The Ark is a floating music festival that takes in Mediterranean port cities, such as Barcelona, Ibiza, and Palma De Mallorca, and features a curated lineup of nearly 100 of the world’s most epic dance music acts.

Officially launched in 2017, the festival was so popular that it was extended to two voyages in 2018 – with both voyages sold out. During the festival, nearly 5,000 “Chosen Ones” sail over 1,500km as part of a legendary discovery of dance music, making new friends and crafting incredible memories.

Here are 5 reasons The Ark Cruise is like no other festival you’ve ever experienced.

Luxury. Luxury. Luxury

Held on a billion-dollar floating palace with almost 800 crew on hand, The Ark is possibly the most luxurious festival in the world – from elegantly designed guest rooms to decadent restaurants, energising onboard facilities, and modern themed bars and lounges. There is no camping in the mud or queuing to use the bathrooms.

Each guest’s room is fitted out above-and-beyond what you'd expect for a similar hotel room, resplendent with luxury fittings, personal showers, bathrooms, in-room entertainment, and complimentary room service – yes, that’s COMPLIMENTARY 24/7 room service.

Dine like royalty

Aboard The Ark, there’s no lining up for food vendors, no loading a wristband to pay for food, and no having to deal with deep-fried food trucks as you do at most music festivals. Included in the ticket price are a host of tantalising restaurants, where guests are able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner each day, all as part of the ticket price.

Those looking for an even more elevated dining experience on The Ark, at an additional cost, can enjoy fine dining experiences hosted by Michelin-starred celebrity chefs or head into Ben & Jerry’s for ice cream.

Unparalleled entertainment

The lineup of electronic artists aboard The Ark includes over 90 massive names from Europe and elsewhere on the globe – catering for all tastes and for every possible vibe that a dance music aficionado could want.

Yet while the dance music acts are one of the main highlights to attending The Ark, the available entertainment doesn’t stop there. The Ark also features a range of facilities like a spa and wellness centre, theatre, casino, rock climbing wall, mini golf, swimming pools, solarium, whirlpools, and table tennis.

See the world

Most festivals take place in a single location, but The Ark is a unique exception. The ship meanders through four of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful port cities, giving passengers time to leave The Ark and explore each one.

Passengers have the opportunity to sip a cocktail on the beach or swim in the Med’s crystal clear water, sampling some of the best seafood the world has to offer, exploring castles and cathedrals, tapas tasting, or taking in the architecture and museums.

It’s all-inclusive

At many festivals, the ticket price grants attendees no more than entry into the event, but The Ark is truly all-inclusive.

Entry on The Ark includes luxurious accommodation for the entire time on board, all meals and snacks in the fully-catered restaurants, non-carbonated beverages, all the event’s music and entertainment, access to almost all the ship’s facilities at no extra charge, a goodie bag on arrival, and taxes and government charges.

Getting there

The Ark sets sail from Barcelona, and various airlines offer daily flights from London. For a hassle-free trip to Barcelona, remember to pre-book a hoppa airport transfer to get you to the harbour of Barcelona.

Hoppa is the world’s top specialist in smooth, reliable transfers, and every one of our partners stands by our promises – to be there when we say we will, to give you a safe driving experience, and to clearly confirm your pick up details.

Is The Ark on your bucket list? Or have you attended the festival before? Let us know in the comments below.

If you’re interested in The Ark festival and want a better idea of what it’s like, please take a look at the video below.

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