It's never too early to start planning ahead, and for those who love spending some time up close and personal with your favorite hard rock and metal bands, you'll want to start planning for ShipRocked 2018.

Organizers have revealed that the 2018 edition will run from Jan. 21-25 onboard the Carnival Liberty, sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla., with stops in Nassau and the private island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.

This will be the ninth year for the ShipRocked Cruise, which has become a staple of the hard rock and metal event calendar. The ShipRocked 2018 pre-sale is already sold out, but additional bookings will be made available soon. Plus, those interested should stay tuned for the ShipRocked 2018 band announcements.

ShipRocked producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment says, "We’re excited to return to Carnival for our 2018 voyage, and to sail aboard the Liberty from Port Canaveral to Nassau and the private island paradise of Half Moon Cay! We’ve often been told that the ShipRocked vacation experience is otherworldly, and since we’re launching from the Space Coast, everyone at ASK4 Mission Control thought it fitting to theme our 9th mission accordingly! We can’t wait to blast off next January!"

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