AXES & ANCHORS Cruise Adds More Diversity

Jesus Figueroa

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Setting Sail February 20 from Miami, FL to the Bahamas.

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The upcoming 5-day/4-night 2016 AXES & ANCHORS cruise – setting sail from Miami, FL on February 20 aboard the Carnival Victory, stopping in Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas and docking back in Miami on February 24 – is pleased to add a new dimension to the cruise with the addition of several new artists to its already diverse musical line-up.

Top hard rock and heavy metal artists MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, FLYLEAF, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH, ADELITAS WAY, ARANDA, FALLING THROUGH APRIL, and BLACK KNIGHT’S CASTLE (featuring Joe Stump) will join the cruise that already includes ZAKK WYLDE (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MICHAEL SCHENKER (Scorpions, UFO, MSG) and more.

Ann Squire, co-founder of AXES & ANCHORS, said, “From the beginning our goal was to provide passengers with a diverse group of artists as well as an emphasis on interactivity, teaching, and guitars. These newly announced artists are the next step toward achieving that goal.”

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE – MOTIONLESS IN WHITE are being hailed as the new-generation saviors of the rock world, with their aggressive electro-tinged anthems that are at home on metal festivals, on Warped Tour, and on rock radio. The band recruited a collection of devout fans across the world, having toured with metal juggernauts such as Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, A Day To Remember, Escape The Fate, and Black Veil Brides. Nominated in the Alternative Press Awards, winner of Sirius XM Octane's Best Artist Discovery, and Chris Motionless as a presenter in the Revolver Golden God Awards, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE is known for the ability to shock and awe with their music videos. The band has garnered a collective amount of over 20 million views on YouTube and were nominated for their work in the Revolver Golden Gods 2014, Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2013, and Kerrang! Awards 2012. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE celebrated their biggest year to date, having released new album Reincarnate, playing Main Stage on the Vans Warped Tour 2014, and a North American tour with A Day To Remember and Bring Me The Horizon. The band's single "Reincarnate" is in the Top 25 and climbing on the Active Rock Chart. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE were the recent cover stars of Alternative Press' January 2015 issue #318 and saw their track "Unstoppable" featured MTV's The Challenge: Battle Of The Exes II. //    

FLYLEAF – Multi-platinum band FLYLEAF released their fourth album, Between The Stars, September 16, 2014 on Loud & Proud Records. The album, which was produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Avril Lavigne), hit the #1 spot on Billboard Top Current Alternative Albums and has yielded their explosive lead single “Set Me On Fire” - watch the video HERE as well as their current single, “Thread” - watch the lyric video HERE.  FLYLEAF began over a decade ago with their self-titled debut platinum album that included the hit “All Around Me”, selling over one million digital downloads. The record spent 133 weeks in the Billboard Top 200, Top 15 on the Rock Albums & Alternative Albums charts.  Its follow-up, Memento Mori, went Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200. //

In a band statement, FLYLEAF says, “The 2016 AXES & ANCHORS cruise will be the first time FLYLEAF hits the high seas and we are beyond thrilled to bring some rock n’ roll to all fans aboard (dolphins get in free).”

THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH - With well over one-million albums sold, more than one-million likes on Facebook, featured performances on major rock festivals internationally, numerous sports programming placements and hundreds of millions of streams online (300,000+ weekly at Spotify alone), THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH has also scored two back-to-back Billboard Hard Rock No. 1 albums (2014’s OXYGEN:INHALE, 2012’s The End Is Where We Begin) and nine Active Rock radio hits. They continue to receive ongoing ESPN appearances, as well as various NASCAR, MLB, NHL, WWE, NCAA and NFL airings (including the 2010 Super Bowl), along with the “GI Joe” movie trailer, WGN-TV’s “Smallville” and EA Sports’ NHL 2010 and 2013 video games. Remarkably, OXYGEN:INHALE, The End Is Where We Begin and Metamorphosiz II The End Remixes Vol. 1 & 2, receive about 358,000 daily views in combined streaming across all of YouTube. All the latest band information can be found at, @officialtfk and

