Just a few weeks ahead of its Los Angeles departure, Whet Travel has unveiled the finalized programming for its flagship Groove Cruise event, which includes an assortment of artist-hosted activities. The electronic music cruise experience is set to sail to Cabo San Lucas on Wednesday, October 19 – Monday, October 24. The cruise is now 84% sold out. Staterooms are available for purchase now at https://www.GrooveCruise.com/
For nearly two decades, Whet Travel has been the leader in independent music cruise experiences with bespoke itineraries and unparalleled curated lineups. This October, Groove Cruise Cabo will once again depart from Los Angeles to Cabo aboard the newly-renovated Norwegian Jewel. The updated state-of-the-art ship features include 15 restaurants, indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, Bliss Nightclub, Spinnaker Lounge, and a refurbished pool deck. Additionally, the Norwegian Jewel has amenities like a casino, video arcade, art gallery, two spas, a sports deck with basketball and tennis courts, and more. Groove Cruise Cabo 2022 also promises 120 hours of non-stop electronic music from world-class DJs. This year’s lineup is headlined by Claude VonStroke, underground party-starters Desert Hearts, British trance icon Gareth Emery, house/techno tastemaker Green Velvet, and melodic bass wizard Said The Sky making his debut Groove Cruise performance.
Groove Cruise Cabo 2022 is unique as it’s the only experience with artist-fan interaction on a large scale. The cruise has just announced 35 interactive artist-hosted activities, including fun beer games such as Beer Olympics and Smash Cup; whiskey, tequila, and wine tastings; workout classes and yoga; a pub crawl, Hot Pizza challenge, and poker tournament; and much more. Among the activities include a wine tasting with Acraze, a bean bag toss with Carlo Lio, Bingo Revival hosted by Claude Vonstroke, a scavenger hunt with Deepfake, a blackjack tournament hosted by Gene Farris, and so much more. Each of the activities is set to be hosted by one of the artists on the lineup so fans can partake in festival experiences unlike any other.
Additionally, Norwegian Cruise Line has lifted its vaccination requirement so everyone is welcome to come aboard for Groove Cruise Cabo 2022. Non-vaccinated attendees must get a supervised PCR/antigen test, meaning in person at a pharmacy/testing center or a supervised at-home test. Earlier this year in January, Groove Cruise Orlando reported an impressive ZERO cases onboard for their first event back following the pandemic.
In an effort to support up-and-coming talent, Groove Cruise is ready to air Phase 2 of its Cruisin’ For Kindness DJ contest on Twitch, which will be judged by renowned DJ/producers MAX LOW, Amidy, Casmalia, Gene Farris, Adam Scott, and Rico & Miella. All proceeds from the live stream will benefit Cabo charity organizations Solmar Foundation and Heart4Cabo via Whet Travel’s non-profit branch Whet Foundation.
Cruisin’ For Kindness selected the 22 best mixes of 250 entries to be aired live on Saturday, September 10 from 12 pm – 11:30 pm EST, with the eventual winners to receive a bevy of prizes including a dream gig spinning at Groove Cruise Cabo 2022, an oceanview stateroom accommodations for two, up to $600 in travel expenses, a swag bag with a special gift, an EDM Maniac Artist Spotlight article, and their winning mix featured on the Groove Cruise radio podcast. Points will be awarded on received votes and donations. Watch the live stream here.
Started by Whet Travel‘s founder Jason Beukema, Whet Foundation seeks to impact the communities visited by Whet Travel cruises, even inviting cruise attendees to donate and volunteer at their events. The foundation gives back to the communities they visit via clothing, food, school supplies, beach and community cleanups, painting and art programs, purchasing needed items for facilities, repairs, and more.
In tandem with Groove Cruise Cabo 2022, the Whet Foundation will be launching one of their biggest initiatives to date; visiting two facilities in Cabo San Lucas, Solmar Foundation and Casa Hogar Orphanage in partnership with Heart4Cabo, to serve breakfast, take part in various projects and interact with the children through live art, games, music, and costumes. Whet Foundation will also raise money and collect donations for an initiative to build a house for a recently single mother, and purchase new appliances, cleaning supplies, and paint.
Whet Foundation is also making mental health initiatives a big part of their agenda. Recently, the organization hopped on an IG live with music mental health foundation When The Music Stops and mental health advocacy art project Ninobuni. Groove Cruise Cabo is also set 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.
Curating a festival experience unlike any other, Groove Cruise’s impressive 34 sailings and dedicated fan base continue to make the festival a highly sought-after event year after year. Groove Cruise’s return to the West Coast promises to further evolve the legacy with carefully crafted programming.