PROG-ROCK’S BIGGEST ANNUAL FESTIVAL AT SEA HOSTED BY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, YES
SAILING FEBRUARY 3-8, 2018 ABOARD ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS VISITING BELIZE CITY, BELIZE AND COSTA MAYA, MEXICO
LINE-UP FEATURES 25-PLUS PERFORMING ARTISTS INCLUDING YES plus MARILLION, STEVE HACKETT (OF GENESIS), SAGA, SONS OF APOLLO featuring MIKE PORTNOY AND DEREK SHERINIAN, ANATHEMA, GONG, HAKEN, CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY, MARTIN BARRE (OF JETHRO TULL), CASEY MCPHERSON, FOCUS, GLASS HAMMER, ADRIAN BELEW POWER TRIO, LIFESIGNS, KNIFEWORLD, SOUND OF CONTACT, STICK MEN, MOON SAFARI, IO EARTH, BAD DREAMS, THANK YOU SCIENTIST, DAVE KERZNER, BARAKA, ERIC GILETTE, BROOK HANSEN, LATE NIGHT LIVE AND THE ART OF ROGER DEAN
With only 4 months to go before sailing, Cruise To The Edge, progressive rock’s largest festival at sea, announced that its final public sale began yesterday (10/4). Limited cabins are still available at CruiseToTheEdge.com, with prices beginning at $1,309 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age.
Hosted by prog-rock icons, YES, the event features some of the world’s greatest prog-rock musical artists. This magical 5-night cruise sails from Tampa, Florida from February 3-8, aboard Royal Caribbean’s award-winning Brilliance Of The Seas, visiting two new ports: Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico. As in past years, the 2018 CTTE pre-cruise party (complimentary to cruisers) will be hosted at Ferg’s Live in Tampa, on the evening of Friday, February 2nd.
Conveniently located adjacent to the Port of Tampa, Ferg’s Live is an exciting indoor/outdoor concert and dining venue offering unique craft beers and excellent cuisine. Just announced, Baraka will be performing at the CTTE pre-cruise party (2/2), with two additional acts to be revealed in the weeks to come.
On board, iconic prog-rock artists and cruise headliners YES, Marillion, Steve Hackett (of Genesis), Sons of Apollo featuring Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (honoring Keith Emerson and Greg Lake and the music of ELP), and Marin Barre (of Jethro Tull) will perform multiple sets aboard the cruise. In addition, celebrated Canadian prog band SAGA, will make their final live appearance aboard the cruise, capping their illustrious 40-year career.
Other esteemed performers confirmed include: Anathema, Gong, Haken, Casey McPherson, Focus, Glass Hammer, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Lifesigns, Knifeworld, Sound of Contact, Stick Men with special guest violinist David Cross, Moon Safari, IO Earth, Bad Dreams, Thank You Scientist, Dave Kerzner, Baraka, Eric Gillette, and Brook Hansen. In addition, legendary YES album design artist, Roger Dean, will be aboard, displaying his most famous works in a private gallery where fans can purchase selected original pieces and limited-edition prints. The cruise will be hosted by UK journalist and preeminent YES expert, Jon Kirkman.
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 will once again feature the unprecedented 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.
Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance Of The Seas features acres of glass enclosing a nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Passengers can enjoy the tranquil Solarium pool, recharge at VitalitySM Spa, or reach new heights climbing the signature rock-climbing wall. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with epic prog performances on stages throughout the vessel. Combined with some of the best food and service afloat, Cruise to the Edge is truly the greatest prog-rock show on earth and is a can’t-miss event for prog enthusiasts throughout the world.
Founded in 1968, Grammy-award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, such as iconic pieces “Roundabout,” “Close to the Edge,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Starship Trooper,” and countless others. YES albums, including Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going For the One and 90125, have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA, and have sold over 50 million records total in the band’s career that has so far spanned almost five decades. Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES continues creating masterful music that inspires musicians, fans and music lovers around the world. For more info, visit YesWorld.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About ON THE BLUE:
ON THE BLUE — promoter for the Cruise to the Edge — is a leader in cruise charter innovation, having sailed over 100,000 passengers in the last 20 years. The principals of ON THE BLUE have deep roots in the music industry, having provided world-class cruise ship production management for celebrities and musical artists for over two decades. ON THE BLUE has run dozens of charter and large group programs for organizations, corporations, celebrities and artists throughout North America, and has played major roles in the development of ground-breaking theme cruise concepts. Past charters have included an array of Fortune 500 companies, plus theme cruises featuring entertainers such as Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Journey, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Night Ranger, The Moody Blues, UFO, Queensryche, Tesla, Cinderella, Yes, Little River Band, UK, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer, Greg Lake, O.A.R. and many others. For more info, visit OTBlue.com.