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Monsters of Rock Cruise Feb 24 - Mar 1 Mariner of the seas Charter Cruise

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Howdy folks!!

 

It is that time of year for our annual trek to Miami for the Monsters of Rock Cruise out of Miami Florida. In past years the event has been held on Brilliance and Navigator. This year it was originally sold as being on the Navigator again, BUT shortly after booking opened it was changed to the newly refurbished Mariner Of The Seas!!

 

This year, like in years past, the cruise will be a 5 day action pack event featuring over 40 bands and solo acts from the heyday of hard rockin' 1980's

 

Itinerary is

Day -2  Pre-cruise party at magic City Casino, Miami, Fl.... Bands to be announced

Day -1 Pre-cruise party at magic City Casino, Miami, Fl.... Bands to be announced<<<<<<<we are arriving this day!!

DAy1 Miami, Fl

Day 2  Day at Sea

Day 3 Ocho Rios Jamaica 8am - 5pm

Day 4 Private Isla of Labadee 10am - 6pm  -  band to be announced

Day 5 Day at Sea

 

 

acts onboard the ship!!

Tesla

Tom Keifer of Cinderella

EXTREME

Queensryche

Saxon

Skid Row

U.D.O

Y&T

VIXEN

KIX

KINGS X

RICKIE KOTZEN

DANGER DANGER

NELSON

D-A-D

THE QUIREBOYS

FASTER PUSSYCAT

PAT TRAVERS BAND

PINK CREAM 69

THE WILDHEARTS

ECLIPSE

SOTO

ROSE TATTOO

JOHN CORABI

VAIN

BULLETBOYS

BLCK N BLUE

KIP WIND=GER

Tora Tora

killer dwarfs

Brighton Rocks

tuff

MIKE TRAMP of white Lion

FEMME FETALE

LIES, DECIET, & TREACHERY

JETBOY

MITCH MALLOY

MICHAEL GRANT AND THE ASSASSINS

MATCH 22 GUS G

JOEL HOKSTRA - TSO

NEIL ZAZA

TONY MACALPINE

HOSTED BY EDDIE TRUNK LUC CARL, NIKKI BLACK, DON JAMIESON, & JIM FLORENTINE

 

This will be a live/not-so-live blog about this crazy vacation crammed in to 5 days.

 

More to come...

 

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Oooh..this will be an interesting blog/report to follow.  I went on one music charter and I wish I had taken the time to do a blog or a review just to note all the differences from a typical cruise.  It's really different experience but familiar, if that makes sense.  I absolutely loved it and would prefer that all music festivals I attended were at sea!

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33 minutes ago, AshleyDillo said:

Oooh..this will be an interesting blog/report to follow.  I went on one music charter and I wish I had taken the time to do a blog or a review just to note all the differences from a typical cruise.  It's really different experience but familiar, if that makes sense.  I absolutely loved it and would prefer that all music festivals I attended were at sea!

Agreed!!...It is quiet a different experience.

NO Bingo, NO 70's party, NO Cruise Director, NO shopping guide person, NO Captains Formal night, NO ice skating (They cover the ice and make it a concert venue :()

There is NO dress code in the MDR, NO $10 sale on the promenade, minimal photographs running around.

NO motor scooters or wheelchairs

The concerts and experiences start roughly 10 an and run until 2am.

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@MotleyCruiser are the specialty restaurants open during these cruises? I will be on the “on the blues” cruise leaving Feb. 10th. I have never done one of these cruises, but my husband is in the music industry and one of the sponsors. The promoter is letting me tag along. I know it’s the same promoter as your cruise.

Do they offer the soda and drink packages? Do you normally get a cruise compass confirmation? We haven’t gotten anything yet, but they said artists and sponsor don’t usually get them until ten days before.

