Ladies and gentlemen, consider the following question before booking your next cruise ship vacation. Would you like to dance to “La Cucaracha” with bloated tourists who haven’t seen sun or fun in years or would you prefer to rock the deck with real bands and the cute, pop-culture savvy VH1 set? Yeah. We thought so.
Book a cabin now on our VH1 Best Cruise Ever — a music fest at sea hosted by 3 Doors Down (pictured) and featuring Lifehouse and Shinedown. Special guests include Finger Eleven, Carolina Liar, SAFETYSUIT and others. (Listen to the bands that will be on board here.) We’ll sail together from Tampa to Grand Cayman, April 15-19. Read the official press release after the jump.
VH1 And Sixthman Bring Music to the High Seas for the
Ultimate Vacation Experience Hosted by 3 Doors Down
VH1 Best Cruise Ever to also feature Lifehouse and Shinedown When it Sets Sail in 2010
New York, NY -July 16, 2009 – VH1 and Sixthman today announce VH1 Best Cruise Ever, the first-ever official VH1 entertainment cruise set to sail in 2010. This music festival at sea, hosted by 3 Doors Down, also features Lifehouse and Shinedown, and will set sail from Tampa, Florida to Grand Cayman April 15-19, 2010 on the Carnival Inspiration. An exclusive pre-sale for the cruise is available now through July 22nd at www.vh1bestcruiseever.com and tickets to the general public will be on sale starting August 3rd.
VH1 Best Cruise Ever will also include performances by special guests Finger Eleven and VH1’s “You Oughta Know” artists Carolina Liar and SAFETYSUIT and several other artists. In addition to seeing these artists perform in a unique and up-close-and-personal setting, guests will enjoy VH1-themed onboard activities, contests and more.
VH1 Best Cruise Ever will feature full electric performances by the mega-rock force 3 Doors Down. The quintessential fivesome, hailed as “the thoroughly modern American band” (Billboard Magazine), are looking forward to hitting the high seas. Bass player, Todd Harrell says, “We’re bringing all of our RockBand friends…it’s gonna be a big party on the Caribbean!”
3 Doors Down are die-hard road warriors, whose decade-plus ascension has been firmly cemented into rock’s record books. They have attained massive mainstream success with 15 million albums sold and seven #1 hits. The band tours constantly, but this will be the first time they host their own four-day boat bash.
“The ‘VH1 Best Cruise Ever’ is one more way for VH1’s fans to experience the music and entertainment they love, said Nigel Cox-Hagan, EVP, Creative and Consumer Marketing for VH1. “This experience will bring music lovers together for a high-seas festival packed with performances and lots of fun in the sun.”
“We are excited to partner with VH1 to bring together communities of music fans for a vacation like no other,” said Andy Levine, owner of Sixthman. “Fans will not want to miss the lineup of concerts and activities onboard combined with the unique flavor the VH1 brand brings to the table.”
While watching non-stop music shows and engaging in unique artist interactions, guests can also enjoy all of the amenities and facilities aboard the “Fun Ship” Carnival Inspiration, which last year underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment that saw the addition of a water park, adults-only retreat, resort-style pool and numerous other features.
“Carnival is far and away the most preferred and successful cruise line when it comes to hosting music festivals at sea which bring together artists and fans to enjoy intimate performances and other activities in a high quality, relaxing and fun vacation setting,” said Cherie Weinstein, Vice President of Group Business Development for Carnival Cruise Lines.
Cabins for VH1 Best Cruise Ever are currently on sale and start at $799 per person based on double occupancy plus taxes and fees. For more information, go to www.vh1bestcruiseever.com.
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 95 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive broadband video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.
ABOUT SIXMAN LLC.
Sixthman, LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, focuses on creating, marketing and commercially developing musically-driven lifestyle events with an emphasis on themed cruises. Founded and formed in 2001 and led by industry leader Andy Levine, Sixthman has rapidly captured market share in the affinity travel industry. Sixthman focuses on harnessing the music, ideas and energy of communities to pioneer an experience of a lifetime. By partnering with fan oriented artists and world class resorts and cruise lines, Sixthman is able to attract passionate music fans to new destinations. For more information, visit www.sixthman.net.
ABOUT CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES
Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Europe and Bermuda. The line currently has two new ships scheduled for delivery between now and 2011. The first of those, the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, is set to debut Sept. 21, 2009.For additional information or reservations on the “Fun Ship” vacation experience, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
ABOUT 3 DOORS DOWN
Formed in Escatawpa, Mississippi, the resilient fivesome known as 3 Doors Down have blazed a trail as the quintessential rock band, attaining massive mainstream success but somehow never losing that small town identity that has branded them rock’s truest underdogs. They’ve reigned as a genuine force of nature, boasting rock n’ roll’s most earnest work ethic -‘The thoroughly modern American band’ – crows Billboard, one part swagger/one part tireless road warriors, brandishing an arsenal of battle-tested radio gems like their breakthrough anthem, “Kryptonite.” They’ve earned a wall-full of accolades that are also firmly cemented into rock’s record books: 15 million albums sold, 3 multi-platinum albums (their first album, 2000’s The Better Life sold an astounding 6 million copies, with their 2002 follow-up, Away From The Sun selling 4 million) six #1 hits, multiple Billboard and other awards, and a relentless road itinerary that saw them hit 32 countries in a six years. Their current self-titled album is available now.