Five days on a cruise ship with 22 bands, 30 more individual artists creating the Stowaways, playing on 4 stages, with 5 theme nights, meets & greets and 2 stops in the Caribbean make for an amazing week. Toss in a huge beach party and a ton of alcohol… it was pretty hard not having fun this past February 1st-6th.

For the 11th edition, the man with the plan, Alan Koening (to most known as The Captain), moved the departure for our 2020 sailing to the port of New Orleans. A pre-Mardi Gras parade on Friday, had more than 3000 Shiprockers take over Bourbon street on January 30th. A perfect spot for the music lovers and party animals that we are.

Sailing away on Saturday around 4pm with the headliner Halestorm performing on the main stage was an incredible feeling. A feeling of excitement of what was to come in the next few days but also, feeling of being part of something big. A big and beautiful family!

During the five days each band had the opportunity of playing twice on 2 different stages, one inside the ship’s theater, the other, on the top deck over the pool.

The first stop in Cozumel was dedicated to a huge beach party with individual performances by Joyous Wolf and Hyro The Hero, and many games with or against band members on the Mexican shore.

Almost every morning we could go to a yoga class to start the day or sleep in a little, followed by funny drinking games hosted by different bands all over the ship. For the days spent at sea, most fans waited in the merchandise line (believe me, we had to be VERY patient!) as well as different Meet & Greet opportunities with all the bands. For the night owls on the boat, every night had a party related to an individual theme night in the Disco Club with different DJs or karaoke in the Casino with a live band.

Here is the full line up, including the Stowaways and the Band Hosted Games:

Line up (alphabetical order) :

Alter Bridge
Andy Wood
Asking Alexandria
Belle And The Dragon
Black Stone Cherry
Cane Hill
Chad Nicefield
Clint Lowery
DJ Lippy Rage
Dead Posey
Dead Sara
Goodbye June
Hands Like Houses
Hyro The Hero
Ice Nine Kills
Joyous Wolf
Living Colour
Luka Rossi & Friends
Maria Brink
Of Mice & Men
Petty Cash
Royal Tusk
We Are Band Nerds


Aaron Spiers of Raveneye
Andy Vargas of Santana
AP of Gemini Syndrome
Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory
Carly Smithson and Chris Traynor of Bush
Chris Volz of Flaw
CJ Pierce and Jasen Moreno of Drowning Pool
Clint Lowery of Sevendust
Dameon and Gabe Aranda of Aranda
Geno Lenardo of Filter
Jasen Rausch of Breaking Benjamin
Jason Womack and Phil Buckman of Fuel
Jeff Fabb and John Deservio of Black Label Society
Joey Duenas of Unloco
John Tempesta of The Cult
JR Bareis of Love & Death
Leo Moracchioli
Luka Rossi
Mark Vollelunga of Nothing More
Robb Rivera of Nonpoint
Todd Morse of The Offspring
Tyson P. Leslie and Liliana Preotu of Cilver
Will Hunt of Evanescence

Activities hosted by bands:

Bloodys & Bingo  by We Are Band Nerds
Deck Wars by Hyro The Hero
Touchdown Celebration Contest by Ice Nine Kills
VIP Party by Joyous Wolf and Goodbye June
Drunk Spelling Bee by Randy Weitzel and Carly Smithson
Beach Wars with Beartooth
The Quest by Chad Nicefield and CJ Pierce
Beers & Bingo by Goodbye June
Flip Cup Tournament with Badflower
Messy Twister with Black Stone Cherry
The Newly Band Game by Dead Sara, DED and Royal Tusk

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