from Port Canaveral in Florida onboard the Carnival Liberty. The Space Odyssey theme was alive onboard with R2D2 making his way around the ship and fans dressed as astronauts watching their favorite bands. The sold-out ship was full of die-hard veterans of the franchise as well as many new members to partake in the week’s festivities on land and sea. The cruise made two stops in the Bahamas. The first port of call was in Nassau on Monday and Tuesday the ship docked near the Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas where fans were treated beautiful blue ocean beach activities. P.O.D. and Otherwise performed on an actual pirate ship on the private island with the blue waters of the ocean as a backdrop.
ShipRocked always lives up to their “Vacation Harder” motto by providing almost 24/7 music and endless opportunities to hang with friends new and old. Fans get a unique opportunity to meet and hang out with their favorite musicians year after year whether it is in the casino, the bar or the buffet line where there is a “family-like vibe” that you only see on ShipRocked.
Seether provided a high-energy sail-away performance to get the party started. The South African band performed new songs from their latest album, 2017's Poison the Parish, and some classics such as “Broken," “Fine Again” and “Gasoline" for over 2000 fans as the boat sailed out to sea.
There were several standout performances this year on the cruise. In This Moment played the deck stage on Monday night in an environment that was perfect for the Goth metalcore band. Maria Brink usually relies on fans onstage to create a wind effect for their theatrical performances. The wind and mist on the ship speeding toward the Bahamas provided the perfect atmosphere that was almost surreal to showcase the band in the open air.
Stone Sour provided the most dynamic performances of the week with frontman Corey Taylor doing what he does best and stealing the show. The band closed out the live performances on the main stage deck on Wednesday night with Corey entering the stage wearing a sailor costume and telling the crowd this was the best trip they have ever had thanks to the great ShipRocked family of fans onboard.
Black Label Society played the pool deck main stage as the sunset as the Liberty pulled out of the port in Nassau, Bahamas. The bearded hard rocking band played hits old and new with a set filled with Zakk Wylde’s famous ear-splitting guitar solos.
Another standout set of performances on the ship came from newcomers Joyous Wolf from Orange County, California. Their outgoing daredevil personalities came alive with the performance on the deck stage with lead singer Nick Reese climbing to the top of the stage scaffolding while guitarist Blake Allard shredded below.
The ShipRocked crew announced the tenth anniversary cruise will take place next year on the Carnival Valor leaving out of the port of Galveston for the first time and heading to Mexico January 26-31, 2019. The cruise will also extend to five days next year so book soon at ShipRocked.com before the ship is sold out.