Who wants to crawl back to a wet tent in the middle of the night and wake-up to the delight of cold showers and smelly toilets, when you can sail the great ocean waves and enjoy a four-day Festival mash-up on board a luxury cruise liner with guaranteed sunshine.

With the ticket prices of traditional festivals on the rise, only last month outraged fans hit out at the organisers of the popular Leeds and Reading festival after spending £205 plus a £16.50 booking fee on tickets - only to be disappointed by the announced line-up, and quickly branding it the 'worst ever' after it was revealed that US hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar was headlining.

So, it’s no wonder more and more festival-goers are opting for the former. There are cruise festivals to suit all music tastes, so here I give you the lowdown of the best ones on offer.

Back to the 80s cruise

Cruiseco has launched the largest ever retro music cruise aboard Navigator of the Seas, sailing from Southampton, and stopping en route at the picturesque ports of Bilbao, Vigo, and Lisbon. Onboard, music goers are set to enjoy the best jams from the 80's artists including Tony Hadley 'Through the Barricades', ABC 'The Look of Love', Sara Cox presents 'Just Can't Get Enough 80's', Kim Wilde 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' and many more! Guests can also enjoy ice-skating, mini-golf course, or simply just have a perfect zen time, either poolside or at the relaxing Vitality SM Spa.

This sounds just up our street, where can we buy our ticket?

  • 6 May 2018 - Navigator of the Seas - 7 nights
  • New lower prices
  • Prices from £649 per person
  • Back to the 80's experience Includes:
  • 7-night cruise aboard Navigator of the Seas Ports of call include: Bilbao, Vigo & Lisbon, all meals (excl. specialty restaurants), entertainment and gratuities
  • https://backtothe80scruise.co.uk/2018/

Bravo cruise

Is a cruise of Performing arts on an exclusive charter of luxury boat Celebrity Silhouette, sailing from Southampton to Cherbourg and calling at Vigo and Bilbao, where guests will enjoy an exclusive tour of the Guggenheim Museum and intimate and unforgettable performances from legends Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, Wynne Evans, Ruthie Henshall, and more.

  • 19 May - 7 Nights:
  • Book an Inside cabin and receive an outside cabin from £1099pp (Was £1299pp) (twin share)
  • Book an outside cabin and receive a balcony cabin from £1299pp (Was £1399pp) (twin share)
  • http://www.bravocruise.co.uk/2018/


The 5- day, the 4-night musical journey will feature some 30 DJs from around the world, alongside a world-class production with a steampunk twist.

Explore three different countries from the fascinating history of Barcelona to the electrifying island of Ibiza and the marine town of Sète also referred to as the Venice of Languedoc, France. Immerse yourself in Shipsomnia’s mythical adventure and let the sea set you free on this 5D/4N epic vacation filled with music, art, and activities that will create lifelong memories.

  • June 14 – 18, 2017:
  • Capacity: 2,500
  • Route: Roundtrip from Barcelona (Spain) – Ibiza (Spain) – Sète (France)
  • All Inclusive: Price includes accommodation, all onboard meals, concerts and activities
  • Prices from £480
  • http://www.shipsomnia.com/