ShipRocked: A Monstrous Final Day On the Ocean

A few weeks ago, Rocks Off's Kevin Ramer shoved off on the 2012 edition of ShipRocked, which bills itself as "the ultimate rock music cruise vacation." These are his reports.

The fourth and final full day of the ShipRocked cruise is a full day at sea. After partying late into the night on Thursday, Shiprockers woke up Friday morning with plenty of entertainment to keep everyone busy.


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After a hefty breakfast, passengers wanting to take a moment to relax the mind and body did so on the MSC Poescia's sports deck, where Ben Moody of The Halo Method and Evanescense hosted a yoga session for anyone who cared to join him. Later that morning, Pop Evil dared passengers to try and defeat them at mini-golf, while other fun onboard games included noodle-jousting in the pool, a beer pong tournament, and the nearly famous wet T-shirt flip-cup contest.

The day's first big event was an 11 a.m. meet-and-greet in the Disco, which allowed fans to rub elbows and take pictures with members of Godsmack, P.O.D., Lit, Helmet, plus Shiprockers Geoff Tate and Gilby Clarke. Godsmack's Sully Erna even joked around about his seasickness.

The first show of the day was Filter's rescheduled set, after the band had to cancel the previous evening's midnight concert due to high winds and rain. They came out on the Deck Stage with something to prove, beginning their set with "Welcome To The Fold."


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The audience seemed just as amped up to see the veteran rockers. Singer Richard Patrick got up close with the crowd during their hit "Hey Man, Nice Shot," coming down off the stage and directing fans to help him crowd-surf from the stage to the back of the deck near the people relaxing in the jacuzzis. They lifted him up and he sang with his cordless microphone as he surfed across the deck.

Patrick then ran up the stairs and sang with fans watching from the level above, quite the show to begin our full day on the ocean.

Following Filter's set, The Letter Black and Helmet performed back-to-back concerts on the Deck Stage, while down in the Zebra Lounge MTV's Matt Pinfield held a Q&A session with different ShipRocked band members, a big treat for fans with questions they had always wanted to know about their favorite stars.

Midway through the afternoon ShipRocked hosted its third and final meet-and-greet, again in the Disco, this time with KoRn, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Fuel and The Halo Method. The bands seemed to enjoy meeting all the fans, and these events made great opportunities for fans to see the entire bands together at one time without being on a stage performing.

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Kevin Ramer