Photo Editor Jason Carlson and I took our first 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise last year, and it was beyond fun. The music, the new friends, the experience – it was amazing.
For those who haven’t been on the annual voyage, we thought we would break out five things that we can’t wait to do again on next year’s cruise. Some are expected, while others may not be, particularly for those who haven’t sailed the seas on the metal cruise that leaves Fort Lauderdale on January 31 to Labadee, Haiti, and returns on February 4.
5. Eating supper in the The Dining Room
So this seems very basic – we all have to eat. But during supper in The Dining Room, the ship’s formal restaurant, it is more of a party than anything. Chants, cheers, and revelry is part of the experience, not to mention a variety of menu options, from seafood to steak. It is worth visiting for at least one meal during the cruise, if you can peel yourself off of the rail in one of the ship’s four venues.
4. Participating and/or watching the belly-flop contest
It is a tradition, and one that is hilarious to watch. The belly-flop contest is open to sailors of all shapes and sizes, often donning colorful costumes, and it is judged by a panel of musicians. What can be better on a Super Sunday than to watch your friends, both old and new, risk pain and embarrassment to win this coveted competition? Nothing, really, except winning it on your own.
3. Chilling in a hot tub
For the sake of transparency, we didn’t take full advantage of the hot tub situation on last year’s cruise. We did dip a toe, but compared to the circle pits that made the stage size tubs into vortex’s of flesh and water, that wasn’t anything. With two hot tubs essentially on the side stage and one facing the stage on the Pool Deck, it is unique, to say the least. This year, we will be in there, after a lot of what we detail in number 2 below.
2. Drinking copious amounts of booze
Yes, we did this last year – a lot. To the tune of $1,000-plus over four nights. But on a cruise that boasts music for close to 20 hours a day, what else are you going to do? You don’t have to drive, you don’t have to Uber, in fact, you really don’t have to walk, so game on! But in all honesty, it is a true “no judgement” zone, and the revelry is rich and fun. And who can argue with friendships forged over Fosters?
1. Raging in front of the stage
Need we say more? Four stages, 60 bands, and 120 performances over four days … it’s why we are on this freaking ship, right? Meet us on the rail, and let’s party! (And if you forget to wear your sunblock, find yourself a Pool Girl!)
This year’s 70,000 Tons of Metal will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 31 for a four-day headbang all the way to Labadee, Haiti, and back. With 60 bands each playing twice, how can you miss this? For more information, visit the 70,000 Tons of Metal website here! Looking for more news? Check out our coverage of 70,000 Tons of Metal here!