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KISS Cruise (AKA the KISS Kruise)
Concert on the 2018 Kiss Kruise (Photo: Will Byington/Sixthman)

KISS Cruise (AKA the KISS Kruise)

KISS Cruise (AKA the KISS Kruise)
Concert on the 2018 Kiss Kruise (Photo: Will Byington/Sixthman)
Chris Gray Faust
Managing Editor
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Now in its 10th year, the KISS Kruise will be rocking the high seas again in 2021. Here's what you need to know, from how to get onboard to what you can expect once you're there.

General Info

The KISS Kruise X will take place in November 2021, with exact ship and port details to come. The 2020 cruise was pushed back a year because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Concert on the 2018 Kiss Kruise (Photo: Will Byington/Sixthman)

Lineup and Highlights

KISS, duh.

On past cruises, the band has been joined by other rock musicians, including former KISS members Ace Frehley (the 2018 cruise marked the first time he had played with the band in 17 years) and Bruce Kulick, Skid Row, Night Ranger, Lita Ford and Extreme. In 2019, two of the original members -- Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley -- joined Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer for the cruise. (Fun fact: KISS emerged from a band that Simmons and Stanley started way back in 1971!)

Naturally, KISS' performances are highlights. Every passenger sees one general admission KISS show on the pool deck. The band also plays two nights in the ship's Stardust Theater. Ticketing works like this: two guests in each cabin receive a ticket for one show. If more people are bunking in the cabin, they have to pay extra for an indoor show ticket. You can't buy a ticket to another indoor show; the limit is one per person. If someone in the cabin doesn't love KISS, they can give up their ticket for onboard credit.

Besides concerts, the KISS Kruise typically features theme nights (KISS makeup is always in style), game shows, cooking demos, Q & A panels and autograph sessions with the band members (although you are no longer guaranteed a photo). Passengers also have access to a showcase room, where they can see the band's instruments, drumming contests, vow renewals with Gene Simmons, KISS memorabilia swaps and karaoke contests. Past cruises have also had tattoo parlors onboard.

Autograph signing on the 2018 Kiss Kruise (Photo: Will Byington/Sixthman)

Onboard Vibe

All KISS, all the time. The band calls their cruise fans the "KISS Navy" -- a play on the KISS Army on land. Passengers receive dog tags outlining their status: Sailor for first-timers, all the way up to Elite Fleet Lieutenant for the die-hard ninth cruise veterans. Remember, this is the band that wants to rock and roll all night and party everyday ... so bring a rested liver. That being said, a fair number of KISS fans are grandparents now, so the kids club is open and available.

Who Would Like It

KISS fans and those who love them are ideal candidates for this voyage. (KISS is a band where the fan base skews male, and many guys travel with their buddies.) It's also a good fit for hard and classic rock music lovers and partiers, albeit those of a certain age. Families raising hard-rocking kids are also welcome.

Costumes on the 2018 Kiss Kruise (Photo: Will Byington/Sixthman)

How to Book

This cruise is run by Sixthman, a theme cruise operator owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Bookings are done via

www.thekisskruise.com

, and currently fans eligible for the pre-sale can choose their cabins. Bookings open to the public on February 7, 2020. This cruise generally sells out, but you can always be added to the wait list if you miss your chance.

Want even more info about music at sea? Check our page on

music theme cruises

.

Updated May 14, 2020

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