It’s The Ship sailed its biggest cruise a few weeks ago with four thousand passengers from 88 countries and close to 100 performers on its fourth voyage that began in Singapore with a stopover at the bustling island of Phuket in Thailand.

The new route proved to be a blessing for many, myself included. Previous stopovers along the Malaysian coastlines shortened the distance of the cruise, which led to the ship disembarking at 8AM. Arriving at 7.30PM this year allowed us to nurse that nasty hangover and lack of slumber in the last 72 hours.

It also helped that the cabins on Genting Dream Cruise were as luxurious as many five star hotels. That is one of the main reasons I never made it to any sunrise sets this year. Nevertheless, I did successfully clock in long hours of dance floor debaucheries that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive with this year’s EDM-heavy lineup, especially when most of the names were unfamiliar to me. Having said that, ITS always aims to take their passengers out of their comfort zones, and they succeeded once again in 2017.

I walked in and out through the mainstage, the Zouk indoor club and its outdoor arena, which was dubbed the Anchor Stage, looking for the perfect spot to park myself on the first night. While I was genuinely entertained watching India’s favourite bass artist, Nucleya, combining dubstep and drum & bass elements with traditional music, I did feel a bit restless standing amongst the hordes of people at the mainstage.

I then decided to give the Anchor Stage another go to catch DJ Sliink’s set. Having been out of touch with the urban music scene in the last couple of years, I was blown away with the OWSLA DJ’s set instantaneously. I bounced, grinded and even twerked to an amazing set that combined elements of hip hop, R&B, soul, trap and everything good that represented urban music. It wasn’t just the typical 90s R&B, and hip hop that most local clubs prefer to play—it was refreshing! I never realised how caught up I’ve been in the world of house, techno and drum & bass in the last five years, missing out on what’s been going outside of that spectrum. Some call it future bass but it wasn’t easy to define. Whatever it is, I stuck with that vibe throughout the cruise.

Day two was undoubtedly the best amongst the three. After last night I was definitely not going to miss the Block Party at the Sportsplex. Despite great music from Joe Flizzow, SonaOne, Thaitanium, Bangkok Invaders and Twopee, nothing beat DJ Craze’s set at Zouk and the impromptu afterparty set at the Silk Road theatre. It was a special occasion for the former DMC champion as he celebrated his 40th birthday. He even brought his wife and teenage daughter to help commemorate the milestone.

I am also proud to say I popped my Chippendales cherry that night. Four of them, including the dance troupe’s favourite celebrity guest, Tyson Beckford, gave us all a great half an hour teaser of their infamous Las Vegas male striptease show. Beckford, who was also this year’s “captain,” was obviously the star of the show, but we’ll stop there because what happens at a Chippendales show stays sacred for those who were present.

I continued my quest for beats, bass and a whole lot of soul on the final night with impressive sets by the Los Angeles based Japanese DJ and producer StarRo and Dutch sensation Jarreau Vandal. I wasn’t a huge fan before, but I am at the borderline of becoming a huge fangirl of both of them now.

Needless to say, I had another musically fulfilling cruise this year as I reignited my love with the world of beats, bass and everything deliciously soulful. One can just hope that

It’s The Ship will stick to their ever changing music policy for next year. Until then, I’ll be savouring memories of bouncing to Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” for the millionth time on the Genting Dream Cruise.



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