Music Cruises

   November 25, 2015 ,   Themed Cruises

At CruiseMapper's Music Cruise survey you will find departure dates, itineraries, and various "music and dance" theme cruise information and tips. We offer you a list of Classical music concerts and dance cruise specials on deals to visit the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia on a big cruise ship vacation. Caution - music cruises are super fun, generally promoting a lot of drinking and dancing activities. Cruise drinking and dancing fun generally involve big money spending. Very special are also all the music concert voyages on big riverboats in Europe.

For your convenience, the following link jumps down directly to CruiseMapper's music-cruises schedule, listing lines, ships, departure dates, and homeports. Follow Mardi Gras Carnival cruises visiting the US port cities New Orleans Louisiana, Galveston Texas, Tampa Florida, Long Beach (Los Angeles) California, NYC New York, Mobile Alabama, and of course - Rio De Janeiro (Brazil). This survey is integrated with our Themed Cruises.

"Dance and Music" themed cruises

Themed as "Music Cruises" deals are from the list of the industry's newest inventions. They are very similar to all the music concerts arranged at land-based facilities (music halls, theaters, stadiums, etc. And since modern cruise ships can accommodate from 2500 (on average) to more than 5000 people, these so special marine vessels become the perfect place for the mixed "music concert and party" cruise vacation the world has never seen before.

music and dance cruises

From what Wikipedia has said about music - it's the art form "whose medium is sound and silence". However, on cruise ships there's no such thing as silence - it's party time all the time! The word "music" derives from Greek "mousike" meaning the "art of the Muses". And what is better than a Muses-inspired vacation of several days at sea, right?

Dance-themed cruises

The dance cruise experience is a major part of the "Music Cruise" specials - especially when famous bands and singers are involved in these actions. And these "musical" deals suggest a hell of a lot dancing on the ship. Imagine you can enjoy (if fortunate enough) your super cool band's performance at sea. There are some truly unique sailings, which include huge crowd dancing parties featuring NKOTB (with the "New Kids On The Block" celebrities).

Christian-themed music cruises are another unique offer in this category. On those, you'll enjoy the company of hundreds and even thousands of like-minded folks sharing your ideas of God, right and wrong. And quite often, preachers there dance and enjoy the music more than the audience itself.

Popular musical genders on the specially themed music and dance cruises are Rock, Country, and Folk bands. And Classical music and Jazz themed cruises offer one truly sophisticated experience at sea. Often music-themed sailings are combined with specials from the category of Food and Wine cruises. These are usually Jazz- or Classic music-themed (often river cruise) deals, offering a gourmet voyage on some of Europe's biggest rivers, such as the Danube, or Rhone and Seine in France.

P&O Cruises UK ships offer each year several Music Cruises leaving from Southampton, and their Australia brand may offer such themed deals from Sydney, Australia. Most of them are Mediterranean cruises from Southampton, and Cruises To Nowhere from Sydney - i.e. without additional ports of call (which significantly lowers their cost by not including port charges).

How much do "Music Cruises" cost,  what is included in prices?

Your dance/music cruise infrastructure is pretty much like a normal sailing - but it's not, ok? The cruise part as always, includes tanning, swimming, drinking, dining, sleeping (with the "repeat until" command) summarized as "easy big-time fun". Your "music cruise tickets" prices are inclusive of all meals on the boat and add to that the 24-hr room service onboard. This means all main dining rooms and the buffet dining, specialty restaurants charge extra (from ~$20 to $50 per meal). Alcohol, soda and soft drinks are not in the list of inclusions.

Beware - enjoying the music cruise fun in a not healthy and not cheap combination with lots of beverages could cost you way more than the ticket itself. Virtually all music and dance cruise deals are on round-trip departures from some of the world's biggest cruise ports - like Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Florida, NYC New York, Boston MA, Los Angeles, Southampton UK, Sydney AU.

Music Cruises 2023-2024 schedule

Most of the following voyages are themed on Classic, Folk, Country, Rock, or Jazz music.

Dance and Music Cruises - CruiseMapper

Note: In the following table, all links are internal (CruiseMapper) redirecting to the ship’s itinerary schedule where you can compare dates and prices per person (double occupancy rates).

