by Chris A.
Sailing aboard a 70,000-ton cruise ship, carrying 40 heavy metal bands and 2,000 fans in the Caribbean isn’t your typical holiday; in fact, it’s an adventure of epic proportions. In a nutshell, the 70,000 Tons of Metal experience is a five-day floating barrage of nearly non-stop metal concerts It’s literally a music blitzkrieg, with bands plugging in and turning it up to 11 for nearly 16 hours each day.
The ship features three performance venues, the largest of which is the main deck of the ship. There are two additional venues on the below decks. The beautiful indoor venues are very comfortable and, without a doubt, the most elegant heavy metal venues on the planet. For five days, the great ship will sail from Miami to the exotic port of the Cayman Islands. Passengers will be staying up late and getting up early. It’s an exciting, action-packed voyage that only happens once a year. Here are five essential tips designed to help voyagers get the most out of the experience
1. Bring Your Camera: OK, you shouldn’t bring your professional SLR, but you can bring a point-and-shoot. For most voyagers, this will be the best opportunity of their lives to literally rub elbows with their heavy metal heroes. From the dining room to the casinos and to the concert venues, you can’t help but run into band members. In addition to taking photos with your new friends, there are many opportunities for memorable photography, including; Miami’s skyline from the port, sailing the Caribbean Sea, ship life, concerts, meet and greets and, of course, The Cayman Islands.
2. Pack Smart: Yes, on the Cayman Islands, temperatures will range from 75 and 80 degrees, but it’s January. When the sun dips below the horizon, it may get chilly, especially on the ship deck. A light jacket is a must, and consider at least one pair of long pants or sweatpants. Finally, make sure pack comfortable shoes. There’s a lot of walking aboard a cruise ship, and there will be a lot of standing. You want to be comfortable when head banging.
3. Bring Your Appetite: The food aboard the cruise ship is nothing short of dynamite. No matter what your tastes or your diet, you can find something to suit you. The dining areas are a very important social part of the cruise: Rock stars and fans share tables, hang out and make friends. The ship is stocked with fresh veggies, fruits, juice, seafood, meats, pizza, burgers, chicken, pasta and varied cuisines.
4. Do Some Homework: Metal heads will have a day to explore Grand Cayman Island, one of the jewels of the Caribbean. Before getting off the ship and wandering aimlessly around, sit down and take an hour to surf the Web to scout the island and find out what it has to offer. The island offers a variety of activities and sights to see, including local art, historical sites, sandy beaches and local cuisine. Having a plan will enable you to make the most of your time on the island. You’ll see more, save money and have a more enjoyable time.
5. Make International Friends: The inaugural 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise hosts fans from more than 40 countries, covering all five of the populated continents. After five days of fun, you will have created new relationships, made new friends and will be swapping Facebook contacts. The international flavor of the 70,000 Tons of Metal is perhaps the most unanticipated, yet appealing aspect of the cruise. You’re going to make friends with people from around the world. Even if you aren’t familiar with their native language, the universal language of music will be the foundation of many bonds.
The 2012, 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise departs on Jan. 22 from the Port of Miami. A few remaining cabin continue to be available. For more information about booking, the bands and the ship, visit www.70000tonsofmetal.com. For heavy metal fans, it doesn’t get any better than this.