Concert cruises with Backstreet Boys, Kiss, more
Maybe you'd like to hit the open seas with your favorite band. Concert cruises continue to be popular, offering an array of genres and destinations.
Dave Koz & Friends at Sea (Sept. 22-29): It's all about the smooth jazz as you cruise the Mediterranean aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas with stops in Sicily, Greece and Italy. Also on stage are Michael McDonald and The E Family, featuring Sheila E., Pete Escovedo and Juan Escovedo, among many others. Or, hit up the 2014 version (Sept. 5-12) and sail the seas near British Columbia and Alaska. (davekozcruise.com)
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man Cruise VI (Oct. 20-24): Southern rock till you drop with 18-some bands, including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and The Georgia Satellites. Cruise on the Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, and Key West. (simplemancruise.com)
Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea (Oct. 24-28): Headliner Alabama is joined by Randy Travis, Diamond Rio and several other acts aboard the Norwegian Pearl, which departs from Miami and hits Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. (alabamafestivalatsea.com)
Backstreet Boys (Oct. 25-28): To celebrate their 20th anniversary the B'street Boys are hitting the high seas. It's sold out, but ticket holders will climb aboard the Carvinal Imagination in Miami and then tour the Bahamas. (backstreetboyscruise.com)
The Kiss Kruise III (Oct. 28-Nov.1): Sailing on the Norwegian Pearl from Miami, stops include Key West and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. In addition to the headliners, acts include Night Ranger and all-female Kiss tribute band Priss. (thekisskruise.com)
Matchbox Twenty Cruise (Dec. 6-9): Guests sailing from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Imagination can, in addition to hearing concerts by the band, attend Q&A and photo sessions. (matchboxtwentycruise.com)
Holy Ship!!! (Jan. 9-12): The cruise is for dancers, though with Pharrell Williams as the "special guest," it's also sold out. More than 50 acts -- including Skrillex and Chromeo -- will perform, many of them doing two sets, on this MSC Divina cruise that sails from Miami to the Bahamas. (holyship.com)
Country Cruising (Jan. 12-19, 2014): Leaving from Miami, with stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico, this Norwegian Pearl cruise offers more than 25 country acts including Wynonna Judd (pictured), Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry. (countrycruising.com)
The Weezer Cruise (Feb. 13-17, 2014): Alt rock and the Bahamas? That's right, with Weezer, Cat Power and at least a dozen other bands. Board the Carnival Fascination in Jacksonville, Fla., and get access to such events as an island beach show and, theweezercruise.com says, an "interactive Weezer game show."
Jam Cruise 12 (Jan. 4-9, 2014): More than 45 acts, including Bootsy Collins (pictured), Les Claypool's Duo de Twang and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, keep the MSC Divina ship movin' from Miami to Jamaica and the Bahamas. (jamcruise.com)
Kid Rock's Chillin' the Most (March 3-7, 2014): In its fifth year, this cruise sails on the Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Key West and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Besides the headliner, the lineup is still to be determined, though the cruise's website promises, "rockin' activities and special events with your favorite artists." (kidrockcruise.com)