S.S. Coachella: Top Five Moments of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll on Board
Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly The S.S. Coachella was held on the Celebrity Silhouette
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Goldenvoice's week-long music festival cruise to the Bahamas and Jamaica titled the S.S. Coachella anchored back in the Port Everglades of Fort Lauderdale Florida yesterday. It was only natural that the Coachella brand would jump ship on the cruise festival trend such as Mayhem Festival, Groove Cruise and Holy Ship and bring the festival experience to the high seas. Just like our OC and LA natives have been making the pilgrimage every year to the Indio desert for a weekend of scorching heat, outrageous partying and music madness since it's launch in 1999, plenty took part in the first ever S.S. Coachella. Sure, we wrote about how the line-up was a sinker a couple of months back, but we still couldn't help having FOMO (fear of missing out) if we didn't join on the inaugural cruise to the Caribbean.
Though it may have looked like hipster hell, it actually was one of the wildest times I've had this year since I lost my playa virginity at Burning Man. In a way the S.S. Coachella was like the Burn with an infinite array of possibilities - the only difference was this adventure took place on one of the most luxurious cruise ships and shared more of the eclectic music tastes of the Coachella crowd (and it's values). The Celebrity Silhouette is a 122,000 ton ship with everything from premiere suites, pools, basketball courts and grass on the top deck (yes both kinds of grass). Throw in some bands, DJs and you have a recipe for a lot of debauchery. We broke down the five highlights from our S.S. Coachella escapade while still nursing a massive hangover and attempting to get over the sea legs.
Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly Pulp at the Silhouette Theater
5. The Walk of Shame, Or Lack There Of
After a night of firsts like seeing Yeasayer and Pulp rock it out in the Silhouette Theater as the giant neon "PULP" sign swayed back and forth and we got used to being on a huge cruise ship. Or taking illicit substances and watching Grimes memorize the crowd as Claire Boucher's voice resonated from the Sky Lounge and her dancers moved with the fluorescent lights. The least embarrassing thing we did was walk back to our cabin at 8 a.m. after crazy partying in the Quasar night club getting down to DJ Jimbo Jenkins' jams and hopping in the hot tub on the Presidential Suite deck with complete strangers. In fact our butler greeted us with a smile and complete breakfast room service. We'd like to think it was the best walk of shame ever which you could only achieve on a cruise of this caliber and sure beats waking up to the sweltering heat in the Coachella camp grounds wondering who's tent you are in.
Shannon Nehls / OC Weekly Sushi Pops at the Qsine
4. Fine Dining at a Music Festival
The Celebrity Silhouette boasts five casual dining restaurants and cafe's which serve everything from coffee, breakfast, salads, sandwiches, paninis and fresh baked pastries free of charge. They also have five fine dining specialty restaurants which have Italian Steakhouses to French Cuisines. After the "Desert Crew" panel which featured some key players in the festival like Skip Page, the concert promotion's vice president to Bill Fold the festival director and producer talking behind the scenes, festival memories and challenges we got to dine with some of the Goldenvoice crew and friends at the Qsine. Indulging in the dishes from around the world artfully presented with the perfect drinks to match was so delightful we even forgot we were missing Sleigh Bells (Fold their manager must of not been too happy). Much better than the greasy pizza slice one gets in Indio, the fine dining restaurants added to the experience of being on a luxurious cruise ship instead of the desert.