Coachella Hits the High Seas

Coachella music festival sets sail with concerts and food

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival, the annual three-day music festival in Indio, Calif. that features the likes of Radiohead, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg, is setting sail. Music fans can board the S.S. Coachella (which is actually Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Silhouette) for a getaway of groovy beats and gourmet bites. With 22 live performances and 12 dining options, S.S. Coachella offers two roundtrip cruises between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the Bahamas from Dec. 16 to 19 and between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jamaica from Dec. 19 to 23.

The scheduled musical lineup for each cruise includes acts like Pulp, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, Yeasayers, and James Murphy. No word on if the S.S. Coachella Music Festival at Sea will have special surprise guests as is often the case with the annual music festival on land where musicians like Eminem and 50 Cent have been known to drop by unannounced.

While the music festival isn't bringing the Coachella Valley's best restaurants with it on the Celebrity Silhouette, the cruise ship's regular dining options are available to festival-goers. Celebrity Silhouette's dining program includes French fare from Murano and Italian dishes from Tuscan Grill, while more casual options include an all-day crêpe-making service from Bistro On Five and poolside burgers from Mast Grill.

At the Oceanview Café, diners can also pick and choose their meals from a culinary marketplace serving made-to-order pastas, stir-fries, pizza, sushi, and salads.

The S.S. Coachella’s amenities include a pool deck, a spa and salon, a fitness center with personal training, a library, and stores stocking brands, such as Calvin Klein, Armani, Versace, and D&G by Dolce and Gabbana.

At night, the ship offers a martini bar, casino, bar crawls to get to know fellow passengers, and a range of swanky nightclubs for partying.

S.S. Coachella begins taking reservations July 21 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices begin at $500 per person (quadruple occupancy) plus a $200 service fee per occupant. Price includes accommodations, meals, most beverages (alcohol, bottled water and soda are not included), taxes, fees, port charges, onboard gratuities and entrance to most S.S. Coachella events on the ship. There will be an opportunity for passengers to see every artist at least once, according to event organizers. Passengers must be 21-years-old.