What do younger people have against cruises? You can (sometimes) gamble, drink, eat all you want, and there is always tons of grim people watching to do. You don't have to drive anywhere, and if you want you can just hole yourself up in your cabin and not do a damned thing.
Rocks Off has detailed all the cruises in the rock and roll cruise industry. The garage-rock cruises, the moldy-oldie trips, the John Mayer, Kid Rock, Weezer, and Kiss ones. The ones where you can set sail with Styx and their ilk for a week at time, watching them perform "Mr. Roboto" as the sun sets in a tropical paradise. It all seems so exciting.
And it was only a matter of time before the metalheads would get their own cruise. The first annual Mayhem Festival Cruise -- an offshoot of the popular summer metal fest that hits Houston July 11 -- comes packed with performances from Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed and others.
Hell, even Korn's Jonathan Davis is coming aboard along the way to DJ as JDevil. Comedians, a burlesque show, and even industry panels are on the itinerary.
Recently The New York Times profiled this new wave of cruises aimed folks not quite of senior-citizen age, as that demographic dies off cruise lines are looking into ways to reel in the under-70 set. For the ailing music industry, it's an opportunity to make a little cash from fans, who will pay a premium to rub shoulders and wear noisy sandals with some of their heroes.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the mission of the Houston Press. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Houston’s stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Most of these cruises can run from $900 to $1,400, and as the NYT points out, that doesn't even include your on-board bar tab -- booze isn't cheap on a cruise liner -- and the flight you may have to take to get to the port to actually set sail. Luckily, if you live in Houston you are only a few minutes away from Galveston's cruise yard, but few of the fun niche cruises come out of Galveston.
The Mayhem ship leaves from Miami December 7 and only lasts three days.