Top regional acts for Soca on the Seas
Juliana Fermin, the woman behind the event, said tickets have been selling since last year's event and already over 300 bookings have been made.
Speaking to Loop at a meeting with all the artistes booked to perform, Fermin said the impact of the first edition is already being felt.
She said a Zumba instructor called Erika Dixon found out about Soca on the Seas via social media and as a result came to Trinidad this year for Carnival with a 40 -member strong contingent.
Dixon has now teamed up with Soca on the Seas to present soca Zumba classes during the cruise.
"These are all non-Caribbean people. She alone is responsible for about 80 people who have absolutely no affiliation with the Caribbean and out of that two of them are bringing in 24 each to celebrate their birthday and anniversary," said Fermin.
Over 20 artistes are booked to perform at Soca on the Seas this year among them Orlando Octave Blaxx, Patrice Roberts, Allison Hinds, Asten Isaac, Skinny Fabulous, Tallpree, Angela Hunte, Terri Lyons, Yankey Boy, Ricky T, Marzville, and Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons and the Asylum band.
Redbull Threestyle winner DJ Puffy will be among the DJs performing.
The cruise, which will take place over five days instead of three, will see some major productions among them a "Ganges Meets the Nile" show at the Orpheum Theatre featuring KI, Neval Chatelal and Nishard as well as David Rudder, Blaxx and Olatunji.
Fermin said there will be limbo, Indian and folk dancing.
Soca on the Seas will also see a costumed parade with YUMA's 2018 presentations as well as costumes from Miami's Euphoria Mas and Richard's Carnival out of Baltimore.
Discussions are also being held with Ronnie and Caro and other bands in T&T.
HaHaHa Productions, led by comedian Nikki Crosby, will also produce a theatrical presentation, which will include Ro’dey, Cecilia Salazar, Debra Boucaud Mason and Penelope Spencer.
Fashion will also be on display with Christian Boucaud Designs, Honamic Designs and Marie Francis Designs.
Patrons will also have a chance to shine on stage with the first ever Soca Karaoke competition called "So You Want To Be A Soca Artiste” where contestants must submit a video singing a Soca song to be eligible to enter the competition, which will be held on the final night of Soca On The Seas. The competition will be judged by a panel of three celebrities and the winner will get an opportunity to perform with a Soca star at the grand last-lap event.
Fermin said she is already looking forward to 2018 where she plans to take Soca on the Seas out of Europe and negotiating to have the cruise ship dock in Trinidad.
So far, she said, she has no sponsorship though she has approached a few companies.
"It gets your product on board not only in the Caribbean islands but also big cities and then you have the other half other ship we have invited to our shows, it is exposure to at least 2400 people," she said of the benefits to sponsoring the event.
Soca On The Seas 2017 will be held from October 9 to October 13, and will make its voyage from the Port of Miami, on to Nassau (Bahamas), then to Cococay, (Bahamas - Royal Caribbean International’s Private Island), before heading to Key West (Florida), and ending at the Port of Miami.
Radio host Jason Williams willl be one of the MCs for the event.