The Sea is Alive with the Sound of Music


Coachella kicked off the idea of music on the open water, but now Carnival cruises is expanding on the idea, in a major way. The line is set to set sail and take to the high sea with musical acts in tow, thanks to their new entertainment offerings, an initiative that will be the first of its kind.

“Onboard entertainment is an important part of the overall guest experience when cruising,” said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. “With the Carnival LIVE Concert Series, our guests will enjoy an exclusive performance with one of their favorite artists for an extraordinary value. Combined with our enhanced house bands fleetwide, this is just another example of the many ways we are constantly looking to create even more fun and memorable moments for our guests.”

Guests will be privy to performances from Chicago, Daughtry, Gavin DeGraw, Jennifer Hudson, Jewel, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John and Lady Antebellum.

“Performing live is one of my favorite things,” said Grammy Award-winner, Hudson at an exclusive launch event for Carnival LIVE in New York City on January 22. “I’m excited to be part of this unique concert series that will allow me to interact with my fans in such an intimate and memorable setting.”

Beginning in April of 2014, concerts will take place on board eight Carnival shops that call in the following ports: Coszumel, Mexico, Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina Island, California. Artists will join the ship while in port, perform in the main show lounge that evening, and debark following their show.

Tickets will retail for $20-40 each with VIP tickets available for $100-150 (the price includes an artist meet and greet, photo opportunity, seating in the first three rows and a commemorative laminated concert pass.”

So, who’s ready to set sail?!