70,000 Tons Of Metal

70,000 Tons of Metal is a heavy metal festival cruise that takes place on the MS Majesty Of The Seas, journeying from Miami, around Cuba to the Cayman Islands and back again, with live music and entertainment taking place along the way.

The festival prides itself in featuring the best of metal and heavier sub genres, for those who fancy enjoying their riffs on the sea.

Rumours

2014 dates have been confirmed Dark Tranquillity, Death Angel, Finntroll, Overkill, Septicflesh, Soilwork, Symphony X with more to be announced.

Lineup

2014: The first seven acts to be confirmed are

As this will be the last time 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will be sailing on the “Majesty of the Seas”, they have a very special treat for all you Sailors: Everyone that becomes a ticketed and paid passenger before July 27, 2013 will be able to vote where they are going to steer that old lady.

Vibe

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.

Make no mistake this is no regular cruise, imagine the ultimate gathering of metal brothers and sisters, on a cruise ship that rumour suggest beat their weekly alcohol sales record before they left the first port.

On boards there are tons of live shows, some indoors, some outdoors with open mic nights taking place, giving the guests a chance to entertain.

Other perks include bars that apparently 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 almost 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, metal karaoke, belly flop contests, a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre, duty free shops, hot tubs and music workshops with the bands.

There is also a day spent in George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands, where you can swim with sting rays, visit a turtle farm, go kayaking, snorkeling, take a walk on Seven Mile Beach or go to Hell (a village on the island).

You will often find that some bands will treat guests to two performances, one each day on a different stage. The 2011 cruise saw Voivod, Nevermore, Marduk, Circle II Circle, Tyr, Forbidden, Marduk, Swashbuckle and Uli Jon Roth do exactly that.

Tickets

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$319 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!

Stop thinking! You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done. Go to www.70000tons.com for more information and get ready to book your cabin on Monday April 8th at 5PM EST!

VIP

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

This is a 21+ event

Disability Access

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Weather

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Accommodation

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 in doubles, triples and quad, single tickets are available but you will be in a shared room, matched with someone of the same gender.

Room choices vary from:

Interior: Standard room available in double/twin, triple and quad.

Ocean View: A Standard room with a nice view available in double/twin, triple and quad.

Superior Ocean View: This is clearly a room for couples or perhaps best buddies, as it is only available in Double/Twin.

Balcony Suite: A nice perk to this room is that it has a private balcony and is available in double/twin and Triple.

Grand Suite: this one has a very large private balcony and is available in double/twin, triple and quad.

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 Johnny Rockets Specialty Diner 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.

What to wear

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Site Information

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, ranging from formal à la carte dining rooms, endless buffets at the Windjammer, 24h pizza at Sorrento's, a sushi-bar, grills 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.

Trade at the festival

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Trivia

This is actually quite a young festival originating in 2011, when it first took place in Jaunary 24-28, 2,038 fans attended the festival which had a line-up of 43 bands.

The ship had to unexpectedly restock on alcohol when they got to Mexico, as the metalheads on-board had nearly drained all the supplies.

The previous two (2011 and 2012) both left from Miami FL, but the first one sailed to Cozumel, Mexico and back (not to Grand Cayman Island and back as the 2012 edition).

Past lineups

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.