Heading out to sea one more time

ASIA’S largest music festival at sea, It’s The Ship (ITS), is back for the third year running, with new dates, a new destination and a promise of an even bigger line-up aboard the luxurious Royal Caribbean International cruise liner Mariner of the Seas.

The Livescape Group announced Wednesday that the world’s second largest EDM cruise festival, will be making a return.

The four-day, three-night floating vacation cum music festival is set to depart from the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore on Nov 4, crossing international waters on the straits of Malacca, sailing to the Pearl of the Orient, Penang for the first time, before returning to Singapore on Nov 7.

As a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, Penang is regarded by many to be the food paradise of Malaysia and is well-known for its vibrant arts scene and heritage sites.

The organisers are also working to engage with the state’s tourism department to provide guests of ITS 2016 with some exciting surprises in Penang.

“We’re excited to be bringing ITS back for the third time and we’re making a couple of significant changes to provide fans with a refreshed experience,” The Livescape Group chief executive officer Muhammad Iqbal said.

“I think when we announce our line-up in May, fans are going to be pretty excited because we’re looking at some very exciting big and recognisable names this year. No doubt, it is going to be our biggest line-up to-date.”

Last year’s festival saw some of the world’s biggest EDM headliners perform, with the likes of Kaskade, Showtek, Ferry Corsten, Carnage, Headhunterz, Will Sparks, and Peking Duk joining more than 50 other international and regional acts on the line-up.

The festival, which was a sold-out event, also saw 3,800 fans from across 50 countries rub shoulders with some of EDM’s most recognisable faces.

“One reason why cruise festivals are gaining in popularity is because it focuses a lot on the fan experience. On ITS, we put a lot of effort into activating various intimate activities with the acts to allow fans to interact and engage with them on a personal level.

“In fact through our past events, some of our guests have even ended up becoming friends with some of the acts by the end of the cruise,” Iqbal said.

ITS 2016 will take place from Nov 4 to 7 aboard the prestigious Royal Caribbean International cruise liner, Mariner of the Seas.

The 15-deck cruise liner is one of the world’s largest and features a casino, rock climbing wall that overlooks the sea, a full-sized basketball court, ice-skating rink, mini golf course, video game arcade, a duty-free shopping promenade, full-service day spa, 10 pools and whirlpools, and 17 bars, clubs and lounges.

Cabins for ITS 2016 have gone on sale and are priced per person from US$412 (excluding port fees and gratuities) or US$49 per month via a seven-month instalment plan (with a US$250 down-payment) for an early bird interior stateroom to US$2,888 or US$374 per month on an seven-month instalment plan (with a US$450 deposit) for a luxurious Royal Family Suite.

In conjunction with the launch, a 30% Early Bird discount is on offer for all cabins (except Royal Family Suite, Owner’s Suite and Family Ocean View cabins) for the first 300 cabin purchasers.

Cabin prices are inclusive of complimentary 24-hour dining and room service, selected non-alcoholic beverages and free usage of most of the ship’s facilities.

For details and to purchase cabins, visit www.itstheship.com or follow ITS at www.facebook.com/itstheship or on Instagram at @itstheship

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