20 Reasons The Ark Cruise 2018 is Like No Other Music Festival on Earth

If there's one thing we can say about The Ark Cruise it's this; when it comes to unique festival experiences, it's in a class of it's own.

After an incredible opening year in 2017, this year The Ark will host two back-to-back festival cruises between the 30th of August to the 3rd of September, taking in port cities Barcelona, Sete, Ibiza, and Palma De Mallorca, and featuring a curated lineup of nearly 100 of the world's most epic dance music acts. Called one of the most special events on Earth last year by press and guests, we're sharing with you what makes this adventure on the Mediterranean something truly special for you to put on your calendar this year.

Without any further ado, here are 20 reasons The Ark Cruise 2018 will be like no other festival you've ever experienced...

The Ark Dancers

1. THE ARK: A FLOATING PARADISE LIKE NO OTHER

We're sure you've visited some unique festival destinations before, but we promise that you've experienced nothing like this. This year, The Ark will be held on Royal Caribbean's Vision Of The Seas, a near $1 billion-dollar floating palace that will take us on the dance music adventure of a lifetime through the stunning Mediterranean sea. With almost 800 crew on hand to take care of each and every one of our 2,500 Chosen Ones aboard, and a journey in the lap of luxury seeing some of the world's most magnificent European port cities, The Ark is about as far from a festival on land that you could possibly imagine.

2. AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY THROUGH FOUR STUNNING LOCATIONS

Whereas at most festivals you'll only experience one location, The Ark is very unique exception. Not including the ship itself (which if you do, technically there are five locations), we'll meander through four of the Mediterranean's most beautiful port cities, giving you time to leave The Ark and explore each one. From the incredible food culture and warm skies of Catalonia's capital of Barcelona in Spain, we'll wander the sea to the vibrant French port city Sète, onward to the blue-flanked island paradise of Ibiza, a short jaunt to the magnificent enclave that is Palma De Mallorca, then finally returning to Barcelona, the place of our departure. 

3. A WORLD-CLASS LINEUP OF EPIC DANCE ARTISTS

From Luciano to Loco Dice, Claptone to Camelphat, Art Department to Adriatique, Patrick Topping to Purple Disco Machine, Nastia to Nic Fanciulli, and everyone in between, the lineup of electronic artists aboard The Ark in 2018 has to be seen to be believed. With over 90 massive names from Europe and elsewhere on the globe, we've provided something for all tastes, and for every possible vibe that a dance music aficionado could want. To view the full lineup of announced artists, please click here. And stay tuned for a special guest to be unveiled very soon as well. Check out our full lineup in our YouTube announce video here:

4. LUXURY, LUXURY, LUXURY

The ship we'll use for The Ark 2018 - Vision Of The Seas - was built to be one of the most luxurious vessels to ever have sailed the waters of planet Earth, and it's that luxury you'll experience for your time as we follow a compass to paradise later on this year. From elegantly designed guest rooms, to decadent restaurants, energising on-board facilities, modern themed bars and lounges, and so much more, Vision Of The Seas will cater to your every whim when you board The Ark  in 2018.

5. THE ENTERTAINMENT ISN'T JUST LIMITED TO OUR ARTISTS

Of course, one of the main highlights to attending The Ark in 2018 are our epic dance music acts, however you'd be wrong in thinking that's all there is to experience when you board. The Ark features a range of facilities like a spa and wellness centre, theatre, casino, rock climbing wall, mini golf, swimming pools, solarium, whirlpools, table tennis, and so much more. Trust us when we say there will never be a dull moment when you embark on the adventure of a lifetime with us later this year.

6. A PLACE TO UNWIND, RELAX, HEAL AND REJUVENATE

The Ark isn't just a music festival, it's a full-on summer holiday experience on the Mediterranean. And it wouldn't be a holiday without you being able to kick back, spend some time relaxing, and taking the load of the world off your shoulders. Spend some time basking in the sun on one of the ship's many decks as we leave the world behind, spend some time nourishing your body in the spa on board, partake in a fitness regimen at the fitness centre or by going for a run on the above-deck track, take a stroll on the beach in Ibiza, Barcelona or one of our other ports during our time on land, or simply catch up on some sleep by not getting out of bed until after midday. However you choose to rejuvenate yourself on The Ark, the possibilities are endless.

