The Secret Way to See Your Favorite Bands Perform in a Private Lounge

Carnival Live Cruise with a Journey Concert

I came home smelling like a tapped keg after my first Jimmy Buffet concert when the gal behind me gave me a Miller Lite shower with each clap of her hand. I got up and walked out of the last Luke Bryan concert I paid for when the gaggle of drunk teenagers who wouldn’t sit in their assigned seats migrated over to our row and kept bumping into me. Both of these concerts were at the Amway Center Arena in downtown Orlando, Florida which seats 20,000 guests. Last week my 16-year-old and I sang along with Journey in a theater that seats only 1,400. Needless to say, the experiences were like night and day.

We had views like this…

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Carnival Live Sailing Journery

The experience was part of the Carnival Live Concert Series that Carnival Cruise Lines has carefully curated musical talent for. I wrote about my last Carnival Live experience with Martina McBride here: Why Your Next Concert Experience Should Be on a Carnival Live Sailing That concert was on the Carnival Ecstasy in the Blue Sapphire Lounge which seats only 1,300.

The point I’m trying to make here is that the Carnival Live experience has spoiled me. I will never be able to enjoy a concert in a regular arena again knowing that I can see my favorite artists perform in a much less crowded and much more comfortable space on a Carnival Cruise Ship.

Carnival Live Cruise with a  Journery Concert

Our concert seats were on the main floor with only a few rows of fans in front of and behind us. Yes, we have VIP lanyards on but that was because we were members of a press trip. There were regular ticketed passengers all around and even in front of us.

The theater has two levels and there isn’t a “bad” seat int the house. If you want to shell out a little bit more cash you can even get a pre-concert meet and greet with “front of the stage” first-few-rows VIP seating.

Carnival Live Cruise with a  Journery Concert

I didn’t have to squeeze my butt into an uncomfortable plastic seat with a broken beverage holder to put my $12 cup of beer in like I would have at my local arena. My daughter and I sat on plush padded bench seats where a cocktail waitress brought me a perfectly shaken dirty martini in a REAL glass that I sipped on before show time.

Carnival Live Cruise with a  Journery Concert

Carnival Live Cruise with a  Journey Concert in the Venetian Palace Theatre

Journey played a lengthy set too. Just because the venue was small doesn’t mean the performance was. We rocked out to classics like “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Faithfully” and “Wheel in the Sky” just to name a few.

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All of this while on board the Carnival Liberty as we were docked in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was fun to watch the roadies load the band’s gear onto the ship from our 8th floor stateroom balcony in the morning, play in the surf on our beach excursion in the afternoon and then take a 30 second walk from our cabin to the concert venue that night. No designated driver needed. No parking garage required and no Miller Lite shower.

Carnival Live Cruise with a  Journery Concert

Carnival Cruise Lines has some amazing talent already lined up for the 2015 Concert Series.

Little Big Town (March 28th)
Carnival Fascination – Jacksonville, FL
Carnival Fantasy – Charleston, SC
Carnival Freedom – Galveston, TX

Smokey Robinson (April 18th, 19th & 20th)
Carnival Paradise – Tampa, FL
Carnival Breeze – Miami, FL
Carnival Ecstasy – Miami, FL

Rascal Flatts (May 2nd, 3rd & 4th)
Carnival Paradise – Tampa, FL
Carnival Breeze – Miami, FL
Carnival Ecstasy – Miami, FL

Styx (June 13th, 14th & 19th)
Carnival Sensation – Port Canaveral, FL
Carnival Sunshine – Port Canaveral, FL
Carnival Ecstasy – Miami, FL

Tickets to the concert range in price depending on the artist. I suggest purchasing your tickets in advance as the concert on our sailing was sold out.

For more info visit Carnival.com

Special thanks goes out to Carnival for providing us passage and concert tickets. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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