There are many oceans and many ships, but 70000TONS OF METAL is different: We spare no expense to remove seats in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? On 70000TONS OF METAL you get unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, not just one show per band with assigned seating based on which cabin category you booked. On 70000TONS OF METAL everyone is a VIP and you can come and go to any and all events as you please. With 60 Bands on board, this means you get access to 120 shows, our Metal Karaoke until sunrise, the All Star Jam, Clinics and Work-Shops with the musicians on board, our infamous Belly Flop Contest, Bars that never close, yes, you heard right: Bars that never close! Two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with your favorite artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!.
70000TONS OF METAL has already confirmed: Annihilator, Apocalyptica, Arch Enemy, Blind Guardian, Cannibal Corpse, Chimaira, Ensiferum, Equilibrium, Grave Digger, Heathen, In Extremo, Korpiklaani, Origin, Therion, Threshold, and Xentrix, with 44 more to come!
Whether you’re a metal newbie looking to understand the wider aspects of the genre, or a seasoned metal fan knowledgeable in all sub genres and fusions, 70,000 Tons Of Metal prides itself in providing a vast and worthy line-up.
Black metal, death metal, folk metal, gothic metal, heavy metal, power metal, thrash metal, Viking metal, and so much more can be found at this festival.
70000TONS OF METAL is the ultimate gathering of metal brothers and sisters, on a cruise ship that rumor suggest beat their weekly alcohol sales record before they left the first port.
Andy Piller, 70000TONS OF METAL's Skipper states: “I want to make sure the intimacy between the bands and the fans does not change in our new environment. When we had 2000 cruisers we booked 40 bands. Now we will have 3000 cruisers which means we will be inviting 60 bands to perform!”
Other perks include bars that never close, and being in such close proximity to the bands playing, many attendees get the opportunity to bump into their heroes and have photos and share jokes with them. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass.
Another thing that adds to the friendly metal-hood atmosphere is the lack of a dominant age, because of its appeal, those attending come from all backgrounds and are all ages.
For a more visual explanation of what the event is like, check out this fan's perspective video sent to us via Twitter!
Stages and other entertainment
As well as the different music stages on board, including a poolside stage, there is a casino, heavy metal karaoke, belly flop contests, a swimming pool, spa and fitness center, duty free shops, hot tubs and music workshops with the bands.
There is also a day spent in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Each band plays two performances, so every cruiser has the opportunity to see each band without conflicts.
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$333 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24h room service!
There is not VIP or Backstage passes as the festival wants the ethos of everybody being the same and enjoying the highlights together, with many of the bands spotted around the ship partying with their fellow sailors.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and there are child friendly activities on board.
There are many accessible cabins on board.
Travel partners are available on the website
There are a selection of rooms available on the ship, with many options selling out well in advance of the festival.
Naturally as cruises are quite expensive, however 70,000 Tons of Metal do offer a payment plan where you could make four monthly payments, which result with you earning a 25% discount of the grand total price.
Rooms are available for up to eight people. Single tickets are available but you will be in a shared room, matched with someone of the same gender.
Included with the ticket price are all shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, port charges, service charges, government taxes, meals, un-bottled non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, daily room service and on-board entertainment.
Not included in the ticket price are alcoholic, carbonated and bottled beverages, also note that there is a small cover charge for Specialty restuarants and Late Night Room-Service after Midnight.
Any purchases and services of personal nature, such as services at the day spa, phone and in-ternet access etc. are NOT included.
The ticket includes all ocean transportation, daily room service, and access to all onboard entertainment.
Smoking is permitted only in designated areas that are located in the open air.
All onboard expenditure will be charged to your onboard expense card, which will be topped up beforehand.
Food and drink
There is a large choice of food in several restaurants and even 24h room service in your private cabin.
There are more than a dozen bars on board, some of which remain open 24 hours a day.
The ship had to unexpectedly restock on alcohol when they got to Mexico, as the metalheads on-board had nearly drained all the supplies.
2014 had 41 bands including Carcass, Death To All, Fear Factory, D.R.I., Leaves Eyes, Cynic and more
The 2013 line-up included Anacrusis, Die Apokalptischen Reiter, Doro, Helstar, Immolation, In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Nile, Sabaton and Subway To Sally. Click here to view the full line-up
2012 line up fincludes Alestorm, Cannibal Corpse, Children Of Bodom, Coroner and Hammerfall. To see the full line-up click here.
2011 was the launch year and the head-liners included Exodus, Gamma Ray, Dusk Trouble, Epica, Fear Factory, Arsis, Voivod, Nevermore, Cripper, Swashbuckle and Circle II Circle, full details of the line-up can be found here.