Thanks for your help,

 

 

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@Jody Lewis....Yes, same company and this will be my 7th MORC. You will have a blast. RCCL DOES offer the soda package ($12 a day pp) but TYPICALLY NOT the traditional Ultimate Drink Pkg. OTB sometimes sets up a Drink Voucher system that lately has NOT been a bargain. The cruise websites are rarely updated with any of that information. You are better off looking at that Facebook page for updates.

Make sure to bring two bottles of wine with you though...they do allow that.

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I knew quite a few of these bands!!!  I really wanted to do the pop band 80s cruise a few years ago.  Maybe someday!  Can't wait to read your blog... Will be  fun to hear the differences.  Jane

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QUICK NOTE ON MY OVER PLANNING TENDANCIES

Flights: We are booked the day before to arrive in Miami around noon.  We will be renting a car and staying at The Regency Hotel near the airport for a few reasons. 1. We have stayed here before and it is a great hotel, 2. We have many friends staying here as well, 3. There is going to be a huge pool/cocktail party with other fellow cruisers during the afternoon. 4. It is in close proximity to The Magic City Casino.... where there will be an official MORC function....a pre- cruise concert featuring a few of the acts listed above. (In fact, they do this for two night BUT we needed to save a day of PTO and the Mother-in-Law watching baby Zander back in San Antonio...The MIL will be joining baby Z and us on an NCL cruise TomAndDanCruise.com the following week out of Port Canaveral)

 

cost breakdown:

Cruise GOLD VIP 2 bedroom Suite -  cabin 9694  - AFT Balcony $3,570.00  ....our portion divided 8 ways!  I will get double C&A PTS for this bring me just shy of Diamond!!!

Group rate at the Regency $159.00 one night

1 day Budget Car rental $64.88 

Pick- up at Airport drop off downtown Miami shuttle or LYTF to port after luggage and wife drop

 

 

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A little more background information on the MORC!

There are different levels of accommodations on the Monster of Rock Cruise. You have your the standard, let's call it General Admission, cabin. This get you your cabin, access to all music shows, food, and the ports of call (Ocho Rios and Labadie) for 5 nights. 

My wife attended her fist MORC in this capacity (I took a new job and had to back out) She loved it so much BUT insisted the that we do VIP.  VIP comes in two levels Silver and Gold!  we opted for Silver in 2014 -2017. For 2 I think it ran $2,300ish EACH and was a Jr Suite no roommates.

▶ SILVER VIP – Spacious Balconies, Junior Suites and Ocean View Panoramic Suites (click to open for details)

We did the Silver

Monsters of Rock Cruise SILVER VIP Amenities include:

  • Spacious Balcony, Junior Suite or Ocean View Panoramic Suite (based on type of cabin booked)
  • 2nd Priority VIP Entry to the main theatre and other select venues<<<front and center, baby!!
  • 2nd Priority VIP Entry to all Photo Experiences <<<ALL BANDS
  • VIP Cocktail Hour and Mingle<<<IF YOU CAN FIND IT...LOL
  • Monsters of Rock Cruise VIP Gifts<<<<TYPICALL A TOTE AND A PLAQUE
  • Monsters of Rock Cruise VIP Credentials<<<Backstage looking pass on a basic lanyard

 

Monsters of Rock Cruise SILVER VIP Amenities include:

  • Spacious Balcony, Junior Suite or Ocean View Panoramic Suite (based on type of cabin booked)
  • 2nd Priority VIP Entry to the main theatre and other select venues
  • 2nd Priority VIP Entry to all Photo Experiences
  • VIP Cocktail Hour and Mingle
  • Monsters of Rock Cruise VIP Gifts
  • Monsters of Rock Cruise VIP Credentials

▶ VIP GOLD – Grand Suites, Grand Suites – 2 Bedrooms, Owner’s Suites and Royal Suite (click to open for details)

This year we have a Grand Suite (FORMALLY THE ROYAL FAMILY SUITE) Deck 9 cabin 9496

Monsters of Rock Cruise GOLD VIP Amenities include:

  • Grand Suite, Two Bedroom Grand Suite, Owner’s Suite or Royal Suite (based on type of cabin booked)
  • 1st Priority VIP Entry to the main theatre and other select venues
  • 1st Priority VIP Entry to all Photo Experiences
  • VIP Cocktail Hour and Mingle
  • Monsters of Rock Cruise VIP Gifts
  • Monsters of Rock Cruise VIP Credentials

Sorry for being lame and doing the Copy & Paste thing.

