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Breaking Benjamin headlines Axes & Anchors music cruise with Motionless In White, Zakk Wylde, and more

Breaking Benjamin headlines Axes & Anchors music cruise with Motionless In White, Zakk Wylde, and more
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From a press release:

Coming off of their recent No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart in the U.S. with “Dark Before Dawn” last week, Breaking Benjamin have been confirmed to headline the inaugural Axes & Anchors music cruise, which is set to depart Miami on Feb. 20, 2016 and sail to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas before returning Feb. 24. This will be the first time the band will perform on a music cruise.

They will be playing two live sets, host a Q&A session for fans, and hold a meet-and-greet for passengers, along with other activities on the ship. Cabins (tickets) for what is being billed as “the first-ever guitar-dominated music cruise” are available at or by calling 775-600-2937.

Breaking Benjamin joins an already impressive lineup of previously announced performers, including fellow Northeastern Pennsylvania rockers Motionless In White, Mike Orlando (who recently joined A Beautiful Disaster with some local musicians), Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Alex Skolnick, Tony MacAlpine, Adelitas Way, Randy Rhoads Remembered, Tracii Guns, Gilby Clarke, Dario Lorina, Aranda, Black Knight’s Castle featuring Joe Stump, Falling Through April, and Gabriel Ayala. More artists will be announced over the coming weeks.

The cruise guarantees fans plenty of opportunities for meeting and hanging with their favorite bands on board, including private music lessons and free workshops on topics ranging from guitar and vocals to concert photography to stage clothing construction. Passengers are encouraged to bring their guitars on board for workshops and jam sessions. A total of 28 workshops are listed online, with more to be added before Axes & Anchors sets sail in February.

“Breaking Benjamin is the perfect headliner for our festival that already includes Flyleaf, Motionless In White, Thousand Foot Krutch, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, and several other notable artists and bands,” says Axes & Anchors co-owner Ann Squire.

“Our lineup lives up to our promise – the first-ever guitar-dominated music cruise – and is diverse enough to give Axes & Anchors something for everyone.”

The five days and four nights cruise will take place on the Carnival Victory and offers free gourmet food and 24-hour room service, live comedy and theater shows daily, and 40 live concerts on multiple stages. It also has three large swimming pools: King of the Seas, Triton, and Sirens, all including whirlpools in the immediate area. There is also a 214-foot-long “Twister” waterslide that ends next to the King of the Seas pool. The cruise ship also has 13 bars, a salon/spa, a fitness center, and more amenities available.

All reservations include 4-nights lodging and taxes, all meals, all concerts, all open workshops, a professional photo opportunity with every artist, and more. Current promotions include a $150 per person rebate by paying in full, and the recently announced Stowaway Package, which allows third and fourth passengers in a cabin who are under 21 to cruise for free when accompanied by two passengers over 25 years old.