Multi-Platinum rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL is set to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and GRAMMY® Award-winning legendary superstar Jon Bon Jovi on one of his newly announced special fan cruise experiences titled Runaway To Paradise, offering fans the vacation of a lifetime. The Caribbean trip will set sail April 12-16, 2019 from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, on Norwegian Jade. While there is also a cruise excursion to the Mediterranean which follows August 26-30, 2019, from Barcelona to Palma, Majorca, on Norwegian Pearl, COLLECTIVE SOUL will only be a part of the cruise to Nassau.
“We want to invite you to cruise with Jon Bon Jovi and us on Runaway To Paradise,” COLLECTIVE SOUL singer/guitarist Ed Roland declares. “So please come party with us in Paradise! See you there!”
“Ever since we started Runaway Tours, it’s given me such joy to entertain the fans and tell them the stories of where my songs came from. What I’ve realized after all these years is that they’ve found not only my stories, but their own,” said Jon Bon Jovi. “Hundreds of people have gotten together every time we take off for a destination, and long-lasting friendships are born. We want to continue that tradition in Runaway’s fully-immersive vacation trips. Get ready, we’ll see you out there!”
Co-produced by Runaway Tours, creators of world-class intimate artist experiences, and Sixthman, the industry leader in music festival vacations, the Runaway To Paradise immersive fan experiences will feature two unique Jon Bon Jovi performances on two different nights. Jon will be joining guests on board the ship to perform a full rock show of Bon Jovi hits and other favorites on the pool deck with the 11-piece Kings of Suburbia band and a second acoustic storyteller set where cruisers can ask Jon all of their burning questions all while out at sea together.
COLLECTIVE SOUL will join the Caribbean sailing performing a catalog of hits on board such as “Shine,” “The World I Know,” and “December” and more in addition to participating in a fan meet and greet session. The iconic Grace Potter will sail on the Mediterranean cruise rocking fans with her high energy and electrifying live pop-rock shows on board and getting one to one with guests in a fan based activitiy.
Details of Runaway to Play, a special fan voted band competition will be announced soon which will give three artists on each of the two sailings the chance to win performing sets and rock out with guests on the Runaway to Paradise floating music festivals at sea. Each act will also participate in on board meet and greet sessions.
The Runaway to Paradise experience will also bring up and coming British pop star Beth Thornton and the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute band Slippery When Wet performing on both cruises along with DJ’s cranking Bon Jovi favorites and more acts to be announced.
Both cruises will also feature engaging panels with key figures from Bon Jovi’s storied history, including a behind the scenes look with longtime engineer Obie O’Brien and Jon’s brother Matt Bongiovi, celebrated tour photographer David Bergman and son Jesse Bongiovi, whose Hampton Water Wine will be featured during the Runway to Paradise cruises and in the coming year across the full Norwegian Cruise Line fleet.
“We couldn’t be more excited to curate the biggest and most immersive Jon Bon Jovi experience to date,” says Runaway Tours creator (and Jon Bon Jovi’s brother) Matt Bongiovi. “Whether you’re celebrating the love of the music, a special milestone or planning the ultimate girls getaway you’ve put off for way too long, the Runaway to Paradise cruises will create memories that last a lifetime. We are doing a deep dive into everything Jon Bon Jovi like never seen before!”
The action on Runaway To Paradise goes far beyond the music. Guests will get up close with historic rock memorabilia in the Jon Bon Jovi Gallery, shop for new looks in the Hart N Dagger pop up shop, and even enjoy a meal while giving back to those in need at The JBJ Soul Kitchen that will be brought to life on board all while enjoying a stunning vacation to the white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of Nassau, Bahamas or to Palma Mallorca in Spain – rich with culture, entertainment, food, drink, sun and fun.
Cabins are on sale now at runawaytoparadise.com, and prices for the four-night music festivals at sea include access to all shows and activities, all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, an autographed commemorative poster, customized Jon Bon Jovi Runaway to Paradise gift, collectible event program, custom event lanyard and laminate.
Low deposits and flexible payment plans are available as well as special pairing programs for solo guests desiring to sail.
Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Pearl are destinations of their own, each offering guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility, which allows guests to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of world-class entertainment options and no formal dress codes. The ships also features fourteen onboard bars and lounges, 15 unique dining experiences, a casino, two outdoor pools, five hot tubs, and a full menu of treatments at the onboard Mandara Spa.
ABOUT COLLECTIVE SOUL: COLLECTIVE SOUL rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-Platinum quintet has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts that has helped shape and define alternative rock. They’ve sold over 20 million records worldwide and continue to average over one million Spotify streams per month. They were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009. The band’s latest live album, LIVE, was released December 8, 2017 on Suretone Records. A new album is currently in the works and will be released in 2019 (NOT SURE HOW MUCH DETAIL WE WANT TO GIVE HERE).
ABOUT JON BON JOVI: Self-reliance, optimism, and a community are key concepts that define Jon Bon Jovi’s music and charitable efforts. The front man for the Grammy Award-winning band Bon Jovi has not only written and performed countless rock anthems, he has utilized his spotlight and raised millions of dollars to aid the working poor, the homeless, and the hungry. After selling more than 130 million albums and performing in over 50 countries for more than 37.5 million fans, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 in recognition of their longevity and impact on popular music for the past three decades.
Jon is also the Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about positive change and helping those in need “one SOUL at a time.” The Soul Foundation funds partnerships that address the issues of food and shelter, benefitting temporary shelters, transitional housing for teens, permanent supporting housing (including housing for vents and special needs populations), and providing home ownership opportunities. In October 2011, the Foundation opened the first JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ, then a second location in Toms River, NJ in 2016. These community restaurants have since served over 80,000 meals.
ABOUT RUNAWAY TOURS: Runaway Tours, in partnership with EBG (Entertainment Benefits Group) was created with one goal in mind: to super-serve the super-fan. Dedicated to creative once-in-a-lifetime, unique travel experiences for fans, Runaway Tours offers exclusive vacation packages available nowhere else. Only Runaway Tours will host you in a luxurious hotel, welcome you with private receptions and cocktail hours, provide great tickets to concerts and/or exclusive performances, throw members-only parties, and offer you the opportunity to meet your favorite performer! If you want to be a part of this experience, you need to book a Runaway Tours adventure!