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Once in a while, a music festival can inspire a road trip. Sure, it’s super-convenient when your favorite bands happen to stop somewhere close to home, but sometimes it’s fun to make the journey to partake in one of the biggest gatherings of music lovers around. So why not take that to a new level? Book a cruise.

Concert cruises aren’t a new idea — there have been the Rock Boat, Jam Cruise and even John Mayer’s Mayercraft — but if you follow travel news like we have, there’s reason to believe that this trend is going to take off.

In fact, the world’s largest passenger ship will set sail for a Beatles tribute cruise next year. Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas will host the 7-night Cruise for Beatles Fans 2013.A Beatles tribute band will be onboard along with other musicians — all with a Beatles connection — such as Mark Hudson, a producer for the Beatles’ Ringo Starr; Billy J. Kramer, who has recorded songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; Joey Molland, a singer from Badfinger, a band signed by the Beatles’ label.

Starting on March 3, the cruise will set off from Ft. Lauderdale and stop in the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Martin. To reserve your space, book through Boca Raton-based travel agent Angela DeDomenico. Visit for more info.

Everyone loves the Beatles, but if you’re looking for a cruise that’s a little more … modern … we’ve got great news. Coachella is taking to the high seas!

Celebrity Cruises has joined forces with Coachella organizer Goldenvoice to take music fans aboard the 2,886-passenger Celebrity Silhouette for 2 back-to-back “S.S. Coachella” cruises.

Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, Simian Mobile Disco, Z-Trip, !!!, Warpaint, Killer Mike and others will be performing. The first cruise will be a 3-night trip to the Bahamas, starting December 16 in Ft. Lauderdale, and the second cruise will be a 4-night excursion to Jamaica on December 19, also beginning in Ft. Lauderdale. Make your reservation now at Coachella’s website.

Want to plan a pilgrimage to a music festival, but cruises aren’t your thing? Check out our month-by-month guide to music festivals in the US!

Or maybe cruises are your thing, but you want to do something a little crazier? Check out our guide to the World’s Wackiest Cruises!

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