By Gina J

Along with hitting the road later this year to support their new release, In a World Like This, the Backstreet Boys will also take to the sea for the third Backstreet Boys Cruise. Fans who wish to join BSB in the Bahamas will only be able to sign up to a waiting list—the cruise sold out in just 45 minutes.

“It’s great,” said Nick Carter of the seagoing experience. “We have a great time with our fans. They get to see us in a different light than just normally performing up on stage.”

The concert cruise is a growing trend, with bands from Matchbox Twenty to Weezer taking to the high seas on a boat filled with some of their biggest fans this year, but Nick and Howie Dorough believe the cruise’s greatest appeal is offering a closer connection between the band and their fans.  That… and, of course, the partying!

“The last cruise we had, we did this game… We got crazy and did some stuff with the fans,” Howie recalled.  “We get interactive with the fans.  We did Twister with them, so you’ve got Backstreet Boys intermingled in between girls’ legs, trying to find a red… whatever!  It was pretty funny.”

“It’s one big party,” he continued. “We are constantly doing games, excursions, beach parties, we perform on stage, autograph sessions… It’s just a big booze cruise!  It’s a lot of fun!”

–Tyler Roman and Bill Sencio, 96.5 TIC/ Hartford


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