The Ark Cruise Festival 2017

- Barcelona -

NEW: The Ark – the first festival in the world on a cruise ship!

10 July 2017

this is the festival everyone is talking about coming summer!

Whoever thought they’d seen it all when it comes to festivals will love THE ARK in the summer of 2017! The largest cruise ship festival in the world on one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the Mediterranean Sea. Imagine this: partying for four days on a cruise ship along with a ‘mere’ 4.000 other passengers. A unique and intimate festival with six stages and more than 50 DJs from several electronic music genres and entertainment like you’ve never seen before. That’s the new festival THE ARK! Between August 31st and September 3rd 2017 this gigantic party ship will go from Barcelona through Ibiza and Marseille back to Barcelona again. That’s certainly something different than a city trip of going to a festival abroad! I was instantly enthusiastic about THE ARK and if you ask me, this will be the foreign festival where everyone will be talking about. Taking a cruise has been on top of my bucket list for quite a while now, so this is the perfect combination!

the first partners of the ark have been announced!

The first names and partners of cruise festival THE ARK have been announced a little before the tickets will go out for sale on December 17. THE ARK is being organised by a Belgian-Dutch party organization. What to expect? Ministry Of Sound is there, just like FACT, Kelly Palmer, Kitch Club, Versuz, Girls Love DJ’s, Deep House Amsterdam and BABOAM. It’s bound to be a hell of a party!

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4 days of luxury, parties and more on the Freedom Of The Seas

Especially for THE ARK the cruise ship The Freedom Of The Seas will go from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean Sea. Did you know that The Freedom Of The Seas was the largest cruise ship of the world for quite some time? And still, it’s one of the showpieces of the fleet of Royal Caribbean International. Especially for THE ARK the cruise ship will be made into a luxurious club. With stages in the existing cinemas and theaters, but the ice skating rink (no joking!) is also being turned in to a stage where the DJ will be spinning records until the early morning. If you’re going on board of THE ARK you’ll depart on August 31 from Barcelona. The cruise will then sail towards Ibiza and it will stay there for a full day so you can explore the island or relax by the beach. After Ibiza direction is set towards Marseille, a French port city that industrial and rough. Exactly the kind of city I love to explore for Your Little Black Book. There you can visit the best hotspots for lunch before you sail back to Barcelona during your last evening. My tip? Book a nice hotel in Barcelona for 2 nights before August 31st and stay a little after September 3rd to enjoy this Spanisch city. That way you turn this mini cruise into a lovely week of vacation!

The Ark Cruise Festival

Picture it like a luxurious mini holday with all the comfort of the ship and the best of electronic music.

The Ark Cruise Festival

THE ARK, more than just parties

You’ll probably recognize this. The first day of a festival that lasts for a couple of days you go all in and you have to take it slow the day after. No worries. This will be the first multiple day house festival where you don’t have to get cured from your hangover in a small sweaty tent. At THE ARK you’ll just go to the wellness center & spa, to sweat out the alcohol in the gym or visit one of the workshops. Also when it comes to culinary things there’s lots to explore. Picture it like a luxurious mini holiday with all the comfort of the ship and the best of electronic music.

Je herkent het vast wel. De eerste dag op een meerdaags festival ga je all in en waarna je de volgende dag weer even iets rustiger aan moet doen. Geen zorgen. Dit wordt het eerste meerdaagse house festival waarbij je dan niet hoeft uit te brakken in een zweterig tentje. Bij THE ARK ga je dan gewoon naar het wellness center & spa, even de alcohol eruit zweten in de gym of naar één van de workshops. Ook op culinair vlak valt er straks genoeg te ontdekken. Zie het als een luxe minivakantie met alle comfort van het schip en het beste aan elektronische muziek.

The Ark Cruise Festival

a quick recap

Did THE ARK draw your attention? Then make sure to get ready behind your laptop on December 17 to book your tickets.

The tickets
– Tickets are available from December 17 2016 and prices start from € 549,- per person. This is including a cabin and every meals and sodas, access to all DJ sets and animations. The prices differ because of the variety of cabins that you can book, like inside cabins, suites of a cabin with sea view.
Book your tickets for THE ARK 2017 via this link!

Sailing route & programme
31/08 – 05.00PM | Departure from Barcelona
01/09 – 07.00AM | Arrival on Ibiza
01/09 – 10.00AM | Departure from Ibiza
02/09 – 12.00PM | Arrival in Marseille
02/09 – 05.00PM | Departure from Marseille
03/09 – 10.00AM | Arrival in Barcelona and check-out
During the entire cruise international DJ’s will be playing on the six different stages!

More information
Do you want to stay up to date of THE ARK? Then check out the website and social media channels:
Follow THE ARK on Facebook
Check the Facebook event
Or follow THE ARK on Instagram

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On Your Little Black Book we’ll keep you updated on all the new developments regarding cruise festival THE ARK. For example we’ll announce the complete line up in February and in the end of August you’ll get an exclusive view of the festival through vlogs and Instagram stories. We rarely came in such a festival mood before the new year even started!

With who of your friends would you like to go to THE ARK? Maybe I’ll see you there!


Anne de Buck