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An Exciting New Twist Comes To Music Cruises


Live music fans who love to cruise can now rejoice. Carnival Cruise Lines has created a new entertainment series that will bring some of the hottest names in music to shipboard theaters. Best of all, these experiences come with a price tag that is well within the budget of the average cruise passenger.

Music cruises typically are expensive 3-7 night affairs, often costing more than some fans can afford. Although the big name musicians may stay onboard for several nights or the entire sailing, raising the overall cruise price substantially, guests typically only see them only at one show. Sometimes there may be an opportunity for a photo or Q&A session with the headliner, too.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ new Carnival LIVE Concert Series adds a new twist to the music cruise game, allowing guests to pay a low ticket price to see a live headliner show by a popular artist onboard their ship. Guests will still be able to cruise with other fans of their favorite popular music artists, but at a fraction of the price of a typical full ship charter music cruise. Passengers choosing to purchase a VIP package will also be able to interact and take pictures with the band as well.

Working in concert with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Carnival Cruise Lines has made plans for 49 performance dates on their cruise ships. Concerts are typically 75 minutes in length and are scheduled on a limited number of sailings on ships visiting Cozumel, Nassau or Catalina Island. The first of these sailings will take place in early April, 2014. Music artists will come onboard the ship prior to the show performance and then will leave the vessel shortly after the concert, before the ship departs.

All Carnival LIVE concerts will take place in the ship’s main show lounge during the evening while the vessel is docked in its port of call. Ships will stay in port until 1 AM on concert nights. Headliners booked for 2014 include:

* 38 Special
* Chicago
* Daughtry
* Foreigner
* Gavin DeGraw
* Jennifer Hudson
* Jewel
* Kansas
* Lady Antebellum
* LeAnn Rimes
* Martina McBride
* REO Speedwagon
* STYX
* Trace Adkins

Two types of tickets to these exclusive onboard concert performances will be available to Carnival guests. General admission tickets range from $20 to $40 per person depending upon the artist, while VIP packages are available for $100 to $150 depending on the artist. VIP packages include a Meet and Greet session including autographs and photo opportunities with the band before the show; special VIP seating in the first three rows of the ship’s main show lounge; and a Carnival LIVE lanyard.

Carnival LIVE Concert Series tickets are available for booking through the Carnival website’s Shore Excursions page or onboard the ship if tickets are still available at time of sailing. Guests must have already made their cruise booking onboard the ship in order to purchase their tickets. Only Carnival passengers sailing on the ship featuring the Carnival LIVE Concert Series performance may attend the show.

For detailed information on the Carnival LIVE Concert Series and a complete list of the events, including dates and ships, visit www.carnivallive.com/carnivallive.


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