Thank you to Carnival for the opportunity to experience Carnival LIVE with Sam Hunt. All opinions are my own.
“Can I get a hallelujah
Can I get an amen
Feels like the Holy Ghost running through ya
When I play the highway FM
I find my soul revival
Singing every single verse
Yeah I guess that’s my church”
Maren Morris “My Church”
For me, going to a concert is like going to church. It renews my soul. I walk out of a concert filled with joy, my cup overflowing, and ready to face the world.
If I’m having a bad week, all it takes is a night out at a concert to bring me back to life. No matter how tired I am, how stressed I am, a concert is always the cure for whatever ails me. My soul opens and all of the bad stuff flows out through the music and pure joy fills those empty spaces.
I don’t get to go to concerts as much as I used to (thanks, adulting.) I go to maybe three or four a year, which is about a quarter of my pre-kids quota. So when Carnival asked if I’d like to go on a cruise featuring a concert? Well, let’s just say it didn’t take long for me to say yes.
A few weeks later, there I was. Beer in one hand, my other hand in the air, singing along at the top of my lungs to Sam Hunt. My friend Emily was beside me drinking and dancing and singing along, too (I made her a country music fan for those two hours.) And I was so happy. I’m sure I was loud. I’m sure I looked ridiculous jamming out to “Ex to See” and “Breakup in a Small Town”, but I didn’t care. I was so happy.
We were in a small, intimate setting. The crowd was electric, and you could tell Sam and the band were excited to perform. We did a Q&A with Sam before the concert. He told us the Carnival LIVE concert experience is different than your typical concert because everyone is on vacation and it creates a party/vacation atmosphere unlike any other. And it’s true. We were at a concert on vacation. We didn’t have to deal with a crowded parking lot and drive home after. I didn’t have to wake up for work the next day. I could let it all out and take it all in.
And the the crowd was definitely all-in. The fun didn’t stop once the concert was over, either. We all headed out to the bars and clubs for even more music and dancing. It was a night I will never forget.
(photo credit: JD Andrews)
Seeing a concert on a cruise ship wasn’t anything I’d ever considered before this trip. But now that I’ve had the Carnival LIVE experience, I want more. Little Big Town and Tim McGraw are performing in 2017, and you know I’m already pricing out trips. After all, you have to refill your cup. Why not do it while you’re docked at a tropical port?
(Tip: definitely splurge for the VIP experience. You get preferred seating and a meet & greet photo opp with the artist. The seating alone is worth the price. The rest of the seating is general admission and you will need to wait in line for a quite awhile to snag a closer seat. Also, be sure to buy tickets ASAP for any concert or comedy show. They do sell out in advance, especially the VIP tickets.)