Despite my constant posting and blabbering about MORC, I still have lots of friends asking me why I make such a fuss about this “music cruise” and what the whole thing is all about. Well in short: It’s the most rockin’ vacation you can imagine and the trip of a lifetime… But let me fill you in on all the fun we’re having on the high seas…(Message me for a more detailed uncensored version called “How to work your way through the whole drink package without going overboard” ;-))
Next year is gonna be my third MORC and I couldn’t be more excited! Not only do I get to sail through the Caribbean while listening to bad ass music, I also get to see and hang with some of my favorite people again: my MORC family. Definetly the best family reunion one can imagine! If you’ve been on one of the cruises you know what I’m talking about, if not, you’ll now get a little review of my past 2 cruises and get an outook for 2018 that will make you wanna book your cabin yesterday!!
I first heard about MORC back in 2015 (yes, I’m a late bloomer…lol) and was able to attend some of the pre-cruise shenanigans in Miami that year, yet didn’t make it on the boat due to other commitments (I had a regular cruise booked already for the same time period – geez what was I thinking?!)… I already had so much fun that first year and met so many awesome rockers that getting on the boat in 2016 was mandatory for me…
Shredders from the Deep (Feb 22 – 26, 2016) was my first MORC and boy did I have fun. The line-up was incredible: DORO – my favorite rocker chick of all times, Hardcore Superstar, Helloween, Sebastian Bach and Tesla – just to name a few (personal highlights). Fitting the name of the cruise, we also had some of the finest shredders aboard: Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore, Uli Jon Roth and Akira Takasaki of Loudness didn’t only play killer shows but gave guitar clinics as well. Being a little overwhelmed by everything going on at first, I quickly got into the groove and figured out how to schedule my day with all the concerts, M&Gs, Q&As, various stops at the buffet and tons of stops at the bar. Sleep is definetly overrated on MORC. I left the boat after 4 rockin’ days and nights as a happy cruiser with the best memories and a whole bunch of new friends!
Gathering of Titans (Feb 2 – 7, 2017) was my second cruise and if there’s a thing as too much fun – I came pretty close to it this year for sure. What an ultimate blast! I’m probably still drunk while writing this blog post almost 3 months after the cruise. This years cruise on the beautiful Brilliance of the Seas left from Tampa with stops on Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico and not the usual one but two sea days (even more time for debauchery!). Being an almuni now (Ha!), I already kind of knew how things work and what to expect on the cruise and just had to get adjusted to our new ship. You pretty much spend the first couple of hours figuring out where everything is while running into lots of familiar faces. By sailaway (this time with the surprise stowaways Winger) I got it all figured out and was already a few drinks (and yummy Roast Beef Sandwiches from the Café) in and ready for some action… Looking through my pictures from the cruise still cracks me up (remember the too much fun part? Thank you Grey Goose!) and makes we want to do it all over again… the countdown for next year is on!!
The 2018 cruise (Feb 11 – 16 – Valentine’s Day debauchery included) is gonna be even bigger and better (if it can get any better than it already is). Our new ship – the Navigator of the Seas – is the biggest MORC ship so far and features a second main indoor venue besides the theater (the ice rink), a promenade, a pub (yay – one of my favorite spots on the last cruise) and – for all foodies like me – a JOHNNY ROCKETS. The line-up – which isn’t even complete yet – is beyond amazing already! Check out the flyer above!! We have some real treats waiting for us – a perfect mix of MORC regulars and some really awesome newbies (Thunder -!!!-, British Lion with the one and only Steve Harris of Iron Maiden and Mitch Malloy only to name a few of them). Next years ports of call surely don’t disappoint either: Jamaica (ya mon!!) and the private isle of Labadee (so much fun stuff to do – I can’t wait to try the ZIP-line…eeeek). Oh and what I didn’t mention yet is the pre-parties! Even more fun!! With the 2 pre-parties in Miami next year we’ll have a solid seven day binge to look forward to! Ahoy!
By the way: I didn’t put any pictures in this post for 2 reasons: First, mine would have to be censored first and second: we have some of the best photographers aboard who capture all the precious moments… Check out their work on the Monsters of Rock Cruise social media pages (links to their own pages are on there as well) and for a first welcome into the MORC family feel free to join us crazy peeps over on facebook in the “MORC 2018” group!
So what are you waiting for?! Book your cabin and become part of the MORC Family ! The cruise is already 80% booked… you don’t wanna miss out on all the fun!!