Nothing says “ocean breeze” and “beach holiday” quite like a seven-minute guitar solo or a 9/8 drum-fill. Yes, it seems like the hottest new trend in progressive rock is piling a bunch of veteran bands on a cruise ship and sailing the high seas. We’ve already told you about Sweden’s Silja Festival and the return of Progressive Nation, but the most star-studded upcoming prog cruise (I just giggled whilst typing that) is most definitely Cruise to the Edge 2014, curated by Yes.
Floating aboard the MSC Divina (from April 7th to 12th), fans will journey from Miami, Florida to Isla de Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico. But the real treat is the line-up, which (as of recent line-up additions) is arguably a Prog Rock Hall of Fame. The roster now features Yes, Marillion, Steve Hackett (with his Genesis Revisited set), UK, Queensryche, Tangerine Dream, Renaissance, Strawbs, PFM, Three Friends (featuring members of Gentle Giant), Stickmen (featuring bass god Tony Levin), The Soft Machine, Patrick Moraz (formerly of Yes), and more.
That’s pretty amazing. It’s honestly hard to think of anybody they left out.
For pricing information and the full band roster, check out the Cruise to the Edge website.