ADELITAS WAY – Edgy Las Vegas-based hard rock outfit ADELITAS WAY formed in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2009 when they broke into the mainstream. Their anthemic song “Invincible”, from their self-titled debut album paved the way into numerous television spots, including the “CSI Miami” finale, served as the theme song for the weekly WWE Superstars show, was also featured in the THQ video game “Raw vs Smackdown” and on Fox Sports Network. The band’s sophomore effort, Home School Valedictorian, arrived in Summer 2011, spawning four – Top 5 singles including two #1 hits at Rock radio. The record was the band’s highest selling album to date, selling over 150,000 copies and over 1 MILLION singles. ADELITAS WAY’s third album, Stuck, was released July 29, 2014, and had a Top 10 single with “Dog on a Leash”. The band has toured with Guns N Roses, Shinedown, Creed, Alter Bridge, Three Days Grace, Halestorm, Theory of a Deadman, Breaking Benjamin, The Pretty Reckless, and Godsmack. //
“We couldn't be happier to be a part of the AXES & ANCHORS family, this will be one of the most exciting shows we ever played,” ADELITAS WAY vocalist Rick DeJesus said.
ARANDA – Brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda have been writing, playing, and singing music together since they were kids, and even at a young age, they knew that music was going to be a major part of their lives. Their first single, “Still In The Dark”, reached #30 on the Billboard Active Rock charts. In 2012, the duo released their second album, Stop the World, which was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Sevendust, Staind, Drowning Pool). This record produced three top 20 Active rock hits.  Dameon and Gabe are no strangers to sharing the stage with big names in rock: they have toured with Seether, Shinedown, Three Doors Down, Papa Roach, Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm, and others. With the brothers’ flawless harmonies and passionate onstage performances, ARANDA is a live show you’ll never forget. //

BLACK KNIGHT’S CASTLE – Joe Stump is one of the most intense and over the top guitarists out there. His maniacal guitar-driven releases are amazing displays of power and technical command. Originally picking up the guitar at age 10, Joe's main influences were Jimi Hendrix and Ritchie Blackmore, and eventually included Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker and Uli Jon Roth among others. His playing style incorporates neo-classical stylings as well as speed, thrash and European power metal. Joe is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music who has taught thousands of students via the campus and hosted hundreds of guitar clinics both nationally and overseas. Joe's career spans a large catalog of his instrumental solo work as well the bands Reign Of Terror, HolyHell and Exorcism, and he has appeared in magazines and publications including Guitar School, Guitar World, Guitar Shop, Burrn and many others. He has also released a number of instructional and live DVD's through Shred Academy, giving fans worldwide the chance to get a lesson from Joe in his inimitable style. His 2014 paperback Joe Stump's Metal Guitar Chop Shop, released through Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, was met with great reviews by his peers as well as metal players on all levels of styles. 2015 brings along the debut of BLACK KNIGHT'S CASTLE: a tribute to the music of Rainbow and Deep Purple. A night of Ritchie Blackmore's greatest hits, riffs and deep cuts from his work with Gillan, Dio, Coverdale and more.

FALLING THROUGH APRIL – FALLING THROUGH APRIL is one of those bands that boldly blurs the genre lines of rock and alternative. This five-piece rock act from North Carolina emerged in 2011, as former members of Manic, Strange County, Sleep In Sacrifice, and Interstate North decided to merge into one creative force.  The band has blossomed into a significant part of Charlotte’s independent rock scene building support and gaining recognition along the way. The band's first album, Take Flight, released in 2012, was a solid start for the group, but it is their newest five-song  EP, Risks and Rewards that has truly resonated with the band and fans alike.  In 2014 they toured internationally with Adelitas Way and The Pretty Reckless, recorded a new record, shot a music video, played Vans Warped Tour, Florida Music Festival, Celebrate Fairfax, Sonorous Music Festival, Dewey Beach Music Conference,  showcased for Columbia Records, secured a PRS Guitars endorsement, and got picked up as a Live Nation touring band.  The video for their single "Broken Feet" is currently a nominee for Best Music Video at the Carolina Music Awards. //

Tickets for the AXES & ANCHORS cruise start at a competitive rate of just $899 per person (based on double occupancy), and include all accommodations, meals, concerts, open workshops, games, photo ops and more.

Since the ship holds a limited number of passengers, early booking is highly encouraged.  Tickets are on sale now at, and monthly payment plans are available.

In addition to the artists mentioned above, the AXES & ANCHORS cruise will feature world-class rock and metal musicians and their bands such as ALEX SKOLNICK (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), TONY MACALPINE (CAB, Planet X), TRACII GUNS (Guns N’ Roses, LA Guns), RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED, RUDY SARZO (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Geoff Tate, Dio), GILBY CLARKE (Candy, Guns N’ Roses, Kings of Chaos), DARIO LORINA (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden), GABRIEL AYALA and more, performing concerts and conducting workshops.

Passengers can look forward to more than 40 mind-blowing shows throughout the duration of the cruise.

In addition to the several guitar workshops that will take place, the AXES & ANCHORS cruise recently announced a variety of non-guitar oriented workshops for music fans and musicians of all backgrounds to enjoy.

From music fans to musicians, beginners to experts – all can experience additional workshops like Rock Photography, Sight-Reading, Voice Training, and beyond.

Plus, cruise attendees will enjoy gear demos and displays from some of today’s premier guitar and gear manufacturers, as well as other on-board amenities such as swimming pools and a casino.

Soak up some sun on exotic beaches and explore the sights and sounds of Key West and Nassau, all while rubbing elbows with some of the hottest rock legends and their even hotter fans.

Get your cabin now before they are sold out, and set sail with the greatest guitar and music players of all time!

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