OK, with us having such a large suite we took on some friends and one or two strangers to fill the cabin and get the best deal. There will be EIGHT of us in this cabin (Last year we had 4 in this same category...it was great). Of course, I have some reservations about this but who cares. I will drink a lot and not be around much...PLUS since we initiated the "getting the suite" so we'll be taking the "Master" bedroom are, which is kinda open to the common area...but we're in our early 50 and won't be going too crazy anyway. #FamousLastWords

The cabin is a two bed two bath.  One bathroom is like the basic baths in traditional cabin, Bank Tube shower sink and the sh!#$er and the other is what you expect to see in a suite...marble, full tub... but both have the upgrade amenities... shampoo etc.  Huge balcony...I would guess 10 foot by 20 foot? the second bedroom is small and sleeps 4 two on the split Royal King and two pull down bunks...Like I mentioned earlier we are ALL in our early 50's and CPAP crazmo.  I'd hate to have to be on a top bunk. #GettingOld   Common living area has a larger flat screen TVs (WASHY WASHY CHANNEL)(as does the master) and large built in storage are chairs and a sofa. definitely NOT seating for 8.

More later

11 days and counting!!

 

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16 minutes ago, MotleyCruiser said:

will no longer be on board ....whoever they are...lol

Here ya go: The Wildhearts are an English rock group, formed in 1989 in Newcastle upon Tyne. The band's sound is a mixture of hard rock and melodic pop music, often described in the music press as combining influences as diverse as The Beatles and 1980s-era Metallica. Wikipedia

Definitely a heavy metal band, just Google and listen......not for me. :27_sunglasses:

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Morning folks!!!

5 days and counting until we take off non-stop from san Antonio Texas to Miami Fl!!!

Last night we receive THEE email everyone has been waiting for!!!  Special Drink Packages and the SCHEDULE for our 5 days of debauchery.

 

I'll start with the supposed drink package. $319.00 for 25 vouchers for any beer, wine or cocktail under $13.00 A HORRIBEL DEAL AT $12.80 A DRINK.  NO BUENO. So, not drink package for us.  RCCL is not offering the Unlimited Pack that traditional cruises offer...THEY'D LOSE THEIR SHORTS!!

 

Next, the schedule.  I am going to try to to attach it here. Not sure if I can, but I have highlighted the shows I am going to try to go see.  Looks like 56 events I am shooting for.

 

More to follow

https://monstersofrockcruise.com/welcome-aboard/

2019-MORC-Schedule_(002).pdf

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37 minutes ago, Jody Lewis said:

@MotleyCruiser  We got the Mariner warmed up for you last week. Royal did have the regular drink packages available for the On the Blue  cruise. So many day drinkers. It was hilarious to watch.

Hope you have the best time!

The MOR crowd is a little more seasoned with drinking. I'd be easily good for 10 drinks a day starting at 10AM.

 

The MSC Divina messed up my drink tickets sooo bad in 2014. They gave us 288 tickets instead of 72. Needless to say everybody drank well!

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@MotleyCruiser We had production crew laminates for OTB and the crew guys were talking about how much the MOR crowd drinks. They did say they love working that cruise. It’s crazy to see how hard those folks work. They were looking forward to a week break between cruises.

I know you have a lot of shows scheduled, but if you get a chance to see The Mariner Jazz Collective do it. They were only listed on the daily cruise compass and seemed to play mainly in Boleros. They are so good and have only been played together for a couple months. Everyone who walked by stopped...they had a huge crowed of artists listening to them.

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