Ashley Blythe, a 42 year-old US expat living in Bangkok, has never been on a cruise. The idea of holidaying on a boat and docking at a succession of ports has simply never appealed. Yet this August, she will fly from Thailand to Barcelona to embark on a five-day cruise around the Mediterranean aboard the 2,500-berth luxury liner Norwegian Pearl, at the cost of around £3,000. The reason? Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian are hosting a music festival on the ship, and the chance to attend is a “once in a lifetime kind of thing”.
“I’m a long-time Belle & Sebastian fan, and [the opportunity] to spend five days with music and bands that I love was too much to pass up,” Blythe says.
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