Throwback to the 80s with your pop idols for music festival on water
JPI Media Release across Yorkshire Evening Post, Lancashire Post, Blackpool Gazette, Portsmouth News, Sheffield Star and Edinburgh News – Jan 12, 2019
Aasma Day gets into the party groove with stars of yesteryear for this floating spectacular on board a cruise ship
When people are youngsters, they feel a desperate need to grow up quickly. Yet when they reach the heady heights of adulthood, they tend to find themselves yearning for childhood pleasures. In moments of nostalgia, I find myself harking back to my teenage years when the music, fashion and silly laughter brought so much pleasure to life.
Fancy dress is something you just don’t get enough opportunities to wear as a grown-up, and I sometimes petulantly find myself thinking “why do kids get all the fun?” When it comes to live music, adults are also shortchanged. What if you want to enjoy a music festival consisting of your favourite acts – but don’t want to rough it in a tent or trample knee-deep in mud? The answer to my dreams came in luxurious ship-shaped form when I boarded the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas for the inaugural 80s Throwback to the 80s cruise for a three-night seaborne adventure. Being 80s music fans, you can imagine the palpable excitement experienced by my friend and I when we realised we would be sharing a ship with iconic acts including The Human League, OMD, Erasure’s Andy Bell, Chesney Hawkes, Sonia … and not forge. ing Jason Donovan, who we both used to have a massive teenage crush on!
As well as experiencing the cheesy yet fun music of your youth on Throwback to the 80s cruise, you get the chance to mingle and rub shoulders with the idols of yesteryear as they’re onboard for the whole ride. Many were happy to chat and have selfies taken. Floating Festivals’ Throwback 80s Festival at Sea is the brainchild of cruise entertainment expert Jonathan Blackburn and is supported by a unique partnership with Royal Caribbean and leading live music promoters Cuffe and Taylor.
The party-fuelled three-night round trip included a full day in picturesque Bruges, where we enjoyed a sightseeing and beer tasting trip coupled with the chance to buy some delicious Belgian chocolates. But there were so many fantastically fun activities on the ship that those who chose not to leave for land were easily forgiven. For us, it was the li. le touches and attention to detail that made the whole experience so magical.
This wasn’t just a cruise with music acts in the evening, but a celebration of all things 80s and a music festival without any mud or a welly boot in sight. Everywhere you went, you’d hear nostalgic 80s tunes being played, see 80s movies on the big screens and get to enjoy theme nights, including Rocky Horror vs Pretty In Pink and I Love Lycra. You could even join in 80s trivia quizzes and karaoke. So much thought went into everything related to the era down to the hanging props of Space Hoppers, giant cases and Rubik’s cubes.
When it came to fancy dress, people truly got into the spirit with some dazzlingly colourful, flamboyant and spectacular creations. There’s no need to worry about being too over the top as the only people who got strange looks were those not in fancy dress. In between all the 80s mayhem, there’s plenty of pampering and sporting activities. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s a FlowRider surf simulator and a rock climbing wall.
However, we contented ourselves with a luxurious Swedish massage and a dip in a relaxing whirlpool. There’s no shortage of things to do with everything from a casino to miniature golf – the only problem is having enough time to cram everything in!
As for 80s music, it was unbelievably brilliant fun. Highlights included an energetic and charismatic performance from Andy Bell with his amazing voice, as well as superb singing from The Human League, OMD and Chesney Hawkes. Jason Donovan wasn’t joined by Kylie during duet Especially For You, but there was a marriage proposal during the song. Another congratulating the happy couple, Jason launched into singing Too Many Broken Hearts!
Pat Sharp came across as genuinely friendly and was an incredible MC, keeping everything gelled together. Sonia was in fine voice and looked like she hadn’t aged a day, while Captain Sensible helped steer along with the nostalgic vibes.
The food and drink on board were absolutely delicious and rivalled many top restaurants. Floating Festival packages include an a la carte restaurant and buffet dining with speciality restaurants available for an extra charge.
The drinks packages are worth booking to ensure the drinks are always flowing so you can constantly have a cocktail in hand. You might need to summon up some extra reserves of energy for all the partying, but Floating Festival cruises are definitely the grown-up way of enjoying the music festivals in luxurious style and comfort.
So successful was the venture, the Throwback Cruise for 2019 is already 75 per cent booked. Jonathan Blackburn, the founder of Floating Festivals, says: “The reaction to this year’s first ever Throwback cruise was phenomenal and it is safe to say passengers had an absolute blast. “Throwback is no ordinary music festival – you don’t have to traipse through mud and worry about your tent getting wet. Instead, our festivalgoers get to enjoy three fabulous days at sea in the lap of luxury while partying like they’re back in the 80s.”
Find out more about Throwback 80s Festival at Sea at https://floatingfestivals.co.uk/throwback/