When someone mentions the band Journey, it brings me back in time to recall moments of my life. One such moment was in the Summer of 1981. I was ten years old and climbed aboard the bus to take me to the local Mall. Entering, I was on a mission to first play video games and then go into Camelot Music and BUY a special album. This being the just released Journey “Escape” (stylized as E5C4P3 on the album cover album) album.
For me and millions of other fans, Journey’s songs became the soundtrack of our lives. The band’s success is legendary, with sales of 47 million albums in the U.S., making them the 28th best-selling band. Worldwide sales have reached almost 90 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.
Walking out of the Mall, with my new Journey Escape album in hand. I couldn’t wait to get home and listen to it. I didn’t know that this album would go on to have four Billboard Hot 100 singles – “Don’t Stop Believin’” (#9), “Who’s Crying Now” (#4), “Still They Ride” (#19) and “Open Arms” (#2). The album continued to sell over 12 Million copies and go platinum 9x.
Great Music and Cruising!
So when invi ted to join Carnival Cruise Line to experience their Carnival LIVE concert series featuring Journey, I had to go. Starting in Port Canaveral on March 15th. It will be a seven night sailing aboard Carnival Liberty with stops in Grand Turk, San Juan and St. Thomas. What’s amazing is how this sailing includes two of my favorite things, great music and cruise travel.
What is Carnival LIVE?
Carnival LIVE is unlike a full charter group or theme cruise, which many “concert” cruises are sold as. Carnival LIVE sailings are just like regular cruises but, during the booking process you have the option to buy tickets to a great concert which takes place during your cruise. The band or artist comes on board the ship while in port and plays in the ship’s main show lounge.
The Carnival LIVE concert series debuted in 2014 to rave reviews. Returning in 2015 you too can join the the fun by booking your own Carnival LIVE sailing by reviewing the following tour dates. This year will feature artists and bands like Journey, Rascal Flatt’s, Smokey Robinson, Little Big Town and Styx. Be sure to check the tour dates page regularly, as more dates are artists are expected to be announced in the near future.
Tickets to the shows cost between $35 and $60 per guest (depending on the band), and VIP tickets are $125–250 per guest. As a VIP, you’ll get some of the best seats to the show, a laminated commemorative VIP pass… plus an exclusive meet-and-greet with the band, including an opportunity for a photo.
Follow Me On My Journey!
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