Earlier this month, Your EDM reported on the word of a trusted source that Holy Ship! would not be returning in 2020. Our source’s information was compounded by a tweet from Gary Richards’ new venture Friendship, saying, “FriendShip is the only Ship #2020.”


As it turns out, our source was correct… but only about half way. Holy Ship! will not sail in 2020, but it will host a destination festival for the first time. Rather than sailing on a Caribbean ship, attendees will be staying four days and nights at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on January 22-26, 2020. It’s also being rebranded: Holy Ship! Wrecked.

Holy Ship! and its new iteration will share much of the same beloved features, like sunsets on the beach and sets from favorite artists. However, with the new destination festival factor (and higher price), there are some new features being afforded to attendees that they’ve never had before.

The resort in Punta Cana will give attendees twelve pools to choose from, plus four swim-up bars, a lazy river, and an expansive palm-lined beach. In addition, you’ll have access to a full, open bar, complimentary meals in 9 different restaurants (including pizza, sushi, Mediterranean, Brazilian steakhouse, and 24 hour room service, among others), plus, free high speed internet throughout the entire property.

There’s also a full service casino with sportsbook, a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course located on site, and luxurious spa… for an additional charge.

A Message to the Community from Holy Ship HQ:

Over the last eight years and thirteen sailings, you have shown that Shipfam can’t be contained to a boat. Shipfam exists in the towns and cities where you live, at the shows and festivals where you gather, and in the communities you’ve created across the globe. Now we get to take over an all-inclusive resort in another part of the world while experiencing the best music, community, vibes, beaches and shenanigans. Together.

When we launched Holy Ship it was the first of its kind. We’ve seen what works and what doesn’t and we’ve applied that knowledge to bring you something new. We all know the boat is magic – and we’re not ruling out returning to the high seas down the road. In the meantime, we know that Holy Ship! Wrecked will give you everything the boat did and so much more. After all, our time on the island was never enough and you won’t know how much you love something until you experience it for yourself …

We may be shipwrecked, but this new venue is sure to blow your mind. Let’s spread the Shipfam spirit and show them how to party on land in 2020!

Prices are per person and start at $1299 for a quad, $1399 for a triple, and $1599 for a double occupancy room. A $250 deposit holds your spot to book a room when the lineup is announced; fans can put down their deposit when tokens go on sale on May 3 at 10am PDT. Only one deposit is required per room at this time.