7. THE PHENOMENAL ENERGY

One thing that's hard to explain about The Ark, is the incredible vibe, energy, and thrilling excitement that permeates every part of the event. As it's difficult to put it into words, we think it needs to be seen to even begin to interpret the feeling on board, and there's no better way for you to do than to paste your eyes on our 2017 aftermovie. In short, it's the closest you'll get to being there.

8. YOUR TICKET PRICE: TRULY ALL-INCLUSIVE

At most festivals, your ticket price grants you no more than your entry into the event. However, when you book your place on The Ark in 2018, you'll be pleasantly surprised with what you're getting. Your entry includes your luxurious accommodation aboard The Ark for your entire time on board, all meals and snacks in our fully-catered restaurants, non-carbonated beverages, all the event's music and entertainment, access to almost all the ship's facilities at no extra charge, a The Ark 2018 goodie bag on arrival, taxes and government charges, and so much more. Unlike other events, you won't have to worry about what's included when you attend The Ark Cruise in 2018.

9. INCREDIBLE RESTAURANTS INCLUDED IN YOUR TICKET

Aboard The Ark, there's no lining up for food vendors, no loading a wristband to pay for your food, and no having to deal with nothing but deep-fried food trucks as you do at most music festivals. Included in your ticket price are a host of tantilising restaurants, where you'll be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner each day, all as part of your ticket price. Whether you decide to dine in the multi-level main dining room, the endless buffet in the Windjammer Cafe, or the modern deli items at the Park Cafe, as well as 24/7 room service, you'll never go hungry aboard The Ark.

The Ark Main Stage

10. THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF THE ARK

Boarding The Ark isn't just your commitment to join us for a few days on the Mediterranean, it's an invitation to truly become a part what it means to be one of our Chosen Ones as we leave the rest of the world behind. The 10 Commandments of The Ark are a philosophy to embrace for us all to make the most of our time together at sea.

11. SOME THE PLANET'S BIGGEST NAMES IN DANCE MUSIC HOSTING OUR STAGES

In 2018, we're bringing some of the world's most impressive dance music brands with us on board, to ensure your experience of electronica will truly be second-to-none. Our stage hosts this year include Ministry Of Sound, Burn Residency, Groove Cruise, Cafe D'Anvers, Versuz, Deep House Amsterdam, and many more, which with us will combine to make for days of aural pleasure that cannot be matched. View all our 2018 stage hosts here.

12. THE COMFORTS OF YOUR OWN ROOM ON BOARD

Let's face it: we've all had the experince camping at a normal music festival, or booking a hotel close to whatever standard event you've decided to go to this summer. Having to leave the main festival area, a damp, wet, or sweltering-hot tent, long lines to use the bathrooms or showers, the possibility of having your stuff stolen, waking up to your bed filled with ants or spiders... you get the picture, we all know what festival camping can be like. But even if you've got a hotel near the festival of your choosing, you still need to leave the festival site, travel potentially long distances back to get some rest, wait for transport, or pay for a cab. None of these issues will you find aboard The Ark. Apart from being included in your ticket price, each guest room is fitted out above-and-beyond what you'd expect for a similar hotel room, resplendent with luxury fittings, your own shower, bathroom, in-room entertainment, complimentary room service, and so much more. Anytime you need to recuperate from a night of dancing, you'll have your own secure and welcoming cain to return to, only a short walk from any location on the ship.

13. WAIT, DID YOU SAY COMPLIMENTARY ROOM SERVICE?

Yes, that wasn't a typo. If you're not feeling up to exploring some of The Ark's incredible dining options (which remember, are almost all included in the price of your ticket), or simply wanna sate your hunger in the comfort of your own room, 24/7 room service is available to all guests aboard The Ark 2018. You'll only have to cover the delivery fee and a gratuity, otherwise you can eat to your heart's delight without ever having to leave your bed.

