As this was my first cruse, I had no idea what to expect and having someone very close to me pass away a week before departure made me a little less excited. But I had an absolutely amazing, unforgettable time. Highlights:Annihilator
- Both sets were fantastic. Got to crowd surf in the hottub for their second set, which wasn't much more than a bunch of people holding me up and spinning me around, but was certainly something awesome.
Got to hangout with Coburn Pharr (the old singer) in the Sphinx, he totally though I was someone important and started introducing me to the lead singer of trouble and some other random band members, he kept calling me Dave. He wanted us to sing John Denver for Karaoke. After about 20mins of us hanging out it got a little creepy so I told him my name was Jeff, not Dave, He looked at me and said "are you serious?! You're killin' me!" and walked off. Didn't see him for the rest of the cruse. Origin
- These guys were the main reason I was on the cruse, the drummer and singer live near me and are good friends of mine. When they got booked on the cruse, a bunch of us pooled our resources to be able to attend this year. The pillow fight was a great idea, although ship logistics put a damper on the event, was still fun as hell. More mosh pits should involve pajamas and fluffy pillows. Also the "rock the boat" wall of death at the Sphinx was great time! and holy crap with the crowd surfing. There was at least 2 people up at all times, really gave those security guys a workout, who were awesome by the way, there were a few guys at the ice rink that were pushing people back into the pit, not most of them were grabbing people carrying them to safety. Great job!
Corrosion of Conformity
- Missed their first set which bummed me out, but was front row for the entirety of their second set. Even with missing some of their lineup they put on a hell of a show. Got to meet Karl Agell and gave him my bands T-shirt and saw him later at the bar waring it! I had a shit eating grin from ear to ear. Municipal Waste
- Also missed their first set, which was a major bummer since it was on the pool deck and heard it kicked ass. But their second set in the ice rink did not disappoint, was mashpit madness. Had a blast throwing myself around with everyone. Municipal Waste is gunna fuck you up! Also got to meet the singer Tony Foresta late the last night, we were both shit bag hammered, if I hadn't get a picture with him, probably wouldn't have remembered it.Napalm Death
- Put on a fantastic show. I dig that their current guitar player is from Rochester NY and used to play in Sulaco, who I've had the pleasure of playing shows with on a few occasions.Behemoth
- Great shows,no surprise there.
- Always heavy, their pool stage set was a tad better in my option, but maybe that's because I was in a hot tub. Also got to do the excursion with Paul Mazurkiewicz (Drummer of CC), who is an awesome dude by the way.WinterSun
- This was a surprise to me, never really gave them much thought, but after I saw them on the pool deck (from the hot tub of course) I'm a believer, fantastic guitar work and a great overall show.
Michael Schenker Temple of Rock
- Only got to see their first set in the Platinum, but man it was good. I was laughing my ass off when they got the whole place singing 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' and yeah, I was singing along too. Apocalyptica
- Really liked their first album, but never really followed them after that. I could do without the drummer and the singer, but they played the fun covers I remember, and did anyone catch the rendition of 'My Heart Will Go On' on the pool deck? was good for a chuckle. HelStar
- Had never heard these guys before but I love me some thrash metal. They were the first band I saw on board and they ruled, singer does some serious Dio channeling. He also did some awesome Karaoke. Trollfest
- Really cool sound and fun songs, never heard them before but I really dug their set at the ice rink.Food
No issues with the food, I mean, I'm not expecting to get 5 star food, after hearing about food poisonings and rancid food on cruses in the news in the past few years I was skeptical about quality, but liked everything I ate, and no diarrhea! Went to the fine dining twice, and really enjoyed myself, got the lamb and the giant shrimp as my main courses and walked out full and happy. The Pizza left a little to be desired, but I only ate it at 3am on when I was too drunk to care. Karaoke
SO much fun, wish I could have done more of it.Lowlights
Its really hard for me to complain here because I had such a great time, but if my opinion is worth a shit, here's my two cents
Waiting in Lines (mainly for merch)
- Lines, so many lines. I mean there's 3000+ of us on one ship so I understand that there's going to be some queuing, but the line for the main merch store was ridiculous, I tryed to go twice and gave up b/c I would rather see bands. My cabin mate waited 3 hours to buy stuff, that's just absurd.Water
- We're all drinking alcohol like maniacs and 'water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink' went through my head a few times during the cruse. And did anyone else think the water at the pizza place tasted weird? Like unhealthy weird, I drank it a few times but then just ended up wondering to a bar and waiting in line to order a cup of water.
- I'm someone who enjoys some karaoke, so I was pleased to see it was such a big thing on the cruse, just in my opinion could have been executed better. Sign up was a free for all, no indication on where you were on the queue, or if they'd even get to your song before daybreak, and the fact the stage barrier was up for karaoke was just silly. Not being able to see every band
- Unavoidable, but still shitty.
Now that's out of the way,
This was so much fun and I'll be back year after year if I can, this is a seriously great event with seriously great people.