The Bud Light Cruise faithful are anxiously waiting news on a 2013 Bud Light cruise. Some are wonder if there will be one. Good news, according to friend at Royal Caribbean, yes the planning is under way. Details are expected to be announced in May 2013.
I’ve tried to figure out the ship and sail date by looking for holes in ships’ scheduled itineraries. I didn’t see any holes in the neither the Majesty of the Seas or the Enchantment of the Seas (which replaced Monarch of the Seas in Port Canaveral) schedules, which suggests that it won’t be on the ships that Royal Caribbean uses for their 3 night Bahamas cruises.
Since 2008 Bud Light has hosted its Bud Light Cruise, with 3 night of partying on Royal Caribbean ships from Florida to the Bahamas. Last year they strengthened the music aspect of the cruise by hosting two music events during the cruise, one on Paradise Island in Nassau Bahamas, and the other on CoCo Cay Bahamas. The lineup included Pitbull, Far East Movement, Flo Ride, Young the Giant, and All American Rejects, though Pitbull ended up being a no show.
Passengers on Bud Light Cruises need to win an opportunity buy a cruise ticket for about $190. A past Bud Light cruise passenger explain that many people many spend hours on Facebook trying to win a chance to get on the cruise, by setting up “crews” of 4 people. Each unique crew is an entry into the contest. Also active herself in the Facebook Bud Light Cruise groups, she knew of one person who entered over 40 thousand crews, yet failed to win the sweepstakes.
I ask if Bud Light was free during the cruise. She explained that free only during special events, and that many of the passengers try to stock up on the Bud Light by taking them to their staterooms during those events. She stated that though she is not a heavy, she still had a $250 bar tab at the end of the cruise.
So how does the Bud Light cruise compare to an Open Bar Cruise? They have both been on same ships, with the same itineraries. Both have themed parties. The big plus for the Bud Light Cruise are the music events, but the negative is the work and luck it takes to get on the cruise. The plus for the Open Bar Cruise is the open bar, and not needing win a ticket to it. 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 $399.
I’ve requested and have been waiting additional details from my contact at Royal Caribbean about the next Bud Light Cruise. I have yet to get any specifics. Now that Bud-Light has wrapped up its Music First promotion last week, if there is going to be cruise this year, I’d expect an announcement soon.
Today Bud Light announced that they will be using a cruise ship as a party hotel known as the “Bud Light Hotel” in New York for the next Super Bowl. It will on the brand new Norwegian Breakaway. Access to the party is invite only, for Anheuser-Busch’s business partners. There has been no announcement if anyone can win a ticket to the party which will also spill over onto the on the deck of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Intrepid.