Bruise Cruise Festival is back!

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You may have seen the photos, heard the rumors, and maybe you even know one of the lucky few who were actually on board. Well, here’s your chance to live the dream and experience the best vacation of your life.

Bruise Cruise is a three-day tropical rock extravaganza. Back for an even wilder year, BC2 will take place on Feb 10-13, 2012, on board the Carnival Imagination® cruise ship, sailing from Miami, Florida, to Nassau, Bahamas, and back. Bands on board will include Fucked Up, King Khan & The Shrines, The Soft Pack, The Dirtbombs, Thee Oh Sees, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Neil Hamburger, DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin, and other amazing acts to be announced soon.

Book your rock vacation (or Valentine’s getaway!) now.

Tickets will be limited, with less than 500 spots available. All cabins are double occupancy, but singles are welcome. Check the Bruisers page, where you just might find your future cabin mate.

What to expect

Photo by Rebecca Smeyne

The festival will include multiple concerts at sea, a party on the Bahamas island, open-bar cocktail hours, a soul dance-off with cash prizes, comedy shows, lectures, workshops, and a puppetry breakfast hour with Miss Pussycat. Amenities featured on board include: Casinos, resort-style pools, hot tubs, miniature golf, water parks, fine dining, all-you-can-eat buffets, and more. The price of one ticket will cover all entertainment, lodging, meals, limited-edition vinyl, Bruiser gift bags, and even some drinks.

Last year’s crew of “Bruisers” featured an interesting array of top music fans, including John Norris (MTV/Noisevox), Terre T (WFMU), Pro-Surfers Alek Parker & Dylan Graves, and Ben Blackwell & Ko Melina of The Dirtbombs, among others.

New York Magazine, NME, Spin, Filter,, Noisevox, Huffington Post, Brooklyn Vegan, Broward Palm Beach New Times, Jalouse (France), Flavorpill, and Grooveshark were all on board to witness the inaugural high-seas spectacle.

In only 72 hours at sea, garage rockers went wild, honeymooners swooned, ten thousand cocktails flowed, one successful marriage proposal occurred during a Ty Segall set, another couple met, fell in love, and are now engaged, 15 people got custom Bruiser stick & poke tattoos, one Black Lips video was made, two documentaries were filmed, and countless other memories sailed into oblivion.

Here’s what people are saying:

“I went on the Bruise Cruise and it blew my mind…” – Kim Drezdon, 2011 Bruiser

“I went on the Bruise Cruise and fell in love with rock and roll all over again.” – John Reed, 2011 Bruiser

“The Bruise Cruise wasn’t like every other festival. No one knew what to expect. It was absolutely crazy. The alcohol flowed, the music was awesome, and by the end of the cruise everyone was family.” – Ian Witlen, Spin Magazine

“Everyone who’s asked, rocker and civilian alike, gives the Bruise Cruise a positive review” – Amos Barshad, New York Magazine

“It exceeded my expectations a millionfold” – Ryan Sambol, The Strange Boys

“I wish this wouldn’t end. It’s indie rock summer camp. No one wants to say goodbye. We’re toasting marshmallows. Except instead of toasting marshmallows, we’re drinking Crown Royal out of a bottle. Nothing will quite compare to this first time.

Everyone will remember this festival as our Woodstock.” – Broward Palm Beach New Times

“I will definitely be here next year. If we don’t play, I’m paying. I’m coming.” – Katy Goodman, Vivian Girls

Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas and Panama.