Seniors in the Live Sound Technology department at NESCom are setting sail this week with 25 country music acts including Blake Shelton for the Blake Shelton Cruise, departing Miami on October 14th.
Their involvement with the cruise, which is billed as “the biggest live country music event to ever set sail”, came about because an alumnus of the New England School of Communications wanted to give back to the school. Tim Cabral (’90) spent the majority of his post-NESCom career at Carnival Cruise Lines before starting Cruise Production, his own company, based out of Florida. Cabral explained via phone during today’s busy load-in, “With this new chapter in my career it seemed like a great chance to pay it forward to NESCom students just starting out“.
The cruise will place 7 students in the Live Sound Technology department on the Norwegian Cruise Lines “Pearl” for a 7 day cruise with stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau. In addition to the headliner Blake Shelton, the roster includes Trace Adkins, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, Jerrod Nieman and Neal McCoy along with 17 up and coming country acts. With that many stars, it’s sure to be a busy week for all crew on board.
Once on ship, the students, along with Interim Audio Engineering Department Head Eric Ferguson will work as stage crew on over 100 live shows scheduled during this massive country music extravaganza. Ferguson explains the value in the trip: “it’s a great opportunity for them to see what a large cruise ship production entails with a tough schedule, constant activity and working with both the performers and the venues throughout the ship“.
The students are all packed, ready to go and have plans to keep their classmates updated during their time at sea with plans to publish updates here at blog.nescom.edu.
Cabral has stayed involved with NESCom over the years and is a member of the school’s Program Advisory Committee. He looks forward to a successful cruise with plans well into the future: “Cruise Productions has cruises booked into 2015 and I would love to have NESCom students involved in future projects“.
The Blake Shelton Cruise runs October 14th to the 21st. Find more information at blakesheltoncruise.com