Full Metal Cruise
Treads Water

Wacken Open Air chief Thomas Jensen’s bid to “bring a real metal festival to the sea” appears to be treading water after its first voyage, but the German promoter expects the Full Metal Cruise to return in 2015.

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performing on the Full Metal Cruise

Jensen tells Pollstar that the main problem was finding a route for 2014.

This year the inaugural boat trip ran May 5-12, departing the German North Sea port of Hamburg and calling at Southampton in the UK, Le Havre in France and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, before heading back home.

There were landside shows in every port and even more metal acts aboard the ship.

The big attraction for the metal heads was the chance to meet and chat with the musicians also making the trip.

The musicians ran music workshops and there was also typical cruise ship entertainment such as karaoke.

More than 2,000 passengers joined the voyage and Bloomberg reported they chugged down about 16 litres of beer per head, “more than six times that of an average voyage.”

The beer was included in the price of euro 1,400 ($1,880) per head, which also covered accommodations, concerts and meals.

Bands performing on either land or aboard the ship included SepulturaGamma RaySaxon, and Sabaton.