Monster of Rock Cruise announces 2023 lineup and Port Canaveral as departing port

In addition to performances, MORC ‘23 will host interactive events between artists and cruisers, including Gong Show Karaoke, “So You Think You Can Shred,” Cooking with Rock Stars, a new cast of Painting With Rock Stars, Rock Stars vs Average Joe’s Basketball, Comedy Punchlines and themed nights, opportunities to dine with selected bands, and artist photo experiences. Mike Savoia/MORC

Tesla, Winger, Queensrÿche, Saxon, Extreme, Autograph are among the biggest names that will perform on the 11th voyage of the Monsters of Rock Cruise, organizers have announced. The five-day/five-night full-ship music charter will set sail April 29 through May 4, 2023 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and depart out of Port Canaveral.

More than 35 artists in total have been confirmed as performers for the trip’s two full days of music while the ship is at sea. The Mariner of the Seas also will stop at two ports – Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic and the private islands of Labadee in Haiti.

Cabins go on sale to the public beginning June 30 and start at $1,699 per person (double occupancy, not including mandatory taxes and fee supplement).

Rock historian and talk show host Eddie Trunk is the official cruise host for the trip and will be moderating question-and-answer sessions for the artists.

Other artists confirmed for the MORC include: Michael Schenker, Vandenberg, Burning Witches, Chez Kane, D-A-D, Dirty Looks, DORO, Faster Pussycat, Great White, Hardcore Superstar, Joel Hoekstra, Junkyard, KIX, Lee Aaron, Liliac, Loudness, Mac Sabbath, Nestor, Reckless Love, Rhino Bucket, Rose Tattoo, Shiraz Lane, Stryper, Ted Poley, Tora Tora, Treat, Tyketto, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Vain, and Wig Wam.

Music theme cruises have become a popular vacation option for cruise fans in recent years. Among the other well-known cruises are The 80s Cruise (sailing out of Los Angeles in 2023), the Kiss Kruise, the Ultimate Disco Cruise, and the ’70s Rock and Romance Cruise. Some non-music-themed cruises include Star Trek: The Cruise and the High Seas Rally, a cruise aimed at motorcycle fans.

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