Companies / ShipsMusic ThemesRegionsDeparture Ports and Dates

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Liberty

Carnival Pride

  1. (Magic) "ShipRocked Cruise
  2. (Liberty) "ShipRocked Cruise"
  3. (Pride) "Big Nude Boat 2023"


The Bahamas


  1. (Jan 22, 2023) 6-night roundtrip from Port Canaveral
  2. (Jan 30, 2023) 4-night roundtrip from Port Canaveral
  3. (Feb 12, 2023) 14-night roundtrip from Tampa FL

Royal Caribbean

Oasis of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

Navigator Of The Seas

Independence of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas

Radiance of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas

Independence Of The Seas

Mariner Of The Seas

  1. (Liberty) "Rock Legends Cruise X"
  2. (Navigator) "The 80s Cruise Year 7"




Grand Cayman

New Caledonia



  1. (Feb 13, 2023) 4-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale
  2. (Mar 3, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Los Angeles

Holland America


Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Statendam



  1. (Nieuw Amsterdam) "The Country Music Cruise"
  2. (Nieuw Statendam) "Legendary Rhythm And Blues Cruise #38 Eastern Caribbean"
  3. (Nieuw Amsterdam) "Soul Train Cruise"
  4. (Westerdam) "All Star Irish Cruise"


The Bahamas


Pacific Coast

  1. (Jan 22, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale 
  2. (Jan 28, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale
  3. (Jan 29, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale  
  4. (May 28, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Seattle WA

Princess Cruises

Ruby Princess

Crown Princess

Emerald Princess

Caribbean Princess

  1. (Caribbean) "Concerts at Sea Rock & Roll Cruises"/"Annual Where The Action Is Caribbean Cruise"



  1. various departures

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Equinox

Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Summit

  1. (Millennium) "The Jazz Cruise"
  2. (Millennium) "Blue Note At Sea"
  3. (Millennium) "The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 Sailing 1"
  4. (Millennium) "The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 Sailing 2"
  5. (Reflection) "Vacaya Caribbean Cruise"
  6. (Summit) "Ultimate Disco Cruise"
  1. (Jan 6, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Florida
  2. (Jan 13, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Florida
  3. (Jan 20, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Florida
  4. (Jan 27, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Florida
  5. (Feb 12, 2023) 7-night roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Florida
  6. (Feb 25, 2023) 5-night roundtrip from Miami Florida

NCL Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Jade

Norwegian Star

Norwegian Joy

  1. (Pearl) "The Rock Boat XXII Cruise"
  2. (Pearl) "Chris Jerichos Rock N Wrestling Rager At Sea Four Leaf Clover"
  3. (Pearl) "Rock The Bells Cruise: A Hip-Hop Experience"
  4. (Pearl) "Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea: Five Alive"
  5. (Pearl) "Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea IX"




  1. (Jan 23, 2023) 5-night roundtrip from PortMiami
  2. (Feb 2, 2023) 4-night roundtrip from PortMiami
  3. (Nov 13, 2023) 4-night roundtrip from PortMiami
  4. (Jan 26, 2024) 4-night from Miami FL to Cozumel (Mexico)
  5. (Mar 18, 2024) 4-night from Miami FL to Cozumel (Mexico)

Cunard Line

Queen Elizabeth

RMS Queen Mary 2

  1. (Queen Elizabeth)"QE2 Big Band Ball"
  2. (Queen Mary 2) "National Symphony Orchestra"
  3. (Queen Mary 2)"Dance the Atlantic" via a partnership with the English National Ballet

Europe (Baltic)


various departures

Marella Cruises

Marella Explorer


"Electric Sunsets" with 90s boy bands Five and 911, Bewitched, S Club Party, DJs Judge Jules, and DJ Sash

North Sea

various departures

MSC Cruises

MSC Orchestra

MSC Divina

MSC Armonia

MSC Preziosa




The Bahamas



Le Bougainville

Le Dumont-d’Urville


Northern Europe


Silversea Cruises

Silver Muse

Silver Spirit

Silver Shadow


Europe (Mediterranean) 





Avalon Waterways

Avalon Impression

Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Tranquility II

Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Tapestry II


 Europe (rivers)


American Cruise Lines

American Jazz

  1. "Music Cities" with port calls in: Nashville, Clarksville, Dover, Paducah, and Memphis, as well as sailing Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake


(2023) 8-day between Memphis and Nashville, along the Mississippi River and its tributaries: the Tennessee, Ohio, Cumberland Rivers

AQSC-American Queen Steamboat Company

American Duchess

American Queen

American Countess

  1. An American Music Festival from Memphis TN to Nashville (Clarksville TN)
  2. An American Music Festival from Nashville (Clarksville) to St. Louis (Alton IL)
  3. An American Music Festival from Louisville KY to Nashville (Clarksville TN)
  4. Star-Spangled Spectacular from Nashville (Clarksville) to Louisville KY
  5. Country Christmas from Memphis TN to Nashville (Clarksville TN)
  6. Country Christmas from Nashville (Clarksville) to Memphis TN.


various departures

P&O Ferries




Mardi Gras carnival cruises

Mardi Gras cruises are music and dance-themed voyages with itineraries that visit the US port cities New Orleans LouisianaGalveston TexasTampa FloridaLong Beach (Los Angeles) CaliforniaNYC New YorkMobile Alabama, and of course, Rio De Janeiro Brazil.

