Are you looking for something to do in March when we’re all tired of the snow, sleet, and freezing rain? Do you have plans for St. Patrick’s Day? If the answer to the first question is “YES” and the answer to the second question is “NO”, then you need to join GATR Tara as she sets sail on the Flogging Molly Salty Dog Cruise!
Flogging Molly did their initial cruise in 2015, repeated it in 2016, and are set to do it again in 2017. Departing from Miami on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas, the three-day cruise includes stops at Nassau and Coco Cay, a private island owned by Royal Caribbean. Spend your days relaxing in the sun or crusing around and catching pop-up and pool-side shows and spend your evenings partying and carousing to bands such as NOFX, Potato Pirates, Skatelites and, of course, Flogging Molly. Roam the decks as well and look for cabin shows, or maybe book one for yourself and a few of your favorite friends.
I went for the first time last year and was amazed at how fun this was. Trust me, this is NOT your regular calm, staid cruise. The Flogging Molly line-up is geared towards punk rock and this year is full of street punk and ska acts. Don’t let the punk theme scare you away – punk is about enjoying yourself, having fun, and watching out for those around you. And don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with some of the acts! This is a great opportunity to get to know some new bands and to meet the bands as they, too, enjoy walking around on the decks. And the best news is that admission to all shows is included in the cruise price. No keeping up with tickets – once you’re on-board, all you do is show up! Scheduled concert dates and times are released prior to the cruise so you know who is playing where and at what time. Nothing beats the drama of the clash charts.
While cruises to the Caribbean can be expensive, in reality this one is easily affordable. Cabins are double-occupancy, some have balconies, and many include a sleeper sofa for a third person. Junior and Regular suites are also available. The more people you can fit in your room, the cheaper it is. Food is included – with the exception of the more up-scale restaurants. And for those of you who don’t want to worry about having to buying and paying for drinks one drink at a time, information will be up and coming later in the year on adding an all-you-can drink package to your fare – I’m not sure how much that option will be, but I would guess around $150. This covers soft drinks, beer, spirits, and mixed drinks. Top-shelf is NOT included, but can be purchased at the bar.
If you decide to book, you can choose to pay everything up-front at once, or spread your payments out in monthly increments. If you choose to pay by increments, the cruise must be paid in full by December. Many people arrive in Miami a day or two before the cruise as some of the bands will play gigs in the Miami area before the cruise. There are usually concerts and/or get-togethers on the days after the cruise as well. If I were you, I wouldn’t wait too long to book – the cruise has sold out the last two years.
So if you’re ready to join me or if you want more information, check out the Flogging Molly Salty Dog Cruise web site. You can book the cruise on-line or by calling the toll-free number on the website. Flying Dutchman Travel is the sole booking agent for the cruise and these friendly people are more than happy to answer your questions or help you book. Hope to see you on board!
For more information, go to: www.floggingmollycruise.com