7huu_SR17DAY1PapaRoachonDeck2M4A20792byChris--1After selling out in record time, ShipRocked 2017 set sail from Miami on January 16 onboard Carnival Victory for four days and nights of a three-ringed floating rock ‘n’ roll circus on the high seas, led by headliners Breaking Benjamin, along with Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Pop Evil and more. 3,000 ShipRockers shared in “The Greatest Vacation On Earth,” enjoying a packed itinerary of more than 40 performances from 20+ bands – including a pair of unforgettable deck stage sets from ShipRocked’s own all star band The Stowaways — a day on the beach on beautiful Grand Turk in Turks & Caicos, sideshows, theme nights, and more.

ShipRocked veterans Sevendust welcomed old friends and new family alike to the floating festivities with their bracing kickoff performance on Carnival Victory’s main deck. Headliners Breaking Benjamin brought ShipRocked’s eighth edition to a memorable conclusion with a raucous deck stage set on the cruise’s final night – before frontman Benjamin Burnley joined many other ShipRocked artists posing for photos and mingling with fans well into the night.

Along the way, Carnival Victory’s four stages offered a steady diet of rock from a lineup of more than 20 bands, including: Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Pop Evil, The Stowaways all-star band, 12 Stones, Another Lost Year, Art Of Dying, Avatar, Cane Hill, Crobot, Geoff Tate & Bumblefoot, Lacey Sturm, Letters From The Fire, Living Sacrifice, Monster Truck, Mothership, RavenEye, Spraygun War, Stitched Up Heart, The Dead Deads, Them Guns and Wilson.

The annual onboard ShipRocked Cancer Sucks! charity auction raised money for cancer research, as guests bid on a treasure trove of autographed rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, limited edition photographic prints, and more. In addition, ShipRockers participating in the PackForAPurpose.org initiative donated school supplies to Eliza Simons Primary School in Grand Turk through the assistance of local outfitter Blue Water Divers, ShipRocked photographer Chris Bradshaw and his wife Kimberly.