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Rock the Boat Music Festival

Rock the Boat Music Festival

Friends have recently returned from Rock the Boat 2019, “Australia’s biggest music festival at sea”. The music cruise event is held annually. If you’re a rock & roll fan then you won’t want to miss this extraordinarily UNIQUE experience.

Throughout this article I have included quotes from one of those friends, Darryl (DC), who was kind enough to share some of his Rock the Boat experiences with me.

DC: “When you have a ship full of star musicians and lovers of music it’s always going to be a recipe for the best week of your life!”

Whether you’re a seasoned cruisey, or just a “cruiseling”, Rock the Boat is going to set a precedent that you won’t want to change.

DC: “Who would’ve thought my first ever cruise would be so perfect?”

The Ship

Rock the Boat 2020 will be sailing from Brisbane to New Caledonia on the 24/11/2020 for 7 nights onboard Radiance of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean have taken cruising to a whole new level with a strong emphasis on the passenger leisure experience, creating memories that will last a lifetime whilst on board your floating home away from home.

The nine-storey central atrium, with lifts facing the sea and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, will provide an incredible view no matter where you are.


DC: “I found all the staff extremely respectful and helpful; your cabin steward will remember your name and make you feel not only important but at home away from home.”

The Entertainment

Did you know that Rock the Boat is a charter cruise? The entire ship has been chartered specifically for this music event. Therefore, the only folk that will be on this cruise will be people like you! Those who are interested in having a good time! It’ll be just like a rock music festival, only at sea!!

To give you a taste for what happens on Rock the Boat, here’s the Official After Cruise video for Rock the Boat 2018. I imagine this is just like the 2019 cruise!

Live music can be heard at a range of venues across the beautiful cruise liner Radiance of the Seas.

Music Themed Trivia, Air-Guitar Wars, Lip-Sync Battle & Artist Signings are just a taste of the activities you’ll share with like-minded travellers. It will be a party like no other that you’ll remember for years to come.


Take 2000+ passengers all with a similar love for music and you get a group of people who meet, mingle and party all with similar tastes in mind.

DC: “The experience brought out the teenager in all of us; the songs, the memories all flooded back the first time you heard that riff you air guitared to all those years ago.”

The Food

There are a number of dining venues on board ranging from casual eats to premium dining. Some are included in your cruise price, others will incur a surcharge.

The breakfast and lunch buffets at Windjammer are perfect for cruisers on the go. There’s also a casual dinner each night. You’ll even find a midnight snack after dancing the night away! Eat in or take it out to the Sun Deck, it’s completely up to you.

Or enjoy a more formal meal at Cascades Dining room. From the shrimp cocktail to the Baked Alaska, dining is an event on most cruise lines, and the Radiance is no exception.

DC: “Your choice of restaurants is vast, though you may find with following all the bands and possible consumption of fluids you will utilise “Windjammers” bistro as the easy choice.”

The Places

Not only do you get to watch and listen to your favourite rock performers you also get to have a holiday! Make sure you go ashore on port days. There’s the aquarium to see in Noumea as well as the markets. The hop-on-hop-off bus will take you there! You can also mingle with the locals as you learn more about the culture on the Isle of Pines!


You won’t want it to end! Maybe you can do it all again next year!

Here’s the official promo video for Rock the Boat 2020

7 nights will NOT be enough! The time passes so quickly, you’ll think you entered a time warp! With great memories, you’ll bid farewell to your companions – until next time!

As a Cruiseco member agency, Holidays Beckon can book your spot on Rock the Boat 2020. If you are interested in finding out more, before it’s too late, please don’t hesitate to contact Philip on 1300 241 705 or email

For more information click here for the brochure: or download the flyer here:

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