If there's one thing that should be on your bucket list as a raver, it's a rave cruise. Sure there are bucket list festivals like EDC, Ultra, and Tomorrowland, but rave cruises bring a whole new vibe to raving that make the experience unique. Here are just a few of the rave cruises we think you NEED to check out as soon as possible. In fact, why not book your cabin now?
Holy Ship! Wrecked
- When: TBA
- Where: Mexico
- Lineup Overview: Dom Dolla, Chris Lake, John Summit, Zeds Dead
- Get Tickets here
Although the last few years of Holy Ship! (post-pandemic) have been on land – Holy Ship! Started circa 2012 as a cruise ship leaving from Port Canaveral, FL all the way down Great Stirrup Cay. The “Wrecked” brand happened when they decided to dock the ship in order to keep the party landlocked–pretty brilliant if you ask me! Escape the cold and find yourself sliding down one of the many water slides, shuffle on the shoreline, sumo wrestle your friends or a stranger, participate in DJ-led activities and just get lost in the music day in and day out in this 4-day all-inclusive music festival off the coast of beautiful Mexico. Keep an eye on their socials to see if they’ll take to the seas again in 2023!
- When: Jan 17-22
- Where: USA, Miami
- Lineup: Griz, Mija, Wax Motif, Eprom, Destructo
- Get tickets here
Curated by Destructo, who founded HARD events and the original Holy Ship! Excursions, the Friendship cruise sets sail from Miami typically the last week of February into March. Of course Destructo knows what he’s doing by now and Friendship’s lineup speaks for itself, boasting names like Wax Motif, TroyBoi, Chris Lorenzo, Griz, Eprom and many others spanning multiple EDM genres so you’ll always find something to dance to on this ship. 2023 was the return of Friendship Cruise since 2020 and they went ALL out with their activities both on and off the cruise, with a group of pro skaters who came to tear up the skate course they’d set up on the basketball court on the top deck of the ship as well as plenty of more interactive activities on the beaches of the Great Stirrup Cay. Although past years have been in the Bahamas, they’ll be switching up with a stop in Belize for 2024! Tickets are sold out for next year but you can join the waitlist here!
- When: Jan 24 - 28, 2024
- Where: USA, multiple locations: Miami, LA
- Lineup: Kaskade, Above & Beyond, KSHMR, Deadmau5
Groove cruise is one of the more well known EDM cruise franchises boasting 20 years of groovin’ the open seas this upcoming 2024 season! Groove Cruise has been known to set sail from various ports in the US including San Diego to Cabo San Lucas and Los Angeles to Mexico as well, with headliners like 3LAU, Fedde LeGrand, Cosmic Gate, Kaskade, Shiba San, Green Velvet as well as Hosted Stages! There’s no shortage of activities on this cruise either, some led by some of the artists as well as Go-Karting, Laser Tag, themed costume parties (I mean dozens upon dozens of these so make sure to check their website and socials to know what costumes to pack!) and water slides to cool off from all the running around! Aside from more than 75 artists taking over the turntables on one of their 9 stages, you can head over to one of the 40 bars and restaurants on board to make sure you’re properly nourished and if you need a little bit of a pick-me-up, there’s a Starbucks on board with all the Nitro Cold Brew you could dream of! This year’s cruise will leave from Miami, FLA and head down to the Great Stirrup Bay in The Bahamas! Tickets have not yet sold out so make sure to plan your stay ahead of time since it does require some proper planning!
- When: November 4-8, 2023
- Where: USA, Miami
Heading out on its maiden voyage this November, Insomniac finally decided to throw its hat into the ring of EDM Cruises – to the delight of many. This 21+ event will be nothing short of magical, which is to be expected upon arriving at any Insomniac event! With 4 nights of non-stop dancing, music, and getting lost in the moment as you race your friends down a water slide or compete against your favorite DJ in some tournament or activity! Remember that it’s a sprint and not a marathon, so make sure to take advantage of their health and fitness center, hot tubs, spa amenities or just take in the sun while listening to the sounds of the electric sea! Tickets are currently sold out but you can join the waitlist here!
It’s The Ship!
- When: March 8 - 10
- Where: Asia, Singapore
- Lineup: Ben Nicky, Adventure Club, Yellow Claw, OOKAY
If you’re wanting a change of scenery from Great Stirrup Cay, might we suggest perhaps one of Asia’s largest music festivals at sea? This 3-Day EDM Cruise Festival typically tends to sell out pretty fast, and with good reason! One look at their website or IG and you can just feel the energy and personality of this oceanic paradise, with not only some impressive lineups but an endless array of activities to partake in while on board. Whether you’re someone who enjoys a Spa day topped with shopping and a trip to the wine vault, or you’re someone who would rather rock climb, try the ropes course and sing your heart out at Karaoke before catching a DJ set – It’s The Ship! has it all, pretty much!
Have you ever been on a rave cruise? Which cruise ship calls to you the most? Don’t forget to shop our looks or accessories to find the perfect outfit for your trip and make sure to tag us using @iheartraves!