Forget UK camping. For exotic summer vibes, it’s all about music festival ships around the Med and beach raves. We look at three of the best.


No purple rinses or card games on this cruise, thank you very much. Log on to this site to discover more about their epic music and arts festival cruise ‘where the legends of the seas come to life.’ The last trips went from Singapore to Phuket, and from Barcelona to Ibiza. Sign up to be first to know about the next. While on this party boat, guests have free use of the pool, Jacuzzis, fitness center, running track, basketball court, sun decks, casino, gaming room, spa and hair salon. Not to mention the many bars, nightclub and show theatre, which will be the real reason you book. This hashtag #livethejourney gives you a glimpse as to what to expect. ’If you’ve never been on a cruise before, get ready for an amazing vacation experience and an awesome way to travel the world,’ says founder Alessandra Maderni.

The Ark

How is your stamina doing? Ready for the hedonistic, psychedelic festival taking part on the world’s biggest cruise ship, The Festival of the Seas? Four thousand excited passengers will board The Ark for a four-day festival heading from Barcelona to Marseille and Ibiza back to Barcelona. It leaves on 31st August. The fifty artist lineup offers the best that electronic music has to offer from deep house to techno with Masters at Work, Martin Solveig and Roger Sanchez, confirmed to travel. In addition to legendary music, the foodies on board can discover a series of good pop-up restuarnts including De Oesterput which daily serves lobster menus and a Mexican restaurant Sabor. It’s being dubbed the words most epic electronic event on the sea. Subscribe for pre-sale info on the events.


Love a Pool party? Anchored by Unique Cruise takes it to another level. Think champagne spray parties, white leather day beds and hottest DJs, all aboard the comfort of a Royal Caribbean ship as it goes around Europe. Founded by experts in the party holiday industry, Unique Cruise combine the slickest elements of cruising along with all the essentials of music festivals and world class nightlife. Earlier this month, some of the worlds best DJs and musical acts partied for seven nights around the waters of Mykonos, Santorini, Cannes and Monte Carlo. ‘Unique Cruise is positioned as a fresh and innovative cruise looking to combine some of the very best of the nightlife you would normally find in Ibiza along with all the glamour of yachting and cruising.’ You can secure your booking for the 2018 cruise with a £200 deposit.

July 2017