Weezer, Kiss, ZZ Top, Backstreet Boys: Music Cruises are the New Music Festivals

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Who wants to run around in the heat from stage to stage just to watch a band? Now that fans are getting older, musicians are getting it right--trap fans in a boat and so everyone will have nothing better to do than watch your shows with the amenities of a casino, pool, and buffet tables. Weezer's doing it, the Backstreet Boys are doing it again, Bret Michael WAS doing it, Kiss has been doing it for years. Check out our list of the four best cruises you can go on this year after the jump. (Bret Michaels' Rock Your World Super Cruise was cancelled yesterday.)
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The Kiss Kruise

October 13 - 17, 2011

Kiss is sailing to the Bahamas aboard Carnival Destiny, and "on this outrageous ship, you'll get to party with fist pounding hard rock all night, and live like a rock star all day."

Passengers will see two shows with KISS, including an acoustic show and performances by other bands. The four-night cruise will feature a Halloween party, costume contests and other themed activities. There will also be a Q&A a with the band, and an opportunity to get your picture taken with Kiss. This cruise sails roundtrip from Miami. Rates start at $795 per person.

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Rock Legends Cruise
December 1, 2011

This four night "Rock Legends Cruise" heads to the Bahamas with ZZ Top, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws and about 14 more bands. Passengers sail from Fort Lauderdale to CocoCay and Nassau on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. ZZ Top will perform three nights and every person on board will receive a ticket to one show. All other bands will play two to three shows, festival style, in four different venues. Rates start at $1225, and proceeds from this Cruise For A Cause will benefit  Sioux Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota.

Backstreet Boys Cruise 2011
December 2 -5, 2011

The Backstreet Boys sold out their first cruise in 2010, so they're doing it again, sailing roundtrip from Miami and stopping in Nassau. There's a beach party where the Backstreet Boys and a DJ will perform. Rates start at $699 per person.

The Weezer Cruise
 January 19 - 23, 2012

While Rivers doesn't seem all that excited to be ON A BOAT with a bunch of his alt rock friends and superfans (watch the promo above),  you can kick off your 2012 by sailing on Carnival Destiny with Weezer, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and a bunch of other '90s alt bands. The cruise starts in Miami and heads to Cozumel. It's like a floating music festival where passengers have exclusive access to two Weezer shows, including an outdoor sail-away concert. You'll even get to take a picture with the band, and attend a question-and-answer session. Booking begins on July 21. (Pre-sale begins on July 18, Monday). Fares start at $799 per person.



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