The concerts on the private island are epic: sand, surf, tropical drinks, beach balls, and killer beats thrown down by, say, Skrillex or Pharrell.
Groove at the Galaxy Disco
It's snug and informal, and DJs turn up in the wee hours to play. In 2014, Tiesto and Claude VonStroke went back to back here for one of the fest's most memorable sets.
Participate in an artist-run activity
Good-sport DJs host diversions such as yoga classes, kung fu lessons, scotch tastings, scavenger hunts, and poker games. They're fun. Be there.
Go all out for theme nights
Whether it's Pirate Night, Prom Night, or Disco Fever Night, folks come prepared with fake parrots, frilly tuxedos, glittery jumpsuits, and whatever else is required to rock it.
Hit the Miami pre-party
Many of the DJs on the boat spin at a local club the night before departure, and the ShipFam converges early for an extra night of revelry.
It's a good idea to arrive a day early as a cushion for travel delays. The fest has deals with various hotels, so plan accordingly!
Be advised that tickets sell out fast. Returning cruisers get first dibs when tickets are released. New cruisers go into a lottery, and if selected, they can buy any remaining tickets a few days later. After that, fans are put on a waiting list.