The "Independence of the Seas" set sail from Florida for the loudest sea cruise in the Caribbean. Some 60 bands are to play on board for 3,000 music fans who'll spend five days and nights dancing on the pool deck.
The organizers, "70,000 TONS OF METAL," claim it to be the original and biggest heavy metal sea cruise. The first such music festival on a cruise ship took place in 2011.
This year will feature acts like the legendary bands Anthrax and Overkill as well as Uli Jon Roth, the former Scorpions guitarist.
From Port Everglades, the cruise head to Labadee, on the island of Haiti, and back again. The cruise lasts four days, from February 2-6.
Fans in Europe will be flocking to a head-banging feast in the Mediterranean rather than the Caribbean, when the 5th Full Metal Cruise takes place, from April 20-25, 2017.
From Palma de Mallorca, the route will go past Gibraltar and Málaga before heading back to the island in the Balearics.
As tickets tend to sell out quickly, here is one other tip for metal fans who value solid ground under their feet: from February 10-12, the "Wacken Winter Nights" will be taking place ahead of the famous main event held every year at the Wacken Open Air Festival, which this year will run from August 3-5.