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Festival Details

2,100 Blues Enthusiasts.
5 Days of Live Performances.
3 Beautiful Destinations.
One Floating Festival.
The Ultimate Music-Lovers Paradise.

Over the last 4 years of sailing through the Caribbean, Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea has successfully connected music fans with their favorite Blues legends and best up-and-coming talent.

We’re thrilled to invite you to join the inaugural sailing of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean leaving from Barcelona, Spain and sailing to Monte Carlo, Monaco and Valletta, Malta on Norwegian PearlAugust 16-21, 2019. Sail aboard our floating music festival with Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many more for an unforgettable experience that connects music lovers from all over the world in an environment unlike any you’ve ever experienced.

Guests will immerse themselves in five days filled with extraordinary music and one-of-a-kind collaborative sets from many of our talented artists. In addition to a plethora of incredible live performances, guests will enjoy a variety of music-centric activities, including one activity each with both Joe Bonamassa and Peter Frampton.

The Mediterranean is home to some of the most beautiful sites on the planet and here’s your chance to explore them! The unrivaled glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo will enchant you while a tour of a cathedral through exploring the ancient island of Malta will round out the perfect adventure. After each journey, you will be welcomed back aboard the beautiful Norwegian Pearl with all the Blues-Rock music your soul can endure.

We hope that you join us on this new European adventure as we serve even more fans of Joe Bonamassa and friends on the vacation of a lifetime which will create lifelong friendships and lasting memories.


Cruise Itinerary

(Subject to change)

When booking flights, we recommend that you arrive in Barcelona no later than 12:00pm CET, or in Girona/Reus no later than 11:00am CET on August 16.

Return flights should be arranged to leave Barcelona after 12:00pm CET on August 21, or leave Girona/Reus after 1:00pm CET.

Please allow additional time for customs and immigration clearance for international flights.

  • Friday, August 16
    Depart Port of Barcelona
    (approx. 4:30pm CET)
  • Saturday, August 17
    Monte Carlo, Monaco
    (10:00am to 9:00pm CET)
  • Sunday, August 18
    Day at Sea
  • Monday, August 19
    Valletta, Malta
    (8:00am to 6:00pm CET)
  • Tuesday, August 20
    Day at Sea
  • Wednesday, August 21
    Arrive Port of Barcelona
    (approx. 6:00am CET)

Ports of Call

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Friday, August 16, 2019

The capital of Catalonia, and one of its provinces, Barcelona, is a place of palpable history where you can lose yourself strolling down the medieval streets of the Barri Gotic. It's a city designed to delight the senses. Visit other-worldly Modernista churches like Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, or treat yourself to Patatas Bravas or a sangria at a street side cafe. A destination of her own, Barcelona will serve as the perfect launching pad for five days of Blues on The Med.

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Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The world's second smallest country is big on glitz and glamour. Perhaps best known for its breathtaking casino and headline-making royal family, Monte Carlo is all manicured streets, impressive palaces and lush city parks. Come see how the rich and famous live and play.

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Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

Monday, August 19, 2019

With a collection of original Baroque architecture, city walls overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and the spectacular Co-Cathedral of St John, it is no wonder that this smallest of European capital cities is a world heritage site. Malta’s Valletta may be one of Europe’s smallest capitals, but it was named Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2018 and is a piece of living history. It is a walkable city with something to see at every turn. Designed in a grid, every cross-street ends in a patch of Mediterranean blue, opening into panoramic bastion-top harbor views. Guests will enjoy a full day to explore and enjoy the art, cathedrals, museums, and more. 

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