Jon Bon Jovi Invites Fans to ‘Runaway’ With Him to the Mediterranean
Set for Aug. 26-30, 2019, between Barcelona and Palma, Majorca, the cruise includes an intimate acoustic storyteller session with Jon and a full-band electric set with the Kings of Suburbia, Bon Jovi's solo backing band.
Fans can also go behind the scenes with panels and sessions with key figures in Bon Jovi's career – including tour photographer David Bergman, his longtime sound technician, and Jon's brother Matt Bongiovi, who heads security for Bon Jovi and created Runaway Tours. Multiple stages throughout the ship will feature an array of other guest bands. A special gallery also gives fans up-close looks at never-before-seen memorabilia, wardrobes, guitars and other items from Bon Jovi's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. Guests can even make suggestions for his set list.
"What I've realized after all these years is that my fans have found that these are not only my stories, but their own," Bon Jovi said in a news release. "Hundreds of people have gotten together every time we take off for a destination, and long-lasting friendships are born."
The Mediterranean cruise is limited to just 2,500 guests, and there are two levels for pricing. Those who purchase the Runaway Gold package get to take a photo with Jon – but there is a limited number of those packages remaining. Reservations and more information is available at runawaytoparadise.com.
Runaway to Paradise also provides many moments for fans to go beyond the music. There are Hampton Water Wine tastings and happy hours, hosted by winemaker Jesse Bongiovi, Jon's son. The Norwegian Pearl includes a buffet, formal dining rooms and casual indoor and outdoor grills open for meals throughout the day. Look for an at-sea edition of Jon's Soul Kitchen community restaurant, which gives guests an opportunity to dine and donate to a great cause. The ship boasts multiple bars and lounges, a casino, a health and fitness center, a massive spa, pool and hot tubs, as well as a full-size sports court. Jon's Hart N Dagger fashion line will be showcased in an on-board pop-up shop. There's also a youth program, for fans who want to bring their children.
Bon Jovi set sail on the year's first Runaway to Paradise cruise last April, this time in the Caribbean. He was joined on that earlier cruise by Collective Soul and Tonic, among others. The cruises are co-produced by Sixthman, which recently expanded from sea-to-shore events to the first destination resort-based festival.
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