Proglodytes readers might remember that I had the amazing opportunity to go to Cruise to the Edge in 2017, thanks to the kindness of friends and family. Prog cruises are unique and amazing experiences- something akin to a religious pilgramage for progressive rock fans. For the first time ever, Cruise to the Edge and On the Blue will be back to back (CTTE from Feb 4-9 and On the Blue from Feb 10-15), and will share at least one artist, the irreplaceable prog legend Steve Hackett.
ON THE BLUE CRUISE
“On The Blue, one of the leading music cruise experience producers over the past 20 years, has just announced their inaugural ON THE BLUE CRUISE.
Hosted by Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, this 5-night Classic Rock Cruise, featuring an array of musical performances and events, will set sail out of Miami, FL aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas next February 10-15, 2019 and visit two ports: Nassau/Paradise Island, Bahamas and the Private Isle of Labadee.
This full ship charter cruise goes on sale to the pubic beginning Wednesday, March 14 at 1:00pm ET, with cabins prices starting at $1,099 per person (double occupancy). Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age. For booking and more info, visit OnTheBlueCruise.com and follow @OnTheBlueCruise on Facebook.
Musical host Justin Hayward is creating live performances for the cruise, featuring songs from his solo archives along with deep cuts from five decades of material from The Moody Blues. Attendees can expect some familiar faces from Hayward’s Moodies past to join him on stage, along with a variety of Classic Rock legends.
The line-up for ON THE BLUE CRUISE also includes: The Zombies, Dave Mason, Steve Hackett (of Genesis), Alan Parsons, The Orchestra featuring former members of ELO, Procol Harum, Al Stewart, Wishbone Ash, POCO,Vanilla Fudge, Colin Blunstone, Danny Seraphine (of Chicago), Rick Derringer, Randy Hansen, and The Young Dubliners, with more acts to be announced. The cruise will be hosted by journalists Sal Cirrincione and Jon Kirkman.”
CRUISE TO THE EDGE 2019
The first set of bands for Cruise to the Edge 2019 have been released and as usual it is a intriguing mix of former performers and new acts. Yes returns as the main headliner along with the incredible Steve Hackett. Mike Portnoy is set to return next year, but is listed as only Mike Portnoy with word as to what he will be performing or with who. Also appearing as a solo act is Portnoy’s former Dream Theater bandmate Jordan Rudess. Other returning acts include PFM, who make there return after being missed the last 2 trips, along with Frost, Airbag, and John Lodge. Among the acts making their debut on Cruise to the Edge are Riverside and Gazpacho.
The cruise will also mark the debut of Dave Kerzner’s new group, In Continuum. The group will feature Kerzner on keyboards and lead vocals along with lead vocalist Gabriel Agudo (Steve Rothery Band, Bad Dreams), lead vocalist Jon Davison (Yes), multi-instrumentalist Matt Dorsey of SOC, former SOC touring guitarists Randy McStine (The Fringe) and John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), drummers Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train) and Derek Cintron (Dave Kerzner Band), multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner Band) and more!
More bands are expected to be announced over the course of the year.
The cruise sails out of Tampa, FL, Feb 4-9, 2019.
For more information and to book a cabin visit cruisetotheedge.”