||Mike Portnoy might not be in Dream Theater anymore but you can prepare for another dream prog package folks because Progressive Nation is hitting the high seas in 2014 for its inaugural sailing from February 18th - 22nd 2014 on the luxurious Norwegian Pearl heading from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas.
Progressive Nation founder Mike Portnoy elaborates: "In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called Progressive Nation and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music.
Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas! But rather than a 4 band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to over a dozen of today's greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed).
Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman (who have done incredibly successful cruises with Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the annual Kiss Cruise to name a few) as well as our friends at Inside Out Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of Progressive Nation At Sea Feb 18th thru 22nd 2014. We are so excited to take part in this historic maiden voyage and look forward to sharing this one of a kind event with fans from all around the world!"
Bands announced so far: Transatlantic, Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian, Jon Anderson, King's X, Spock's Beard, Pain Of Salvation, Riverside, The Flower Kings, Tony Harnell Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, Jolly, The Dear Hunter and Next To None.
In addition to 4 days in the beautiful Caribbean, guest will have the opportunity to see their favorite musical heroes perform numerous sets around the many stages set around Norwegian Pearl. And when guests are not attending a performance, a variety of activities hosted by the artists will fill the day.
Progressive Nation at Sea begins at $700 per person plus taxes and fees. Prices include entertainment, meals, and access to Norwegian Pearl's outstanding amenities, including outdoor pool, hot tubs, rock climbing wall, and fitness center. Fans can read more and sign up for the Progressive Nation pre-sale at http://www.progressivenationatsea.com.
Forthcoming announcements are scheduled to follow detailing artist-hosted activities, theme night information, contest additions, and activities.