In a little over a week, the most ironic theme cruise in kitsch travel history will hit the high seas. That's right, the first ever Bruise Cruise will set sail aboard Carnival's Imagination "Fun Ship" with some seriously cool human cargo, including 400 hipsters, 10 relevant indie acts (including Miami's Jacuzzi Boys), and an alt-celebrity cruise director.
Unfortunately for you (and us), the floating festival sold out earlier this month, so kiss that fantasy of playing footsies with the Vivian Girls in a lido deck hot tub goodbye. The good news, however, they're playing on February 24, along with every other Bruise Cruise act, for the official kick-off party at Grand Central.
However, if you insist on combining a weekend getaway and indie rock, but didn't book your Bruise Cruise in advance, we may have a solution.
Crossfade did a little Internet investigating and found that there are still cabins available for the February 25 sailing of the Carnival Imagination, the same vessel hosting Bruise Cruise, for as little as $239 on Expedia. While it may not include access to festival events, it does get you aboard the ship. And with a pair of skinny jeans, some ironic sunglasses, and a few bucks to bribe the doorman working the events, you might get lucky.
Bruise Cruise with master of ceremonies Ian Svenonius and the Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Surfer Blood, Strange Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Ty Segall, Turbo Fruits, DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin, and Jacuzzi Boys. Friday, February 25, to Monday, February 28. Carnival Imagination, boarding at the Port of Miami, 1015 N. America Way, Miami. SOLD OUT. Visit bruisecruisefestival.com.
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Bruise Cruise Kickoff Party with the Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Surfer Blood, Strange Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Ty Segall, Turbo Fruits, and Jacuzzi Boys. Thursday, February 24. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The party starts at 6 p.m. and tickets cost $20 via wantickets.com. Ages 18 and up. Visit bruisecruisefestival.com.