Coachella Jumps the Shark, Lands on a Cruise Ship
Whoa. Okay it's official. The live music festival Coachella has jumped the shark so hard it's landed in the deep end of the ocean.
Just yesterday, Coachella promoters Goldenvoice announced that they'd be packing up the popular desert-held music event and adding some waterby theming two cruises after it. The S.S. Coachella will set sail for two consecutive weekends during the notoriously slow weeks of the year for cruisingthose right before the Christmas holiday. Brilliant timing if you're a cruise line looking to make a buck, horrible timing for attendees, who will likely have to chose between taking work time off for S.S. Coachella or heading home for the holidays.
And it won't be cheap; no camping or crashing on a stranger's couch possible on this ship. The 2,886-guest Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Silhouette is all staterooms and suites, with packages starting from $500 per person and maxing out around $2,000 per person (of their published prices, "email to inquire" for pricier suites). Remember those amounts do not include booze, soda, taxes & gratuities, shore excursions or travel to and from Fort Lauderdale.
Gone is the carnival atmosphere, grit and wild youth of the usual Coachella, replaced with air-conditioned sit-down dinners, wine tastings and ennui by the pool. On the upside, these are international trips so perhaps it'll convince attendees without them to finally get passports.
Essentially, S.S. Coachella is the music festival for the Coachella fans of ten years ago, all grown up now with more money to spend and less tolerance for anything under four stars.
If you fit in that category, tickets go on sale starting this Saturday, July 21 at 10am PST.
Bahamas: December 16-19. Leaving from Fort Lauderdale and calling at Nassau only.
Jamaica: December 19-23. Leaving from Fort Lauderdale and calling at Ocho Rios only.
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