Mardi Gras Carnival

The Mardi Gras carnival aka "Carnival season" (the name literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French) is a Catholic festival celebrated in the countries of Anglican nations. The celebrations start on Epiphany (or "the feast day" on January 6th) and culminate on the day before Ash Wednesday (called "Fat Tuesday" and "Mardi Gras Day" - positioned exactly 46 days before Easter).

When is the Mardi Gras carnival day?

Because day's timing is set according to Easter, it varies by year - between February 3 and March 9. Follows a list with the Mardi Gras dates in the next couple of years (all dates will be on Tuesdays, though  - no matter the year).

Carnival Mardi Gras - CruiseMapper

The Mardi Gras dates are:

  • in 2020 on February 25
  • in 2021 on February 16
  • in 2022 on March 1
  • in 2023 on February 21
  • in 2024 on February 13
  • in 2025 on March 4
  • in 2026 on February 17
  • in 2027 on February 9

To find your "Mardi Gras cruise ship", just pick departure port (New OrleansGalvestonTampaLos AngelesNew YorkMobile, Rio De Janeiro). In the port's schedule, you'll find listed ships leaving from or going to that seaport. Then choose itineraries that include the year's carnival day.

Mardi Gras New Orleans is second only to the "Rio Carnival" in Brazil. According to Wikipedia, the Rio Carnival draws record numbers of day tourists to Brazil - 2,2 million for the Carnival Day in 2012. Add to this more than 5 million people for the whole week (around 70% of all annual guests to Rio De Janeiro), with over 400,000 foreigners participating in the week-long day and night music and dancing, and boozing.

Carnival Mardi Gras - CruiseMapper

"Mardi Gras booze cruise" inclusions

Most Mardi Gras themed cruise deals are offered by independent resellers and for larger groups with discounted cabin rates. Group booking ("Hosted Group Cruise"), besides great pricing, is also among travel agencies' special deals.

  • Included by the agency are at least one Private Group cocktail party, all gratuities (depending on ship/itinerary these can be up to $100 PP), group departure, daily and nightly group gatherings, group dining (reserved tables), and, of course, your "Mask Party".
  • Included by the ship (for the duration of the trip) are all meals (excepting alternative restaurants), accommodations and entertainment, 24-hour room service.
  • Not-included (optional) are group shore excursions (again at discount prices), alcoholic beverages (optional all-inclusive drink packages are offered), gift shop purchases, spa services, gambling (casino / bingo), airfare (optional fly-cruise packages are offered from USA and UK), port charges, Government taxes, local transfers to the departure port. Remember that for US citizens a passport or certified birth certificate is always required.
  • All Mardi Gras themed cruises offer special dining menu and carnival-themed shipboard activities - good music, exotic masquerade, booze packages, and promos.

Mardi Gras cruising experiences

In 2017, the UK-based Fred Olsen Cruise Line offered the company's first-ever Mardi Gras cruise as part of an epic travel adventure to ports in the Caribbean, North and Central America leaving roundtrip from the UK.

  • From Southampton England, Fred Olsen’s ship MS Balmoral offered in February 2017 a 46-night itinerary as an adults-only cruise visiting 18 ports of call and featuring 3 full days and 2 overnights in NOLA (New Orleans) allowing plenty of time to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.
  • This unique themed cruise (46-night itinerary, code L1703, the theme "Central America and the Mardi Gras" left Southampton on February 4, 2017. Prices started from GBP 3450 pp (based on double-occupancy twin-bed Superior Interior cabin). Pricing included accommodation, all onboard meals, and entertainment, plus port taxes.
  • The list of cruise ports of call included: Southampton – Funchal Madeira – Bridgetown Barbados – Castries St. Lucia – St John’s Antigua – Road Town Tortola BVI – Falmouth Jamaica – Trujillo Honduras – Belize City – Cozumel Mexico – New Orleans LA (2-nights) – Tampa FL – Key West FL – Miami FL – Port Canaveral FL – Jacksonville FL – Charleston SC – Hamilton Bermuda – Ponta Delgada Azores – Southampton.
  • The 2-night stay in NOLA allowed cruise tourists to enjoy the festivities at this fabulously extravagant festival. Passengers were also provided with the opportunity to attend the "Orpheuscapade Black Tie Ball" in New Orleans – something rarely experienced by tourists. This formal event was held in the city's Convention Centre, featuring live music, dancing, and the chance to get up close to the gigantic carnival floats, as a local celebrity leads the parade directly through the Centre.