Musical cruises seem to be the next big thing in concert festivals, especially in North America. 70,000 Tons Of Metal was a bit of a trailblaizer when it started a few years ago, and apparently has seen a fair amount of success. Now we have two cruise fests in December that take metal fans from Miami to the Bahamas, Barge to Hell and Mayhem Festival Cruise! Neat!

The first of the two cruises, Barge to Hell, takes place December 3rd – 7th. Barge to Hell was put together by the same people who made 70,000 Tons of Metal happen, and will feature melodic death metal legends At The Gates along with other greats like Hypocrisy, Soilwork, Enslaved, Moonspell, Sepultura and many more, with 19 more bands yet to even be announced! This cruise is nuts, so if you’re more into the more traditionally heavier stuff, this is the one to keep in mind for holiday vacation. Tickets are on sale now!

The latest cruise (and likely the more accessible) is Mayhem Festival Cruise. Picking up where Barge to Hell literally took off, it takes place from December 7th to the 10th. Their main headlining stage doesn’t get me too excited (Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, and Kingdom of Sorrow), but Gojira, Born of Osiris, and Periphery hitting up the second stage does sound exciting! You can check out further details at the official website. Tickets are on sale May 3rd.

So if you’ve been wanting to plan a sweet holiday vacation and don’t know where to start, you likely can’t go wrong with a metal cruise. I mean, I’d love to say I saw either At the Gates or Gojira while on a cruise ship in the Bahamas (?!), but if you can swing the price, it’s bound to be a killer opportunity.

– JR

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