Carnival LIVE – Rocking the Caribbean

Styx and the crew of Carnival Fantasy.
Styx and the crew of Carnival Fantasy.

In January, Carnival Cruise Lines announced Carnival LIVE, a multi-phase program within the cruise line to bring the best music and live concerts onboard their fleet of Fun Ships.

“The first phase of Carnival LIVE is almost completely rolled out, which is bringing great music to the ships,” Mark Tamis, SR VP of Guest Operations for Carnival Cruise Lines told us.

The second phase of Carnival LIVE brings guests face to face with some of their favorite musical guests like 38 Special, Chicago, Daughtry, Foreigner, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Kansas, STYX, Gavin DeGraw and more.


The first concert rolled out earlier this month with STYX, where guests aboard Carnival Fascination and Carnival Fantasy got experience concerts first hand.

The musicians don’t actually sail on the ships, but perform when the ship is docked in port. The ships extends their port time to accommodate the shows.

Performances are scheduled on board eight Carnival ships that call in the following ports: Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina Island, California. Artists join the ship while in port, perform in the main show lounge that evening, and debark following their show.

Tickets cost $20-40 each and a limited number of VIP tickets are also available for each show for $100-$150 each. The VIP experience includes an artist meet and greet, complimentary photo with the band, seating in the first three rows and a commemorative laminated concert pass. All tickets can be purchased through Carnival’s online shore excursion system prior to sailing, or on board participating ships at the shore excursion desk based on availability.

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