Joyce and L&K’s travel staff with Doobie Brothers during Rock Legends Cruise III (Doobies from left: Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, John McFee)

My amazing staff and I just returned from the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA) Rock Legends Cruise III, and I’ve got an earworm – you know, a song stuck in my head. I’m still humming the Doobie Brothers smash hit “Takin’ it to the Streets”. But in this case, we took it to the seas!

This floating “Rock Festival for a Cause” aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas sailed February 19 from Fort Lauderdale, and once again, the 3,700-passenger chartered ship sold out within months of the cruise announcement. And no wonder – just look at this lineup, featuring 2 dozen rock legends and 50 concerts:

The Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Don Felder,  WAR, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Rik Emmett, The Edgar Winter Band, Ten Years After, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Pat Travers Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Melvin Seals & JGB, The Artimus Pyle Band, Swamp Da Wamp, Steve Rodgers,The Blue Lords, Citizens Band Radio

The 4-night cruise included a stop in Nassau, Bahamas but the main attraction was multiple performances by legendary rock bands and the chance for fans to mingle with their favorite artists aboard Liberty of the Seas. All bands performed two or three shows, festival style, to allow Rock Legend Cruise guests to come and go between the venues. There were plenty of other planned activities, including artist meet and greets and celebrity auctions (Paul McCartney’s guitar fetched a whopping $29,000 for NAHA’s charity)

The Landry & Kling travel staff “rock out” during Rock Legends Cruise III on Liberty of the Seas

With no fewer than three performance venues for Rock Legends Cruise bands including The Deck, The Platinum Theater and Studio B/Ice Rink, the ship was rocking until the wee hours. My team and I worked tirelessly behind the scenes making sure all went smoothly for our client, her guests and the artists. And we did it on an average of two hours of sleep a night – thanks to gallons of caffeine and pure adrenaline!

Stay tuned – I’ll be posting my full “behind the scenes” report and more photos from the Rock Legends Cruise III soon. In the meantime, check out Rock Legends Cruise IV aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, sailing January 21-25, 2016 – sure to be another sold-out success!

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