Vision Of The Seas

14. STELLAR UPGRADES TO YOUR EATING EXPERIENCE

If you want an even more elevated dining experience on The Ark, there's much more on offer this year on Vision Of The Seas. At an additional cost, you can enjoy fine dining experiences from restaurants like Chop's Grille, Chef's Table, Izumi Japanese, and many others, or even head into Ben & Jerry's for some ice cream. You can check out all the info on the food options both included and at an extra cost on The Ark by heading to the overview on our ship's dining options.

15. TWO SENSATIONAL BACK-TO-BACK CRUISES

In 2017, The Ark sailed only once, for four days and three nights. This year in 2018 however, we're giving you the potential to double your time on the world's most epic electronic event at sea. With two voyages sailing back-to-back, you could potentially join us for the first sailing between the 30th of August and 3rd of September, before doing it all over again between the 3rd of September and 7th of September. For a total of up to nine days and eight nights on the sea with us, it's possible for you to escape aboard The Ark for a sensational amount of time.

16. STAY FOR ONE NIGHT, FOUR NIGHTS, OR MORE

For those with a limited amount of time, and who can't join us for a full four night, five day voyage, you can still experience almost all The Ark has to offer in 2018. For as little as €149 for two days and one night on board (including everything included in longer tickets), you're able to join our Chosen Ones for the voyage of a lifetime, albeit, a slightly shorter one. Feel free to check out all of the sailing options on our website.

17. OUR OWN CELEBRITY RESTAURANTS COMING ABOARD

Adding on top of the food included in your ticket price, and the additionally paid restaurants on board in 2018, we're also privileged to welcome several world-renowned chefs and their restaurants on The Ark this year. From the mind of celebrated ched Rom Blaauw comes two of his restaurants Ron Gastrobar Oriental, and Ron Gastrobar Indonesia, delivering a colourful taste of Asia to our guests. For those craving a taste of the ocean, Belgium's celebrated Osterput will be bringing fresh tastes of the sea aboard including lobster, oysters, fish, mussels, and much more as part of a variety of sensational seafood dishes. Again from Belgium, Michelin-starred chef Michael Vrijmoed will attend The Ark, featuring his mastery of pure contemporary flavours. Finally, from Amsterdam, the renowned Chin Chin Club will showcase their refined Asian menu to our guests. For full information on our special guest chefs and their menus, please see here.

18. ENDLESS OFF-SHORE EXPERIENCES

Unlike other events, the world is your oyster when you join us on The Ark this year. As we've already mentioned, we'll be docking and spending time on dry land in Barcelona, Sete, Ibiza, and Palma De Mallorca during The Ark Cruise 2018, meaning you'll have all that these incredible cities offer at your beck-and-call during our time at each one. Imagine the options: sipping a cocktail by the pool in a day club or swimming in the Med's crystal clear water in Ibiza, sampling some of the best seafood the world has to offer or exploring castles and cathedrals in Mallorca, tapas tasting or taking in the architecture in Barcelona, or museum and history tours or the glories of French cuisine in Sète - regardless of what you decide, it's not just what's happening on board that'll draw you in.

19. CUSTOMISING YOUR ADVENTURE

Although even the most affordable tickets to board The Ark include everything you'll need for an incredible adventure on the sea, there are always ways you can upgrade to add even more excitement or luxury. Whether splashing out on an ocean view cabin, balcony cabin, or a fully decked-out suite, or adding additional perks to your ticket as part of our silver and gold programs, there are a range of additional options available on our pricing page.

20. MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME

When you become one of our nearly 5,000 Chosen Ones this year, and sail over 1,500km with us as part of our legendary discovery of dance music in 2018, we guarantee you'll make new friends, and craft incredible memories that will last a lifetime. And we're sure we can all agree, that alone will bring value to your life beyond measure.

Final places and room options are available now for The Ark Cruises 2018. Secure your place today for our first voyage (30th August to 3rd September) or second voyage (3rd September to 7th September) while you still can.

More information can be found via The Ark's 2018 website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Instagram.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard for the adventure of a lifetime on the sea!