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.

Courtesy TUI Cruises

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.

Courtesy TUI Cruises

Full Metal Cruise: Heavy Metal on the High Seas

Sea Tour
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.

Courtesy TUI Cruises
Fans' Farewell
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.

Courtesy TUI Cruises
Roadie Cases
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.

Courtesy TUI Cruises
Beer Me
Beer Me

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

Courtesy TUI Cruises
Onboard Tattoos
Onboard Tattoos

An onboard tattoo artist did a brisk business.

Courtesy TUI Cruises
Metal Fest
Metal Fest

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

Courtesy TUI Cruises
After Hours
After Hours

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

Courtesy TUI Cruises
Gamma Ray
Gamma Ray

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

Courtesy TUI Cruises
Kreator Kruise
Kreator Kruise

Among the attractions, German thrash metal band Kreator.

Courtesy TUI Cruises