ShipRockers awoke on Monday morning to the sight of white sand and crystal clear water awaiting them beside the cruise's first ever beach stage. Those that didn't get too carried away with their buckets of beer the previous night headed to the beach early to tie the knot at a rocker's dream wedding or to meet Butcher Babies, ShipRocked alumni Black Stone Cherry, and others at the Bacardi Beach Bar.
Those that opted for more sleep after an incredible first night were sure to make it to the beach in time for the first show of the day featuring Art of Dying. Fans floating on rafts in the ocean basked in the sun while the Canadian rockers played through a number of hits from their album Vices & Virtues, including "Sorry" and "Die Trying." Halfway through the set they stripped down to a single acoustic guitar and surprised fans with a brand new, never before heard track so catchy that the entire beach was singing along by the time the last chorus hit.
For the next hour fans swarmed the bar to have a post-set drink and grab a picture with Art of Dying. The hour flew by and before we knew it, ShipRocked favorites Nonpoint took the stage. The crowd was packed from sand to sea and the contagious energy from the band had everyone rocking out from the first note. Those that didn't want to miss out on precious tanning time had no worries throughout the set, with the sound echoing perfectly throughout the private island. They did, however, miss out on the always entertaining dread-filled synchronized head banging from singer Elias Sorriano and guitarist Rasheed Thomas.
The last tender returned from the beach at 5:30 to kick off the night's boat shows with Papa Roach on the Monster Deck stage. Every time this band performs they give it their all and leave nothing behind. They opened their set with "Burn" which got the crowd riled up right away. With seven album under their belt, they definitely had quite the plethora of songs to choose from. Throughout the set, lead singer Jacoby Shaddix took some time to talk to the crowd, joking around and sharing stories about their decision to finally join ShipRocked, despite the worry of getting seasick. Their hour and fifteen minute set flew by as they played hits including "Still Swingin'," "...To Be Loved," "Getting Away With Murder," and of course, "Last Resort."
At 7:30 Tremonti took the Headbanger stage for an intimate show overlooking the ocean. Frontman Mark Tremonti showcased his heavier side away from Creed and Alter Bridge, impressing fans with his flawless guitar skills. Soon after, the overlapping sets began. The night catered to shows from Wilson, the hilarious Jim Breuer, Crash Kings, Living Colour, Scorpion Child, and Digital Summer. Wilson's f***ery filled metal entertained fans in the Atrium before heading up to the main deck to listen to classics like "Cult of Personality" with Living Colour.
Some chose to sacrifice the evening's shows instead, securing their place in a line that spanned half the boat on 3 floors. Not surprisingly, the line was for ShipRocked veterans Sevendust. The all acoustic set at the Stardust Theater was packed to capacity with fans eager to hear the softer side of the band. Guitarists Clint Lowery and John Connolly sang the verses on "Got a Feeling" before frontman Lajon Witherspoon took over on the powerful chorus. Anyone skeptical that Sevendust can't contain their heavy sound into an acoustic set will not be disappointed if ShipRocked is any indication of what to expect on the band's upcoming acoustic tour.
The Stardust Theater emptied and fans headed up to the deck to washy-washy and grab some food just in time for the clock to strike midnight. Love & Death took their place on the Monster Deck stage and gave it their all, proving that it's never too late in the night to rock out. Midway through the set, singer and Korn guitarist, Brian 'Head' Welch, gave one fan the opportunity of a lifetime, bringing him on stage to sing with the band. They closed out the set with the emotionally driven "Chemicals," during which the entire floor was screaming along.
After Love & Death's set, those still awake had the option of doing live karaoke with Andy Wood or checking out Three Days Grace drummer, Neil Sanderson's DJ set. The night raged until the early hours of the morning, just in time to head over to the beach and take a nap in the sun.