Ahead of Groove Cruise Miami revealing the set times and itinerary for the 2023, 5-day expedition to a private location in Labdee, Haiti starting next week Thursday, Whet Travel and the Groove Cruise team shared details on how the flagship event will celebrate 20 years on the open sea in 2024, adventuring from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from Wednesday, January 24 – Sunday, January 28, 2024.
This year, Groove Cruise Miami Captains will be treated to 96 hours of nonstop music from more than 50 artists, plus decadent services. Returning Groove Cruise headliners include Swiss-South African deep house connoisseur Nora En Pure and German trance music legend Markus Schulz. Groove Cruise also welcomes the mysterious Claptone to make his debut headlining performance as well as BITE THIS label head Jauz who will be performing a special ‘Off The Deep End’ set.
Take note of the Groove Cruise Miami 2023 set, workshop and ceremony times.
Whet Foundation has made mental health initiatives a big part of their agenda.
“On Groove Cruise Cabo, the team worked with music mental health foundation When The Music Stops and mental health advocacy art project Ninobuni to host mental health panels, workshops, and art classes with a focus on Music, Balancing Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention aboard the ship during this year’s sailing.
For Groove Cruise Miami 2023, When The Music Stops will return to host uplifting talks and workshops and awareness around Mental Health within the music industry. When The Music Stops is a nonprofit and community that supports emotional and mental health through music, connection, and love.” – Groove Cruise Team
When The Music Stops will be hosting the following interactive workshops and panels on Groove Cruise Miami 2023:
Mental Health Workshop “The Power of Journaling with Josh Donaldson & Speaker Honey”
Mental Health Panel with artists “Nightlife and the Struggle of Balance” with Baggi, Nostrolgix, and Alley Kay
Interactive Mental Health Workshop
Additionally, the Groove Cruise team will host a ‘Celebration of Life’ Ceremony, Groove Cruise shares,
“There will be a Celebration of Life to celebrate our loved ones no longer with us. We will have a biodegradable wreath and biodegradable note cards, where guests will meet, have the opportunity to share their story, write a message to their loved ones and put the messages in the wreath to be thrown overboard.
In many cultures the ocean is one of the primary factors that made life possible on earth. Sending off the departed into the ocean symbolizes the end of physical life and the beginning of spiritual rebirth. With the written notes to your loved one, this allows all present to participate and share in this moving experience. It symbolizes a farewell and an opportunity for closure and healing.”
Discover what the Groove Cruise Miami team has in store for Groove Cruise Miami 2024.
Setting sail from Miami, Florida on Wednesday, January 24, Groove Cruise invites veterans and newcomers alike to indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime experience aboard the Norwegian Encore. The sailing will feature 96 hours of nonstop music, as well as Groove Cruise’s signature immersive programming which will include 9 stages with world-class production, over 80 renowned artists, daily themes with dedicated parties, artist-hosted activities, beachside destination parties, Whet Foundation volunteer experience, mental health panels, and so much more.
Selected by Porthole Cruise Magazine as the 2020 Editors’ Pick for Best New Ship, the Norwegian Encore will be the newest and largest ship to join the ranks of Groove Cruise’s 20-year history.
Spanning an impressive 20 decks above the ocean, the list of onboard amenities feels endless with the largest race track at sea for over 1100 feet of pedal-to-the-metal action, 10,000 square foot open-air laser tag arena, and virtual reality interactive gaming including a ride simulator at the Galaxy Pavilion.
If that wasn’t enough the ship also hosts an aqua park with 2 multi-story waterslides that extend over the edges of the ship, 8 hot tubs and pools, high-tech Pulse fitness center with workout classes, Encore casino, and more.
The Groove Cruise Captains will have everything they could possibly want aboard the Encore.
Marking another new offering for 2024, the Norwegian Encore will offer 80 studios rooms with a private lounge for singles that might prefer their own room. Additionally, the Encore features the Haven luxury suite complex with its own pool, dining room and butler service for Haven guests.
Groove Cruise Miami will sail to the breathtaking location of Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, an exclusive private island only accessible to Norwegian Cruise Line guests.
The tropical climate and white sand beaches will deliver the perfect party getaway for Groove Cruise attendees, who can revel in the Groove Cruise-curated island party and partake in various expedition offerings.
When the Groove Cruise Captains step onto the private island, they will be transported into a music lovers’ tropical paradise featuring performances from the world’s most sought-after electronic music acts and a chance to swim with pigs at Treasure Island.
In addition to the Groove Cruise curated event, Captains will be able to splurge on a gorgeous cabana at Silver Cove beach with protected coves for swimming and snorkeling for the ultimate getaway experience. The island’s rental and expedition offerings include snorkeling the gorgeous underwater reefs, riding wave runners or paddleboards, drifting away on floating mats, and more.
Attendees can also choose from 22 shore excursions including a zip-line adventure at one of the island’s two courses, parasailing above the island’s shores, spa treatments at Mandara Spa at Silver Cove and more.
The Encore also offers a slew of health and wellness amenities including a state-of-the-art spa with 50 specialty treatments, Vitality Pool, thermal suite, and a salt room which features a dramatic grotto surrounded with layers of body-cleansing salt crystals.
Exploring all of the various amenities will leave Captains ready to indulge in the various food and beverage options with 40 bars and restaurants onboard. The Encore boasts six complimentary restaurants and 12 speciality restaurants including a brand-new Onda by Scarpetta, Q-Texas Smokehouse and dinner show, Teppanyaki, Food Republic, Los Lobos and more. For your favorite libations, attendees can check out A-List Bar, District Brew House, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, Maltings Whiskey Bar, Vine Beach Club and a spectacular Observation Lounge in the front of the ship with 180 degree views.
Outside of organizing unforgettable parties, Groove Cruise also runs its own 501c3 organization, the Whet Foundation. Started by Whet Travel’s founder Jason Beukema, Whet Foundation seeks to impact the communities visited by Whet Travel cruises, inviting cruise attendees to donate and volunteer at their events. The foundation gives back to local communities via clothing, food, school supply donations, beach and community cleanups, painting and art programs, and providing facility repair and improvement costs.
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