ShipRocked: Hard Rock Hijinks On a Big, Big Boat

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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.

Photos by Kevin Ramer
ShipRocked welcomed music lovers from 49 states and 20 countries for four days and nights of music, on a ship loaded with the biggest and best hard rock groups around today.

This was ShipRocked's fourth voyage, and 2012 set the bar high for future cruises. The lineup of bands was huge, with headliners KoRn, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch joining P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, 10 Years, In This Moment, Fuel, Pop Evil, Lit, Helmet, Queensryche's Geoff Tate, Gilby Clarke and many others. They rocked the ship on from bow to stern on four different stages for four days and nights, an experience next to impossible to describe in only a few words.

On November 27, the MSC Poescia embarked from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale and traveled to Key West, then to Nassau, Bahamas, before returning to Florida on December 1. Celebrities hosting the event included MTV's Matt Pinfield, Sirius/XM Radio's Kayla Riley and Shannon Gunz, and Melissa Krahnke & Ralph Sutton from the Tour Bus Radio show. Many other big names in the music industry were also on the ship doing their best to mix relaxation with work, and everything in between.

Godsmack's acoustic set

At 6 p.m., the Poescia set sail from Ft. Lauderdale en route to Key West. The first concert of our voyage was by some ShipRocked newcomers, the Boston boys known as Godsmack. Anxious fans even got to watch the band members do their own sound check, a rare occurrence. (Few roadies at sea.)

Sevendust in the crowd watching Godsmack perform
An hour later, the weather was warm and very windy as the seated Godsmack began an energetic acoustic set on the Monster Energy Deck Stage, on the ship's thirteenth level. Singer Sully Erna told the crowd that this was his first cruise, and he was no fan of boats, but he seemed to be having a good time so far as the band belted out songs new and old. Both fans and other musicians mingled in the crowd watching Godsmack, as members of Sevendust, Lit and KoRn shook hands and took pictures.

Around 9:15 p.m., 10 Years took the stage for a very energetic show, with singer Jesse Hasek climbing on a set of speakers in an attempt to energize the crowd even more than it already was. The Monster Energy Deck Stage was the largest and definite favorite of all the stages, with loud and crisp sound whether fans were standing in the front row or lounging in one of the jacuzzis near the back.

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