When one thinks of a rock concert perhaps the open seas are not the first thing that come to mind – But music has long transported the listener and so why not create a floating rock festival for a cause? That is just what is scheduled for January 10, 2013 when Royal Caribbean’s International’s spectacular, Liberty of the Seas, departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
With performances from Rock Legends the likes of Foreigner, Paul Rodgers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Kansas, Bachman & Turner, 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Kentucky HeadHunters, Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Pat Travers Band, Melvin Seals & JGB, The Artimus Pyle Band, Black Oak Arkansas, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, SwampDaWamp, Whiskey Myers, Fired Guns, Mike Zito, Citizens Band Radio, , the ship is more than equipped to host multiple performances in various venues including The Deck, The Platinum Theater and Studio B/Ice Rink. The goal? To offer each and Rock Legends Cruise passenger the opportunity over the course of their adventure to experience the bands they have come to love in a setting like no other.
But this is just not a Rock & Roll Cruise as it has another equally intriguing aspect and in a recent interview with Pam Myers, Vice President of Native American Heritage Association (NAHA) and founder/visionary of the Rock Legends Cruise, she explained that.
“The idea came to me after returning home from a vacation which happened to take place aboard a rock music theme cruise. It dawned on me that this would be a terrific vehicle to raise money for NAHA. Plus, being a rock music fan, I figured it would be great fun to put together. Sure I could have done a one-day music concert or a big fancy dinner, but I wanted to create something really big. We have the best charity (Charity Navigator gives it the maximum 4-Star rating) and we wanted to create an event with the best talent, the biggest ship and the most generous, kindest passengers possible – we wanted it to be over the top. It has been an amazing experience. In addition to the difference that we are making in the lives of so many on the reservations we help support in South Dakota, we now have a fantastic group of passengers that are amazingly dedicated to NAHA. They have gone above-and-beyond to spread the word of our fundraiser. They have donated auction items, donated money, handed out flyers and notices at every event they attend and generally done everything they can to share the story of the impoverished Sioux nation. Their support has been heart-warming remarkable and was the best “surprise” out of all of this. I had no idea when I started this that we would end up with an extended family consisting of Rock Legends cruisers. I feel blessed to have started this amazing event that has taken on a life of its own and hope to be able to continue it for many years to come.”
The next step? Reach out to experts in the industry and Ms. Myers did just that enlisting the help of Karyn Altman, Vice President of Business Development at Landry & Kling Events at Sea who went to work straight away as she felt that the
“The opportunity to help Pam manifest her vision, now for the second time, was a tremendous honor. I was immediately captivated by Pam’s dream of creating the largest ‘rock festival at sea’ to benefit NAHA. Her enthusiasm and exuberance was positively contagious! Special Interest cruises create strong bonds. It’s an enormous undertaking, but totally gratifying – especially seeing the thrilled faces of the fans and knowing that the proceeds are making a difference in the lives of so many Native Americans.”
All aboard, as the rest and the best is yet to come!
The Ship: The Liberty of the Seas from Royal Caribbean is one of the biggest, fastest and most luxurious passenger vessels in service today, served by a crew of 1300 on 18 decks. With a gross tonnage of 160,000, it can truly be said that the rock-themed benefit voyage will be a “heavy” experience for both bands and fans. The ship, almost as long as four football fields, cruises at 21.6 knots and is scheduled for a port stop at Labadee, a private area operated by Royal Caribbean.