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Full Metal Cruise: Heavy Metal on the High Seas

  1. Sea Tour
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    Sea Tour

    In early May, luxury liner Mein Schiff 1 (pictured) set sail on the Full Metal Cruise, a seven-day round-trip voyage from Hamburg to Southampton via Amsterdam. Europe’s biggest heavy metal cruise is operated by TUI Cruises, a venture between Europe’s largest tour operator TUI and Miami-based Royal Caribbean.

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  2. Fans' Farewell
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    Fans' Farewell

    The music lured about 2,000 metal fans to the Mein Schiff 1. Most were first-time cruisers. The average passenger age was 39; the typical age skew on a European ship is 45 to 65.

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  3. Roadie Cases
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    Roadie Cases

    The Full Metal Cruise was organized in part to drum up publicity and counter prejudice about cruises in a demographic that may have previously had reservations about them, says Godja Soennichsen, a TUI Cruises spokeswoman.

    Pictured, band equipment awaits loading.

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  4. Beer Me
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    Beer Me

    Per-head beer consumption was 16 liters, more than six times that of an average voyage.

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  5. Onboard Tattoos
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    Onboard Tattoos

    An onboard tattoo artist did a brisk business.

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  6. Metal Fest
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    Metal Fest

    Twenty-plus heavy metal acts, including Betontod (pictured), rocked the waves for a week.

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  7. After Hours
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    After Hours

    Customized features of the Full Metal Cruise were well-received. “After-hours heavy metal karaoke was especially popular,” says Soennichsen.

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  8. Gamma Ray
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    Gamma Ray

    Rays of sunshine in the afternoon, German metal band Gamma Ray at night.

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  9. Kreator Kruise
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    Kreator Kruise

    Among the attractions, German thrash metal band Kreator.

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