ShipRocked: KoRn Fights Seasickness but Fans Rage On

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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
Lit on Shiprocked's Monster Energy Deck Stage
After a long first night of partying and concerts, Shiprockers woke up in the southernmost part of the United States: Key West, Florida.


ShipRocked: Hard Rock Hijinks On a Big, Big Boat

For breakfast we had the choice of sitting down at one of the MSC Poescia's restaurants or going to the thirteenth level, where the buffet line was open 24 hours. It seemed the majority of people had built up an appetite for eggs, toast, sausage, cereals or fruit to begin their day in the Florida Keys.

Many rock stars were seen around the town doing some shopping or having a drink at a local pub. Being able to interact with famous musicians in that atmosphere made this trip that much more surreal.

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Wider view of the Monster Energy Deck Stage
Quickly, everyone headed back aboard to start the trip to the Bahamas. As the boat sailed away, Lit took the Monster Energy Deck Stage and put on a show that inspired many fans to begin their drunken debauchery immediately.

With lead singer A. Jay Popoff running around the stage with bottles of wine or Jagermeister in his hands, the band created the atmosphere for a good party. As they played some of their more famous radio hits from the late 90's like "My Own Worst Enemy" or "Miserable," the crowd's voices singing along were almost louder than the PA onstage.

Next was the cruise's first official meet-and-greet, located in the disco on deck 14 and featuring members of Five Finger Death Punch, Filter, 10 Years, In This Moment and The Letter Black. Fans began lining up along the outside deck a few hours before the announced 4 p.m. start, with the line winding around the smokestack and along the rails.

In This Moment during their brief meet-and-greet
The event was structured like a backstage meet-and-greet at a concert tour - almost a conveyer-belt system, if you will. Fans entered one side of the disco, where the bands had set up shop in different corners of the room, while a professional photographer was on hand so all the guests could take home a few momentos of their favorite rock stars.

The big disappointment of the day came when the band many fans seemed to really want a picture with, In This Moment, had to slip out of the meet-and-greet early. The band's manager said they had to meet with some media, which had affected their schedule for part of the day. All the other bands stayed and met everyone waiting in line, allowing many, that once in a lifetime photograph with the entire band.

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