Carnival Inspiration to Serve As Venue for VH1?s Best Cruise Ever

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Carnival Inspiration will serve as the venue for VH1 Best Cruise Ever, hosted by VH1 and Sixthman. The second annual music festival at sea will feature Train, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, The Script, and many more, setting sail from Tampa to Cozumel, Mexico on April 28-May 2, 2011 on the Carnival Inspiration. Tickets go on sale September 23rd to the general public at www.vh1bestcruiseever.com.

Grammy Award winning group Train is ready to set sail! With their recent VH1 UNPLUGGED performance that can now be seen on VH1.com and their upcoming October 19th re-release of Save Me, San Francisco Golden Gate Edition (complete with 6 additional tracks) this group has had a sensational year with their hit, “Hey, Soul Sister” which is the #1 most downloaded digital track in Columbia Records’ history.

Returning to the VH1 Best Cruise Ever for a second year in a row is Lifehouse. A VH1 staple, Lifehouse performed their current single “All In” at the “VH1 Do Something Awards” earlier this summer and just announced their headlining fall tour in support of their most recent album Smoke & Mirrors.

Colbie Caillat, a VH1 “You Oughta Know” alumni and a fixture on the road since her debut on the charts in 2006, is currently working on her third studio album. Caillat also just performed the national anthem for this year’s NFL Kickoff game.

Irish trio The Script, known for their “Celtic Soul” sound, are also hitting the deck! No stranger to VH1, The Script are also former “You Oughta Know” artists who taped a VH1 UNPLUGGED earlier this year and are currently promoting their single “Man That Can’t Be Moved,” while gearing up for their fall tour.

Special guests on VH1 Best Cruise Ever also include VH1 “You Oughta Know” artists and returning cruisers SAFETYSUIT, as well other VH1 “You Oughta Know Artist” including Alpha Rev, Mat Kearney, and Thriving Ivory. Also joining the cruise are Civil Twilight, One eskimO, and returning cover band Trailer Park Ninjas. In addition to seeing these artists perform in a unique and up-close-and-personal setting, guests will enjoy VH1-themed onboard activities, contests and more.

After the huge success of the first VH1 Best Cruise Ever, music fans and musicians alike felt the experience provided a rare opportunity to connect with fans and fellow artists on a rocking cruise through the Caribbean. The first VH1 Best Cruise Ever was sponsored by Schick and hosted by 3 Doors Down and featured Lifehouse, Shinedown, VH1 “You Oughta Know” artists Carolina Liar, SAFETYSUIT, and Angel Taylor, as well as Black Stone Cherry, Finger Eleven, and more.

While watching non-stop music shows and experiencing once-in-a-lifetime artist interactions, guests also enjoy all of the amenities and facilities aboard the “Fun Ship” Carnival Inspiration, which offers an expansive water park, exclusive adults-only retreat, resort-style pool, and numerous other features.

Cabins for VH1 Best Cruise Ever go on sale September 23rd and start at $799 per person based on double occupancy plus taxes and fees. For more information, go to www.vh1bestcruiseever.com.