Cruise to the Edge announces 2024 lineup

Marillion, Steve Hacket, Flying Colors & Big Big Train will headline

Cruise to the Edge (CTTE), the world’s premier progressive rock experience at sea, is set to return March 8-13, 2024 with its biggest cruise ever. Marking its eighth voyage, the five-day/five-night full-ship charter cruise is set to sail out of Miami, FL aboard the Norwegian Pearl and visit two ports: Ocho Rios, Jamaica and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Featuring an array of events and music-filled days with performances from some of the world’s greatest prog rock artists, CTTE ’24 will be headlined by prog legends Marillion, Steve Hackett, Flying Colors, and for the first time, Big Big Train. The lineup also includes returning acts Adrian Belew, Martin Barre, The Flower Kings, Haken, Protocol, Queensrÿche, PFM, Airbag, Baraka, Klone, and Wishbone Ash; alongside cruise newcomers Gryphon, Lonely Robot, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, and legendary prog metal group Symphony X, with more artists to be announced in the coming months. Plus, official cruise hosts Jon Kirkman and Roie Avin will be moderating Q&A’s and activities.

The public on-sale is available now with cabins starting at $1,397 per person for double occupancy via the voyage’s website. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age.

Beyond the sun, fun, and exquisite dining there will be artist/cruiser photo experiences, Q&A sessions, special theme nights, and other events designed to optimize the artist/fan experience. This year’s cruise will once again feature the unparalleled CTTE Late Night Live, where fans can sign up to showcase their own musical talents in four different performance scenarios: Late Night Live Pro Jam (guests are invited to play with a headline act), Artist’s Choice (featuring fans and prog legends performing together), The Main Event (where guests can shine with fellow Late Night Live musicians), and Overtime Jam (where guests can choose a song to be featured in a late-night jam).

Cruisers will get to experience the Norwegian Pearl is designed specifically for the concert cruise market, featuring some of the best venues on the high seas, incredible dining options, and the friendly and attentive service for which Norwegian Cruise Line is known. The ship’s 16 chic dining options, 15 bars and lounges, dazzling casino, tranquil spa, Body Waves fitness center, rock-climbing wall, and spacious Garden Villas are just a few things that make this Jewel-class cruise ship a destination of her own. All accommodations showcase a relaxing vibe with cool blue hues reminiscent of the calming ocean with silver and turquoise accents. Stateroom’s feature new furniture, carpeting, headboards, and televisions.

The first port stop on CTTE ‘24 is Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Located on the north coast of Jamaica, Ocho Rios is adorned with beautiful golden beaches juxtaposed against its jungle-covered mountains. This backdrop allows for a myriad of unique excursions for guests to enjoy including river rafting, river tubing, savoring a moment of relaxation in a riverside cabana, or simply an easy breezy day on the beach at Discovery Bay. This port-of-call is magnificent for more than just sightseeing and adventure, in fact, Island Village is a shopper’s dream featuring duty-free shops filled with designer fashion, gorgeous jewelry collections, and more. Ocho Rios is most famous for Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica’s national treasure, where guests can spend the day scaling this spectacular waterfall ─ climbing and exploring the limestone rocks while relishing in the refreshing pools along the way. For the more adventurous, there’s swimming with dolphins, plunging through twists and turns on a rainforest bobsled, getting wet n dirty in a dune buggy in the Jamaican woodlands, or racing through the trees on a series of ziplines near Dunn’s River Falls.

The next stop is the beautiful George Town, Grand Cayman, a quaint town that hosts to a variety of activities including luxurious glass-bottom boat tours, rum distillery tours, art galleries, top-notch shopping that includes duty-free shops, mouthwatering places to eat, and a historical museum. While George Town is smaller than many destinations, it still has a plethora of options to choose from so you can plan your perfect day, including the Dolphins and Stingray Sandbar, Turtles, Turtles and more Turtles excursion, or snorkel and explore the USS Kittiwake Sunken Ship, combined with the stunning Grand Cayman barrier reef.

With a myriad of events, activities, and music spanning decades of prog — dating back to the beginning of the genre all the way to present day — to keep fans entertained day and night, CTTE ‘24 promises to be a fantasy camp, personal paradise, and the vacation of a lifetime for progressive rock enthusiasts.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email: info@themusicuniverse.com

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