ShipRocked celebrated its 10th year January 26-31 with a sold out ship of over 3,200 guests onboard Carnival Valor departing from Galveston, Texas, with stops in Cozumel and Progreso in Mexico’s Yucatán.
On the first day of the cruise, ShipRocked’s 2020 itinerary was revealed, prompting guests to make plans for the February 1-6, 2020 trip from New Orleans, Louisiana to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico onboard Carnival Valor. Look for ShipRocked 2020 details in the coming months at www.ShipRocked.com.
During this year’s 5-day ultimate rock music cruise vacation, ShipRocked guests enjoyed performances from and meet and greets with over 20 artists, including Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, I Prevail, Nothing More, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, Motionless In White, 7 year ShipRocked veterans Sevendust, comedian Brian Posehn, all-star band The Stowaways, and others. ShipRocked’s own all-star band The Stowaways, presented by Keep The Beat Alive, dedicated one night’s performance to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, and also honored fallen Stowawaysperformer Oli Herbert (All That Remains). The 2019 Stowaways featured Joey Belladonna and Frank Bello of thrash legends Anthrax, Brian “Head” Welch (Korn), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, David Ellefson (Megadeth), John Tempesta (The Cult), Wuv and Traa from P.O.D., John Deservio (Black Label Society), and many more. ShipRocked’s guest hosts were Kayla Riley and Ralph Sutton.
“SRX was our biggest and best sailing yet. I am tremendously proud of how ShipRocked has grown and evolved over the last 10 years. It continues to offer a uniquely intimate fan experience that just can’t be duplicated at concerts or festivals, and a camaraderie amongst our incredible community of guests who have become a year-round family,” says ShipRocked creator and producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment. “The cliché ‘we’re all in the same boat’ couldn’t be more true. A few thousand rock and roll misfits on vacation in our ‘safe space’ together for 5 days and nights celebrating the music and each other. We can’t wait to see what the next decade brings for our Home away from home.”
Fan favourite Wilson got the ShipRocked party started with a sailaway deck stage performance on day one and closed the cruise with a packed late night Atrium show on the Valor.
Known for its unique performances and musical collaborations, ShipRocked featured special performances from Altitudes & Attitude (with David Ellefson and Frank Bello), as well as Joey Belladonna, Doug Carter & Tyson Leslie doing an intimate piano/vocal set of Journey classics. Collaborations during the trip included Chad Gray of Hellyeah taking the stage with Brian “Head” Welch and The Stowaways for an emotional performance of Korn’s “Blind,” marking Chad’s first full song performance on stage since the passing of Vinnie Paul; Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) with Nothing More; Mikey Carvajal (Islander) with Papa Roach; members of Wilson and Islander with Hyro The Hero; Hyro The Hero with Nonpoint and Wilson; among others. Papa Roach graciously hosted two marriage proposals on stage during their deck stage sets.
Brian “Head” Welch of Korn hosted a packed Q&A and screening of his emotional documentary, Loud Krazy Love, which documents his relationship with his daughter Jennea and his struggles with addiction, beginning with early days in Korn. During the Q&A segment, an emotional Jacoby Shaddix shared a personal story about how much he related to the film and how Welch helped him through difficult times in his past.
Additional artist hosted activities included the Artist Q&A with Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), Brian “Head” Welch (Korn), Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Chris Motionless (Motionless In White), and Jesse Hasek (10 Years); The Feud (Papa Roach vs. I Prevail); Beach Wars with Nonpoint; Deck Wars with Wilson; Beer Pong with Badflower; Love & Marriage (with Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust and his wife Ashley); Playa Mia Beach Excursion (with Wilson & Blacktop Mojo in Cozumel); and Blindfold Musical Chairs (with Them Evils).
Get a taste of the ShipRocked experience through the Aftermovie Teaser Trailer (http://bit.ly/2taAk8K).
Also, check out the video for a metal version of “Thriller” from Leo Moracchioli (Frog Leap Studios) featuring C.J Pierce (Drowning Pool) and a posse of ShipRocker zombie dancers, filmed during ShipRocked 2019.
For the 9th year, ShipRocked supported Cancer Sucks (www.CancerSucks.com), a grassroots, volunteer-based organization funding cancer treatment and research facilities throughout the United States. This year’s onboard auction raised over $80,000. Featured items included tickets and meet and greet with Atreyu, signed guitars from performing artists, and a super Papa Roach package which included Jacoby Shaddix’s stage worn pants and t-shirt, two tickets to a show, meet and greet with the band, and dinner with drummer Tony Palermo, who graciously donated his time when he heard about the auction onboard.
Produced by ASK4 Entertainment, ShipRocked is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides guests with the opportunity to vacation with their favorite bands, meet new friends, and reunite with old ones year after year. In addition to unique performances and musical collaborations, ShipRocked onboard and beach activities include photo meet and greets with band members, artist hosted events and activities, crazy theme nights, after hours parties and more.
ShipRocked guests enjoyed luxury accommodations onboard the Carnival Valor throughout the vacation, choosing from multiple gourmet dining options, including Guy Fieri’s Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Mongolian Wok, Ol’ Fashioned BBQ, and more.