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The Cruise Show Must Go On!

Heavy metal fans aren’t going to let a worldwide pandemic stand in the way of their fun.  With cruising at a virtual standstill, Monsters of Rock, which for a decade has been the ultimate seagoing celebration of the explosive world of hard rock and metal, is taking the party ashore!

Originally scheduled to sail February 8, 2021 from Fort Lauderdale aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, next year, the Monsters are saying “land ho” and taking over two all-inclusive (yes, that means unlimited booze) Punta Cana resorts–Breathless and Now Onyx—from May 26-31, 2021.  Both resorts share the same beachfront location and MOR guests are welcome throughout the properties, including all restaurants, bars, pools, and other amenities…sort of like a cruise without going anywhere.

Breathless and Now Onyx might offer chic, contemporary suites, all-inclusive dining and drinks, free wi-fi and breathtaking beaches but, take it from me, these heavy metal maniacs couldn’t care less.  As with any music cruise, it’s ALL about the bands…and what a monster line-up we have!

Master of shock rock, Alice Cooper, will ignite the stage with the explosive and theatrical performances that have made him a metal icon for the past five decades and debut material from his upcoming album “Detroit Stories.”  Other confirmed acts include Lit, Winger, LA Guns, KIX, Great White, Pat Travers, H.E.A.T., Vixen, Eclipse, Killer Dwarfs, Black N’ Blue, Mike Tramp, Bullet Boys, Beasto Blando, Pink Cream 69, Faster Pussycat, Electric Boys, Joel Hoekstra, XYZ, Little Caesar, and Signal 13 with more to be announced.  Artists will also participate in a host of interactive events like Artist Q&A sessions, Gong Show Karaoke, “So You Think You Can Shred” Challenge, Cooking with Rock Stars, Name that Monster Song and more.

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Photo: Monsters of Rock Cruise Lineup

And because it simply wouldn’t be Monsters of Rock without a glimpse of beaches and blue water, many of the custom-built stages will be surfside and around the resorts’ numerous swimming pools.

Monsters of Rock:  Operation Monster Beach has landed!  It promises to be loud…crazy…and the ultimate fantasy camp for any hard-rockin’ music enthusiast!

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(And for progressive rock fans who prefer a traditional shipboard event, check out Cruise to the Edge featuring Marillion, Steve Hackett, Alan Parsons, Dweezil Zappa, Focus, Mike Portnoy and more!  The five-day Cruise to the Edge aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas sets sail from Fort Lauderdale on April 25, 2022.   Visit for all the details!)

Judi Cuervo is a New York City native who fell in love with cruising in 1976 during her first sailing aboard Carnival Cruises’ Mardi Gras. Twenty years later, she began her freelance cruise writing gig and, since that time, has covered mass market, ultra-premium, riverboat and expedition ships for regional, national and international publications as well as cruise websites.