I don’t even know how to start this post because I am still so super stoked that I was aboard ShipRocked 2015! And YES, I already put down my deposit for next year – SHIPROCKED 2016!
OK, so you know how much I love concerts? I just can’t get enough. I’d go every weekend if I could…well, every weekend that I wasn’t running a half marathon but really, I can do both! I love everything about concerts – everything. I love how when I am at a concert, everyone around me shares the passion for the same kind of music. There’s nowhere else that I can have 10 different conversations in one hour about all my favorite musicians and bands with someone that is just as excited. Swapping concert stories, suggesting new bands to listen to, it’s just so….so ahhh! The way the music sounds and feels live is just too amazing to be satisfied by listening to cds or online or whatever. So for me, I am excited from the moment I purchase my tickets until I walk out of the theater already anticipating my next show.
So, can you just imagine that my head just about exploded when I found out about ShipRocked? I was like…WHAT?! A cruise…a 5 day cruise…to a private island in the Bahamas…AND the entertainment being like 30 different performers each playing multiple times throughout the week!!! I am not even kidding you! Because of the 2014 list of performers, we went ahead and booked our tickets before even knowing who’d be sailing this year. Actually, my husband did this for my birthday present Sept 2014. HE IS THE BEST HUSBAND IN THE UNIVERSE!
Here’s the ShipRocked 2015 line-up
Some of the performance highlights for me (or ones I got pics of anyhow!) were:
Sevendust (their acoustical set!!)
haha my concert pic didn’t turn out so here’s me rocking my P.O.D. shirt 🙂
I didn’t get any good shots during their shows on the ship but here they are in Vegas in 2012
So, it’s totally cool. On days when we were docked they had performances and meet-and-greets on the island during the day. So yay, we’re just chillin’ either in the water, on the lounge chairs, on rafts, up at the bar, WHATEVER while rocking music was being played. Then, starting in the early evening, we’d bring it back onboard and throughout the night performances were happening in different venues on the ship. We were never lacking for a great show and the way they staggered their multiple shows, you really didn’t have to miss any of the bands at all.
The main stage was great because it was on the top full deck and I love me some outdoor venue so I loved it up there! There was room for viewing all over the place. And what a wonderful atmosphere! This stage was also right next to the buffet so that was pretty cool. Run in and out whenever the hunger hit! Hard Rocking CAN bring on an appetite! Also bar service was outstanding! Never did I have to leave the spot I was standing if I didn’t want to. The other stages were super cool too because they were smaller more intimate bars/cafes. Just such comfortable viewing from everywhere. Watching from the level above was also a great option.
The artists! So cool to just be eating dinner next to a table full of artists. See them walking around. Talking to you in the crowd while they are watching the other shows. Walking around the beach chillin’ with the rest of us. Everyone was so cool and laid back.
It’s funny because I am not such a fan of cruises usually. I mean, I like them but I’d rather visit a destination. But when you are on a gorgeous ship surrounded by people that share the same exact passion as you, while being entertained by your favorite bands- what could be better?
And it was easy to keep up with training while on board. Of course, living in SoCal, you know I don’t usually have a use for treadmills but with the view I was provided on board (we were waiting to set sail) – the treadmill rocked!
It was also pretty cool running the deck track. The weather was perfect everyday for everything!
I felt it my obligation to run while on vacation since we didn’t join our Ragnar team this year running from Miami to Key West BUT we did meet up with them for a few days post-cruise/post-race in Key West after we hit up Key Largo.
Needless to say that this Runnin’ Rocker was in complete heaven!
This year I was a “Newb” next year, I’ll be proud to wear the “Survivor” badge! Rock on my friends!