Holy Ship! is an annual three-night, four-day electronic dance music festival held aboard a 4,000 capacity cruise ship, which leaves out of PortMiami in Miami, FL.[2] 2016 will mark the event’s fifth year since its inception in 2012,[3] as well as the second year the event debuts two sailings; the first is held in January, with the second sailing occurring in February. The event kicks off with a pre-party held in Miami the night before disembarkation, featuring DJ artists that sail out with the music cruise the following morning.[4]

Itinerary

The cruise leaves out of PortMiami and travels to the Bahamas, making a stop on a private island for an all-day beach party and then either spending a day at sea or stopping in Nassau, Bahamas prior to arriving back to Miami. The event is put on by music production companies Cloud 9 Adventures, HARD, and The Bowery Presents.[5]

The private island party features a daytime dance party, with an un-announced artist arriving by helicopter and a lineup of DJs performing on the island. Historically, the event has sold out in the pre-booking phase, in which previous guests receive a token and are allowed to book prior to a general on-sale.[6] Previous headliners for the festival cruise include Skrillex, Knife Party, A-Trak, Zedd, Flume, Boys Noize, Rusko, Steve Aoki, Fatboy Slim, and Pretty Lights. Special guest appearances include Pharrell Williams, Kaskade, Disclosure, and Tiesto.[7] In addition to music, the event hosts a variety of artist-led activities and workshops.[8]

Non-Profit Division

The non-profit division of Holy Ship!, Positive Legacy, holds a silent auction during the event, in which the proceeds are donated to current Positive Legacy service projects. Positive Legacy is a 501(c)(3) charity organization committed to integrating live music and service by taking actions that positively impact people and the environment in the communities they visit.[9] In addition to the auction, Positive Legacy also offers guests the chance to offset their carbon emissions from traveling on the cruise, as well as holding a donation drive for the Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel in Nassau.[10]

History

Holy Ship Jan 2016
Dates: January 3–6, 2016
Vessel: MSC Divina
Ports: Miami, FL; Coco Cay, Bahamas
Lineup: Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Odesza, Steve Aoki, Robin Schulz, Tommy Trash, Griz, Rudimental (DJ set), Gorgon City (DJ set), Hudson Mohawke, Brodinski, Justin Martin, Destructo, MK, GTA, Bakermat (DJ set), Jack Beats, Kill the Nosie, Jackmaster, Ryan Hemsworth, Rustie, Valentino Khan, Lee Foss, Skream, Mr. Carmack, Slow Magic, Hannah Wants, Motez, Djemba, Djemba, Lane 8, Peking Duk, Wax Motif, Patrick Topping, Riva Starr, AC Slater, Tommy Kruise, Doorly, Jai Wolf, Wiwek, Cruses, AWE, Louisahhh!!!, Soy Sauce, Royal, Bot, Genghis Clan, Slumberjack, Brazzabelle, Eyes Everywhere, Billy Kenny, Penthouse Penthouse[2]

Holy Ship Feb 2016
Dates: February 10–13, 2016
Vessel: MSC Divina
Ports: Miami, FL; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Lineup: DJ Snake, Chromeo, Porter Robinson, RL Grime B2B Baauer, Boys Noize, Flux Pavilion, Tchami, What So Not, Cashmere Cat, Justin Martin, Thomas Jack, Destructo, Gramatik, Snakehips, Jauz, Gaslamp Killer, Shiba San, Felix Da Housecat, Branchez, Trippy Turtle, DJ Tennis, Claptone, Mercer, Busy P, Soul Clap, DJ Dodger Stadium, Oliver, Alex Metric, Thugfucker, Anna Lunoe, J. Phlip, Jimmy Edgar, The M Machine, Danny Daze, Carmada, Wolf + Lamb, Coyu, Mija, Marshmello, Justin Jay, Jets, Ardalan, Will Clarke, SNBRN, Nina Las Vegas, Samo Sound Boy, Machinedrum, Hunter Siegel, Falcons, Reflex, Malaa, Rezz, Cory Enemy, Kittens, Vanilla Ace, Hoodboi, Thee Cool Cats, Kaz James, Promnite[2]

