Iron maiden voyage: Cruise ship takes heavy metal fans to the seas
This cruise ship really is the Boat that Rocked – taking thousands of heavy metal fans to the seas.
The cruise, known as 70,000 Tons of Metal, sees rockers jam to live bands, bomb into pools, and simply soak up the Caribbean sunshine.
The event was photographed by New York resident Giacomo Fortunato, who travelled from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, to Jamaica between February 4 and February 8 2016.
Giacomo, a fan of metal music since he was eight years old, shared a tiny room with another rocker, partying until 5am with the 3,000 fans who attended.
His project, To Hell and Back, captures the raw energy of the event – as well as rockers relaxing when they took a break from partying.
In total, around 60 bands performed at various parts of the ship, starting around 10am and playing until sunrise the next day.
The cruise’s inaugural voyage took place in 2011 and has been running annually ever since.
It also claims to boast ‘The World’s Largest Open Air Stage to Sail the Seas.’
Giacomo, 31, said: “It seemed like a funny juxtaposition of 3,000 people wearing black in the Caribbean sun listening to what some might consider the least relaxing music ever.
“We drank; we sang; we partied in jacuzzis until 5am, watching bands perform on the pool deck of the ship.
“Bands played from 10am to sunrise the next day, every day, throughout several venues scattered across the ship.
“There was very little time to fuel up with food or rest.”