It used to be the case that you had to decide between high-quality entertainment on land or fun in the sun on the sea. The emergence of music cruises in Miami and other ports have changed that, giving visitors and locals alike the ability to enjoy live performances by their favorite bands — all while floating on the Atlantic, food and drinks included.

Top Upcoming Music Cruises in Miami:

Holy Ship!

Holy Ship! — not-so-clever name and all — stands above the competition at the forefront of Miami-based music cruises. The cruise carries more of a festival feel than that of a standard concert or tour, offering four days of music in each of its two installments this winter. Holy Ship Miami focuses on electronic musicians, including Pretty Lights, Flume, RL Grime, Skrillex and other genre-leading DJs and producers.

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January 3-6, 2015
February 18-21, 2015


The Rock Boat

Fans of straight-laced alternative rock — especially those tunes made popular on the FM airwaves of the 1990s — would do well to hop on The Rock Boat. This five-day cruise features a number of chart-toppers from the alt rock world, including Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel, Carbon Leaf, and Gaelic Storm. For fans looking for the next big thing, the cruise offers a “Soundcheck Stage” of less-established performers.

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January 24-28, 2015


Sail Across the Sun

This floating festival — chaired by alt-rock royalty Train — provides one of the music cruise circuit’s most diverse lineups. The five-day trip features performers from all walks of the music and entertainment worlds, including Ingrid Michaelson, The Wailers, Chase Rice, and comedian Michael Ian Black. Celebrity chefs serving on-board include Chris Consentino and Ryan Scott.

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February 13-17, 2015


For those who like their music loud and their vacations a little less relaxing than most, ShipRocked offers the ideal on-board experience. Metal and rock musicians from the past headline this event, including Limp Bizkit, Black Label Society, Buckcherry and P.O.D.

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February 2-6, 2015

Before embarking on your Miami music cruise of choice, enjoy a relaxing night at Winter Haven hotel, a comfortable hotel in Miami Beach.