Picture the scene: you are laying back in the sun, on board one of the world’s most luxurious cruise liners with 4,000 passengers, enjoying seven stages hosted by the likes of leading dance brands FACT, Elrow, Ministry of Sound and key Belgian club partners all being soundtracked by over 50 DJs from a variety of electronic music genres and first-class entertainments. Well, that scene is now to be a reality with ‘THE ARK’, a 4-day party cruise that will make its maiden voyage from Barcelona on August 31st. The Belgian organisers have created this exciting concept to appeal to an international crowd of music lovers who are looking for a mini-vacation with all the luxury and comfort of a cruise liner combined with the finest DJs from the world of electronic music.
For many years, The Freedom of The Seas claimed the status of the world’s largest passenger liner and it is one the showpieces of Royal Caribbean International. The vessel spends most of the year cruising the Caribbean, but next summer it will make a crossing to the Mediterranean Sea to become the venue for the very first edition of ‘THE ARK’.
A floating, full-comfort club
‘THE ARK’ is a 4-day party cruise on which 4,000 passengers can enjoy the hottest electronic music. The ship will be converted to a luxurious floating club with no fewer than seven different stages. Specially for the cruise, on-board facilities such as the current cinemas and theatres, as well as the ice skating rink and the upper deck, will all be converted into festive stages with just the right vibe.
As well as partying, guests will be pampered on the culinary front with a choice of many on-board restaurants, an impressive wellness centre and spa, plus the many sports facilities on board will also be available to all passengers.
Collaboration with the most popular clubs and party concepts
To provide the music for this first edition leading clubs and party brands such Ministry of Sound and Elrow have been tapped up to provide plenty of musical charm and colour. They will take over one stage each and will kit it out with their own stylish decor and production, whilst European party promoters FACT and Belgian clubs Versuz and Kelly Parker/Kitsch Club are also among the cool selection of partners.
Musically, there will be a wide range of electronic music catering to everyone’s taste so you can be sure you will be dancing non-stop throughout.
Three cities, one island
The ship sets sail from Barcelona on Thursday, August 31 and from there will travel to Ibiza, where it will dock for an entire day. Passengers will have the opportunity to disembark and explore the island before heading to the French city of Marseille, where guests will be able to spend an afternoon. During the final evening and overnight, the ship will set course for Barcelona again, where it will arrive the next day, bringing this unique mini-vacation to an end.