Bruise Cruise Festival 2011 Promises Boatloads of Alt-Fun

Tickets are still available for this year’s Bruise Cruise Festival aboard the Carnival Imagination on February 25. Sailing from Miami, the hipster-ific voyage will be a three-day gathering of indie rock bands (including the Black Lips, Vivian Girls and Thee Oh Sees) as well as their fans and DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin. Passengers can expect plenty of live music, a day in Nassau, puppetry (seriously), and gambling.

The event promoters are also promising all 400 Bruisers (as passengers have been affectionately nicknamed) complimentary wine, “creative towel animals,” and free entry to a cruise pre-party on February 24, at Grand Central in Miami. They’re touting the intimate feel of the festival as being “a perfect escape from winter doldrums.”

With cabin prices starting at about $500 per person (excluding gratuities and fees), the cruise is the latest in a recent slew of unique theme and festival voyages — some of which, like the Jam Cruise, have attracted attention for all the wrong reasons.It will be a tough act to follow after the Boys II Men “Love Cruise” aboard the Imagination earlier in the month, but the Bruise Cruise will at least serve as a great opportunity for everyone to lay down a base tan before they head to SXSW a few weeks later. And if this video is any indication, ironic madness on the high seas shall certainly ensue.

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