After an unexpected two year hiatus, Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise returns in 2022 for its 7th annual musical excursion across the Caribbean Sea and announces its artist lineup. The new dates will be December 7-12, 2022, sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. The six-day, five-night cruise will depart from Miami, Florida’s cruise port with stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before its return.
Today, WTJRC reveals this year’s formidable lineup. From reggae, dancehall, lover’s rock and everything in between, Jamaican music from every pivotal era will be represented at this year’s cruise. Two-time Grammy award winner and living reggae legend Burning Spear will perform for the first time after a six year hiatus. Classic dancehall fans are in store for a rare special performance from the legendary Shabba Ranks. Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley will return to the stage with their catalog of hits. Dancehall icons like Bounty Killer, T.O.K. Cham and Ding Dong will heat up the crowd, while reggae acts from all generations like Johnny Osborne, Morgan Heritage, Cocoa Tea, Sizzla, j Boog and Kabaka Pyramid will tap into conscious minds alike. Cruisers will also swoon to the sounds of lover’s rock from singers Maxi Priest, Tarrus Riley, Christopher Ellis, Etana and newcomer Naomi Cowan.
Defending sound system champion Warrior Sound has also announced his return for the annual Sound Clash At Sea. This is one of WTJRC’s most-anticipated climatic events, where sound systems go head-to-head, tune-for-tune to battle it out for the championship title. WTJRC will announce the full DJ and sound system lineup at a later date.
Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise has become one of the most in-demand reggae gatherings in the world, selling out every year since its inception in 2014. Each year, fans spanning from over 40 countries converge for their love of reggae and Jamaican culture. From the hottest concerts and soundclashes to morning Nyabinghi meditations, the musical performances, entertainment, food, fitness and wellness activities all give cruise-goers a slice of Jamaica before they dock. Founders Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and his manager Dan Dalton have made it his mission for the cruise to embody the island’s rich culture through and through.
See Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise’s critical praise over the years.
“hottest concert party ticket on the seven seas.” – Essence
“JamRock Is The Coolest Cruise You’ve Never Been On” – Huffington Post
“…five nights of performances by the biggest names in Jamaican music and helmed by one of today’s most exhilarating artists, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley…” – Forbes
“With its comprehensive presentation of Jamaican music…developed from an untested concept for reggae into, arguably, the genre’s premier event” – Billboard
“A supposedly Irie thing I’ll most certainly do again..a five-night pilgrimage from Miami to Jamaica featuring pretty much every big name in contemporary Jamaican music, from dancehall to dub, singer to sound system.” – NPR
“A rare opportunity for fans outside of Jamaica to catch their favorite artists.”