From New Kids on the Block to Kid Rock to Weezer, popular musical groups and performers from the past and present are appearing on music-themed cruises, doing concerts for and mingling with fans.
Passengers can sing along and dance and otherwise immerse themselves in the music, together with like-minded fellow cruisers.
If, that is, they can get onboard — some of these cruises are so popular they sell out fast (though waitlists give you a fighting chance).
Here's a sampling of musical stars making appearances onboard cruise ships in coming months.
Wynonna, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins. Promising more than 100 concerts in a week, Country Cruising sails to the Western Caribbean for a week onboard the Norwegian Pearl embarking January 12, 2014, from Miami. It's Wynonna's first appearance at sea.
Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mary Wilson, B.J. Thomas, The Cowsills. Get nostalgic on the 21st Annual Where the Action Is cruise on the Caribbean Princess, leaving Houston January 18, 2014, for a week in the Western Caribbean.
Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Ronnie Milsap. Country Music Cruise 2014 takes fans to the Caribbean aboard Holland America Line's Eurodam cruising from Fort Lauderdale on a one-week sailing embarking January 19, 2014.
Delbert McClinton. The three-time Grammy winner hosts his 20th floating blues festival, dubbed the Sandy Beaches Cruise onboard the Norwegian Pearl, January 19-26, 2014, round-trip from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean.
Transatlantic. Was there ever a group with a better name for a cruise? The supergroup joins more than 20 other acts for Progressive Nation At Sea onboard the Norwegian Pearl, a four-day Bahamas cruise from Miami, embarking February 8.
Weezer. Fans can join the alt-rock band at sea in February as they host a four-day musical extravaganza onboard the Carnival Fascination, sailing from Jacksonville to the Bahamas on February 13, 2014.
Oak Ridge Boys. Their second Rally-at-Sea Cruise takes place on the Celebrity Reflection, February 22-March 1, on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary from Miami. Included: a reunion by the bluegrass group Cherryholmes family.
Isley Brothers, The Commodores, Roberta Flack. The popular Soul Train Cruise is on the Eurodam, embarking Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 23 for a week in the Caribbean.
Kid Rock. Join the waiting list for what promises to be a rowdy four-day party at sea on Kid Rock's 5th Annual “Chillin’ the Most Cruise”, embarking for the Bahamas on March 3, 2014, onboard the Norwegian Pearl.
Paramore. Fans of the rock band can join Parahoy!, a four-day Bahamas cruise onboard the Norwegian Pearl, cruising round-trip from Miami to the Bahamas, March 7-11, 2014.
Roger Daltry. The Who front man joins The Moody Blues Cruise on the MSC Divina on a five-day Caribbean itinerary from Miami, April 2-7, 2014. The connection between Daltry and the iconic 1960s band? They played together at the famed Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.
New Kids on The Block. The boys and their fans will fill the Carnival Splendor, June 5-9, 2014, cruising round-trip from New York City to Bermuda. The cruise is sold out, but there is a waitlist.
The Temptations, Dion, Brenda Lee, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. Get nostalgic on the Malt Shop Memories Cruise November 2-9, 2014, onboard the Eurodam. Peter Noone from the Herman's Hermits will also be onboard.
Taj Mahal. There's a waitlist for The Blues Cruise in January, or wait for the next one of these popular sailings in October 2014 onboard the Norwegian Sun, cruising the Mexican Riviera.
Natalie Cole, David Sanborn. The 2014 cruise is sold out so book now for the seven-night Smooth Jazz Cruise in 2015, embarking Fort Lauderdale on January 11, 2015, onboard the Eurodam.
By Fran Golden - USA Today ("The Best Music Cruises At Sea”)
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