Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

Another day, another indie cruise

So Coachella is hitting the high seas. Cue loads of people dreaming about Instagramming pics of themselves with Jarvis Cocker captioned with #IMONABOAT. If you’ve never been on one, cruises are one of the most boring holidays you can take; …

Wed, Jul 18, 2012, 12:44

   

So Coachella is hitting the high seas. Cue loads of people dreaming about Instagramming pics of themselves with Jarvis Cocker captioned with #IMONABOAT. If you’ve never been on one, cruises are one of the most boring holidays you can take; claustrophobic, flavourless food, the constant durrrr of an engine, but at least the entertainment on this one will be decent; James Murphy is hosting a wine tasting according to Pitchfork, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Yeasayer and Pulp are all playing. The NYT says tickets will cost $500 to $9,000. Cabin accommodation and food is included, but you’ll have to buy your own booze.

The two December cruises will last three days (from Florida to the Bahamas) and four days (from Florida to Jamaica). I can see how this festival-at-sea would appeal to some people because it’s so ridiculous, and there’s a part of me that would like to go for the random experience, but there are few places on earth more devoid of soul than cruise ships. It’s basically like having a gig in a shopping centre, locking the doors, filling the place with people, a lukewarm buffet, over-priced beers and placing it in the middle of nowhere. Give me dry (or muddy) land any day.