It seem that Bud Light has abandoned their Bud Light Cruise, well sort of. Since 2008 Bud Light has annually charted a cruise ship for a 3 night party cruise. Most recently calling it the Bud Light Port Paradise Music Festival. However since the last cruise in 2012, there has been no announcement of an upcoming one. Instead Bud Light spent the summer of 2013 promoting its Music First event, which feature a music festival in every state on the same day. Yet, there were rumors that Bud Light was negotiating with cruise lines for another ship charter. But now it seems that was for a different concept, the Bud Light Hotel for the Super Bowl.
On November 11, Bud Light announced they will be use a cruise ship as a floating hotel during the Super Bowl in New York City, calling it the Bud Light Hotel. They have set up other Bud Light Hotels for large Super Bowl parties, but this is the first time using a cruise ship. Access is invite only and mainly for Anheuser-Busch’s business partners, however a few ticket can be won via a sweepstakes (http://budlightluckykeysweeps.young-america.com/home). They’ll have an impressive musical line including Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy, Run DMC, Busta Rhymes, and Jake Qwens.
So how did a Bud Light Cruise Compare to an Open Bar Cruise? They both have themed parties, and been hosted on the same ships with the same itinerary. The big plus for the Bud Light Cruise were the music events, but the negative was the luck and work it took to win a chance to by a ticket for $190. The big plus for an Open Bar Cruise is that it is open bar the whole weekend, and all your friends can go. There is no need to win a chance to buy a ticket. Costs for the Bud Light Cruise is $190, add about $250 (or more) for drinks equaling $440 total; total price for the Open Bar Cruise starts at $376.