We have written plenty of articles about music theme cruises and I have said this a dozen times and I will say it again, if you have not tried one you really don't know what you are missing. There is something about combining two of your favorite things that makes a music theme cruise more than the sum of the parts - it is the experience of a lifetime, the kind you never forget. Add to the experience over 1000 like-minded rock & roll fans, and the good times are virtually guaranteed.
One year ago one of our regular contributors, Judy Cuervo, who's covered cruising for Porthole Magazine, Gotham, Executive Traveler, Bridal Guide and other publications, went on the 15th Annual Rock & Roll Cruise as presented by Concerts at Sea. As you can read in the report of that cruise she wrote last January, 60's Cruise 2008, even though she never expected to have so much fun, she enjoyed it so much she is now booking cruisers on the cruise! That's the kind of commitment a life-changing experience creates.
Who is on this year's Concerts at Sea star-studded roster? If you love the music of the sixties this is the real deal. This is no tribute cruise with a bunch of nerdy fans and sound-alike bands, this is the real Paul Revere and the Raiders, Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, Charlie Thomas' the Drifters and the Association, each doing full-length shows-not quick one or two-song guest appearances!
|The Raiders on Costa 2008||The Association|
Do you remember these lyrics? "Kicks just keep getting harder to find, and all your kicks ain�t bringing you peace of mind," or "Hungry for the good life baby, hungry through and through." That�s Paul Revere and the Raiders. They were doing stage shows back when other bands were still just trying to look cute for teen magazines. Well, even at 71 years old, Paul Revere still "kicks" it out just like he did on ABC's "Where the Action Is" hosted by Dick Clark. Today's Paul Revere and the Raiders�now featuring lead singer Darrin Medley, Bill Medley's son - show no signs of slowing down, as anyone who's seen their regular Branson, Missouri shows will tell you. Expect their show to be part theater, part side-splitting comedy and a big part fabulous rock & roll featuring Raider songs as well as other legendary hits that will rock you out of your seat!
Who doesn't remember Bill Medley's booming baritone voice on songs like "You've Lost that Loving Feeling?" It's the most played song in American radio history, and you'll hear it live on this cruise. Since he lost his original partner Bobby Hatfield, Bill Medley has worked with everyone from Beach Boy Brian Wilson to Phil Everly. But his original hits are the ones that continue to define our lives: "Just Once in My Life" and "Unchained Melody." Who can forget Medley crooning, "I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me"? Bill Medley - Righteous Brothers >>>
For years the Association dominated the charts with songs like "Along Comes Mary," "Never My Love," "Cherish" and "Windy"-- some of the most romantic ballads ever written at a time when the psychedelic 60s were in their heyday.
Finally, we have Charlie Thomas' Drifters, who will sing the smash hits "Lucille," "Fools Fall in Love," This Magic Moment," "Save the Last Dance for Me," Some Kind of Wonderful," "On Broadway," "Under the Boardwalk" and dozens more top 50 hits over the years.
This is the cruise for real 60s music fans, the one where you get to connect with the artists and hear what the early days of rock 'n roll were really like. In addition to concerts by all of the great artists you'll participate in question and answer sessions, a sock hop, trivia sessions, dance lessons and more. And it's more than likely that you'll find yourself at the pool bar having a drink and a chat with one of your teenage idols or sharing a table at the lunch buffet.
Any company that has been presenting successful music cruises for 15 years has to be doing something right; so this coming January they are doing it for the 16th time. The 16th annual Concerts at Sea sailing departs Fort Lauderdale on January 23 aboard Costa Atlantica - a glorious 85,619 grt, 2,680 passenger ship in the same class as Carnival Spirit. From Ft Lauderdale you'll visit Key West, Grand Cayman, Roatan and Cozumel.
|Paul Revere & The Raiders Rock the Costa Mediterranea|
Sound tempting? If so, don't run to your regular travel agent or expect to book Concerts at Sea directly through Costa. Only passengers who purchase the Concerts at Sea exclusive entertainment package will have access to the shows and activities. When you participate, your room key will be marked with a special Concerts at Sea sticker-without it, you'll be denied admission to all of the fantastic concerts and fun activities like the open air sock hop, the private cocktail party and the dance parties.
Best of all, Costa Atlantica's January 23rd sailing is a cruise vacation in addition to a rock & roll celebration! Along with all of the great entertainment, you'll experience all of the delights of a mid-Winter Caribbean cruise: The sunshine and gentle breezes, sparkling blue Caribbean waters, sumptuous gourmet dining (don't miss the terrific pasta!), exotic ports of call, Costa's signature Toga Party-sheets provided-and much, much more.
At the time of this writing, categories 11, 12 and B3 are completely sold out, but space is available in other categories, beginning at $1,249 for category 13 . And, if you book by November 15th, you'll save $100 off the Concerts at Sea published fares.
For those who want the ultimate concert experience, a "preferred seating" option is available for an additional $200. This option, designated by a different color Concerts at Sea sticker, admits holders into the concert showroom before remaining guests, allowing them to score the best seats in the house.
Once again, if this cruise sounds good to you, please read Judi's report from last year. She was absolutely blown away by the experience 60's Cruise 2008. For further information or to book Concerts at Sea's 16th annual rock & roll cruise, contact Judi Cuervo at Pisa Brother's Travel; 212-265-8420, ext. 230 or e-mail her at email@example.com
|Concerts at Sea takes over Margaritaville on Grand Turks 2008|