Holy Ship Jan 2015
Dates: January 3–6, 2015
Vessel: MSC Divina
Ports: Miami, FL; Coco Cay, Bahamas; Day at Sea
Lineup: Knife Party, Pretty Lights, Flume, Boys Noize, A-Trak, RL Grime, Maya Jane Coles, Laidback Luke, Duke Dumont, Armand Van Helden, Rudimental (DJ set), What So Not, Clockwork, Busy P, Griz, Annie Mac, Justin Martin, Destructo, Alex Metric, Dusky, Odesza, Oliver, Rustie, Henry Fong, Gorgon City, Cyril Hahn, Salva, Jimmy Edgar, Congorock, Craze, Friend Within, Branchez, Spank Rock, DJ Sliink, Shiba San, Sharam Jey, Snakehips, DJ Falcon, Kidnap Kid, Hannah Wants, Motez, Teki Latex, Gina Turner, Wax Motif, Ape Drums, Doorly, Djedjotronic, Vanilla Ace, Cory Enemy, Yogi. Special Guest: Disclosure[2]

Holy Ship Feb 2015
Dates: February 18–21, 2015
Vessel: MSC Divina
Ports: Miami, FL; Nassau, Bahamas; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas[2]
Lineup: Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Baauer, DJ Snake, Tommy Trash, Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Claude Vonstroke, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Mustard, Jack Beats, Busy P, Green Velvet, Sub Focus, Mat Zo, Breakbot, Brodinski, Destructo, Justin Martin, Alex Metric, Galantis, Cajmere, Tchami, AraabMuzik, Martin Buttrich, Lee Foss Feat. Anabel Englund, Soul Clap, Mercer, Huxley, The M Machine, J. Phlip, AC Slater, Kill Frenzy, Justin Jay, Milo & Otis, Valentino Khan, Louisahhh!!!, Curses, Boston Bun, Wax Motif, Kastle, Anna Lunoe, Club Cheval, Shift K3y, Panteros 666, So Me, Amtrac, DJ Pone, Sweater Beats, Tommy Kruise, Posso, Cut Snake. Special Guest: Kaskade[2]

Holy Ship!!!
Dates: January 9–12, 2014
Vessel: MSC Divina
Ports: Miami, FL; Coco Cay, Bahamas[2]
Lineup: Skrillex, Duck Sauce, Diplo, Boys Noize, Zedd, Laidback Luke, A-Trak, Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, Baauer, Chromeo (DJ set), Disclosure (DJ set), Armand Van Helden, Claude VonStroke, Flosstradamus, Skream, Flume, RL Grime, Brodinksi, Crookers, Alvin Risk, Destructo, Justin Martin, Clockwork, GTA, Alex Metric, Oliver, Breach, Just Blaze, Griz, Gramatik, Ryan Hemsworth, Cyril Hahn, Djedjotronic, Strip Steve, TJR, Kill Frenzy, Amine Edge & Dance, French Fries, Gorgon City, Gina Turner, Green Lantern, Light Year, T. Williams, Jerome LOL, Samo Sound Boy, Katyranada, Liquid Todd. Special Guest Pharrell Williams [2]

Holy Ship!!
Dates: January 4–7, 2013
Vessel: MSC Poesia
Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Nassau, Bahamas; Private Island, Bahamas
Lineup: Justice (DJ set), Boys Noize, Knife Party, Major Lazer, Diplo, A-Trak, Skream & Benga, Busy P, Jack Beats, Zedd, Crookers, 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, Tommy Trash, Digitalism (DJ set), Breakbot, Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, Kill The Noise, Alvin Rush, Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Big Gigantic, Destructo, Oliver, Eats Everything, L-Vis 1990, Bok Bok, J. Phlip, Jackmaster, Plastician, Girl Unit, Kingdom, Gina Turner, Rory Phillips, The Knocks.[2] Special Guest: Skrillex[2]

Holy Ship!
Dates: January 6–9, 2012
Vessel: MSC Poesia
Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Port Lucaya, Bahamas; Private Island, Bahamas
Lineup: Fatboy Slim, Boys Noize, Laidback Luke, Rusko, Diplo, A-Trak, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Tommy Lee & DJ Aero, Brodinski, Buraka Som Sistema, Gesaffelstein, Justin Martin, Zedd, DJ Craze, Dillon Francis, Housemister, Strip Steve, Djedjotronic, Destructo, Danny Brown, Egyptrixx, Rory Phillips, Club Cheval, Jason Bentley, Posso, Doorly, Oliver, Gina Turner, Nick Catchdubs, Arthur Baker, Contra, Mike Deuce, Blu Jemz, Lloydski[2]