Choose Your Cruise, Australia’s leading floating festival company, is proud to unveil their highly anticipated return of Rock the Boat in 2025. Set aboard the luxurious Carnival Luminosa, this 7-night celebration of Australian rock icons will embark from Sydney on a round trip to the enchanting South Pacific, featuring captivating ports of call including Noumea and Mare (New Caledonia) from 19 – 26 October 2025.

The festival’s stellar line-up includes Australian acts that have left an indelible mark on the music scene. Headlining the event will be the iconic Jimmy Barnes delivering his raw energy on stage. James Reyne, with his distinctive voice and chart-topping hits, will be another highlight of the cruise. Both acts will bring their signature style to the festival stage.

Among the headliners performing on Rock the Boat 2025 are some of Australia’s most iconic musicians including Ian Moss, revered for his virtuoso guitar skills, who promises an unforgettable show. Timeless rock anthems of The Angels, and the chart-topping hits of Daryl Braithwaite alongside the soulful melodies of Mahalia Barnes, every performance is set to ignite the stage and captivate audiences.

In addition, Russell Morris, a true legend of Australian music, will showcase his talent along with Glenn Shorrock & Brian Cadd, Chocolate Starfish, Southern Sons, Thirsty Merc, Sarah McLeod, Lennon: Give Peace a Chance featuring Steve Balbi, and Don’t Change – Ultimate INXS, ensuring that every moment on board ticks all the boxes for a music lovers bucket list holiday.

But the excitement doesn’t end there! Rock the Boat 2025 boasts an impressive roster of over 30 performers, ensuring non-stop entertainment throughout the voyage. Attendees will be treated to a diverse range of musical genres and talents, including Steve Balbi, Bourbon Street, Haxan (UK), Dirty Deeds, Yacht Rock Revival, The Hype Boys, The 80’s Rock Show, Baggy Trousers, AJ & The Wildhearts, AJ & Wayne Electric Duo, Great Creedence Revival, The Buddy Holly Show, The Little Steely Brothers, Dave Leslie, Dai Pritchard, James Van Cooper, Woodstok, Buddy Goode, The Fox and The Hound, Mick Buckley, and Lachlan Edwards.

In addition to the incredible musical lineup, Rock the Boat 2025 offers a plethora of amenities and activities onboard the Carnival Luminosa. Passengers can indulge in gourmet dining experiences, relax by the poolside with panoramic ocean views, unwind at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, or partake in exciting onboard activities and workshops. Whether it’s dancing under the stars to live music or exploring the vibrant ports of call, every moment promises adventure and entertainment. The ship offers a range of entertainment venues including the main stage, located on Luminosa’s Pool Deck ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Guests will experience the headliners on our all-weather pool deck stage. This innovative venue features a retractable roof that can be open to the warm South Pacific summer air or closed depending on weather conditions. This world-class concert staging will be transformed with full production, bringing a new level of excitement, and creating a live electric atmosphere to our passengers who love to party and enjoy every moment on board. Guests will experience the headliners on our all weather pool deck stage. This innovative venue features a retractable roof that can be open to the warm South Pacific summer air or closed (weather dependent).

The pool deck provides general admission standing areas, a dance floor and a mezzanine level for better viewing and caters to accessible needs, ensuring an optimal concert at sea experience for all attendees. And don’t worry, there are plenty of bars to take advantage of Carnival’s Cheers! Drink packages available on board.

In addition to the incredible entertainment and ship, Rock the Boat 2025’s ports of call on this extraordinary journey to New Caledonia include:

  • Noumea: Discover the French-influenced charm of Noumea, where white sandy beaches beckon and vibrant markets offer a taste of local culture.
  • Mare: Step into paradise on Mare, known for its pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and opportunities for snorkelling and water sports in the crystal-clear waters.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE (per person – twin share)

Cruise aboard the Carnival Luminosa
All meals, entertainment, and gratuities on board
All Rock the Boat Headline Shows and performances
Port charges and government taxes
Costs are per adult in $AUD and are based on a twin share in basis. Single travellers must pay 150% the full twin share price. Costs are subject to change with or without notice.

Airfare, passport and fees and insurances of all kinds
Laundry, phone calls, beverages, items of a personal nature, optional excursions etc.
The price does not cover costs and expenses, including the return to your home, if you leave the cruise at your own volition, or due to illness, or
due to official action by the government.


Contact us today on 02 9772 2066 for more information. But hurry, with such a great line up cabins will sell quickly!


All offers are subject to Terms & Conditions. All prices quoted are per person twin share unless otherwise stated and subject to availability & operator conditions. Prices are correct at time of print but may be subject to change without notification. Operators reserve the right to withdraw offers at any time.