Dreaming of a trip on the high seas this year? If Seattle’s Disney cruises have you wary of "It’s a Small World"-caused seasickness, or if you can’t hold out until the next Backstreet Boys Cruise is announced, you’re in luck: The Coachella Festival, usually held in California’s desert Coachella Valley in April, will become two Caribbean cruises this December.
By boarding a boat, the usually-landlocked event can offer longer sets, prevent post-show drunk driving, and make buffet-cruising a new festival tradition. Only 2,800 passengers will fit on the Celebrity Silhouette, the 1,000-foot ship selected for the festival. Oh, and it’ll be known as the S.S. Coachella during the fest.
There will be two sailings with different destinations but similar lineups. A three-day jaunt to the Bahamas leaves December 16 and a four-day trip to Jamaica embarks December 19. Both will feature Girl Talk, Hot Chip, Pulp, Sleigh Bells, Yeasayer, and others.
Besides the concerts, there will be wine tastings, DJ tutorials from the performing pros, and crafts, making the festival into something more like sleep-away camp for grownups. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, and only adults over 21 (with passports) can go. Prices start at $500, but rise to around $1,500 for view rooms, and that doesn’t include booze.
As for the desert version of Coachella, it’ll be back next April. The New York Times reports that ticket sales for the 2012 festival topped $47 million for 158,000 tickets, so this maritime version wasn’t going to replace the original.