Upon returning from Holy Ship!!, it seems like there’s been a void in my life.
When you step aboard this luxury cruise liner, you sign a deal with the EDM gods, you give them a part of your soul in exchange for what is sure to be the best 3 days of your life. Since Holy Ship!! has ended, my Facebook newsfeed has been flooded with posts from other shippers:
“Only 350 more days until the next Holy Ship!!…can’t wait!”
“Holy Ship!!, the best 3 days of my life,”
“Aaaaah! I’m going through Holy Ship!! withdrawals! How is everyone else coping?”
The Facebook newsfeed of a Holyshipper is an entertaining read indeed! Photos of Holy Ship!! scandals and shenanigans have kept me glued to my computer for days. Just when you think you’ve seen what could be the most epic photo or video yet, someone tops it by posting another that is even more incredible than the last.
The friends I left behind at home can only be described as ‘insanely jealous’ after they saw my Holy Ship!! album on Facebook. Most of them are making ‘plans to go next year.’
Loads of curious people have been asking me questions: “How was Holy Ship!!? I saw your pictures. It looked like a blast!” All I can do is shake my head with a huge grin on my face and say, “Words nor photos–not even videos–can describe how incredible it really was.”
However, if I were to try to sum it up in a few sentences it would go something like this. Imagine 3,000 of the coolest ravers you have ever met from all over the world, raging to some of the best EDM music you’ve ever heard, all while on a luxury cruise liner in the middle of the Caribbean, complete with a huge dance party on a private island. Sounds like a horrible time, right?
On top of all that, my personal experiences included having a drink at the bar next to Zedd, eating breakfast at 6am with Justice and Gesaffelstien and being invited to rage on stage with Skrillex, Crookers, Diplo, Major Lazer, Tommy Trash and A-Trak during what was probably one of the best DJ sets of the entire voyage.
The boat itself, the MSC Poesia, is like Vegas on the water with a casino and 5-star amenities. The ship staff, accustomed to a more typical cruise crowd, is blown away and thoroughly entertained by the drastic change of scenery when Holyshippers arrive (I saw many of them partying right along with us during their time off). Cruisers running around chanting “HOLY SHIP!! HOLY SHIP!!” can be heard at all times. Everyone is wearing outrageous costumes and doing outrageous things at all hours of the day. The madness doesn’t stop for 72 hours straight.
I was thoroughly amused when my friends and I decided to eat dinner on one of the boat’s 5-star restaurants. The maître d’ seated us next to a table which included a guy dressed up as a giant banana, a dude wearing a pirate hat and gold spandex, a scantily clad girl wearing a bikini and a super hero cape, and another kid who decided to bring his new girlfriend, a Kim Kardashian blowup doll seated next to him. This was all completely normal.
The only bad part about this cruise is that it’s only 3 days long, and before you realize it, it’s all over. At 7am on Monday morning, 3,000 zombie ravers are reluctantly being ushered off the boat and through US customs, back to the real world. Until next year…
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