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Sailing The Indie Seas: The Bruise Cruise Offers The Ultimate Hipster Getaway

Lyndsey Parker
The New Now

Over the past few years various musical acts have reinvented themselves as modern-day Julie McCoys, by offering their fans the ultimate vacation experiences with their own themed cruises. Kid Rock teamed with Carnival Cruises for a lost Grand Cayman weekend at sea; the Backstreet Boys will set sail on a "fan appreciation cruise" this December; John Mayer went cruising with fans in 2008 and 2009 (while wearing a Borat-style "mankini" thong, yet); VH1's somewhat misleadingly named "Best Cruise Ever" launched with Three Doors Down this past spring; oldies veterans like Frankie Avalon and Lesley Gore set sail on the nostalgic "Malt Shop Memories" cruise last May; and other recent musical cruisers have included Air Supply, the Zac Brown Band, and Jill Sobule. The Holland America cruise line will even soon offer travel packages featuring on-board entertainment from former "American Idol" contestants.

However, with the exception of 2005's one-off Xingolati cruise to Mexico with the Flaming Lips, indie-rock fans have been stranded on the shore, with no cruise packages tailored for their discerning tastes. Until now, that is.

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Now 400 lucky indie tourists will soon be able party in style on the Bruise Cruise, a three-day music-festival-at-sea featuring a hipster lineup sure to make waves: the Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Strange Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, and Turbo Fruits. These up-and-coming indie acts will play on-board gigs during Bruise Cruise's journey from Miami to the Bahamas, as well as at an island party in the destination of Nassau.

Other Bruise Cruise activities with include a morning "puppets & pancakes" show with Miss Pussycat, open-bar cocktail hours, miniature golf, and a soul party dance-off. Wow...pancakes, cocktails, indie rock, and puppets? Sign us up!

The Bruise Cruise Festival hits the high seas February 25-28, 2011. For more info, go to

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