One of the most influential and groundbreaking acts in Christian music, dc Talk officially got its start in the late ‘80s when Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait and Kevin Max met at Liberty University. With numerous Dove Awards, three Grammy Awards, one multi-platinum album, two platinum albums, two gold albums and two gold-certified long-form videos attest to the group's ability to bridge the wall between religious and secular audiences.


For Newsboys, breaking records and selling albums has never really been its focus. Instead, Michael Tait (lead vocals), along with bandmates Jody Davis (guitars, vocals), Duncan Phillips (drums, percussion) and Jeff Frankenstein (keyboards, production) provide an exhilarating entertainment experience for music fans while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.


Trusting his instincts and leaning into his faith spurred this veteran artist to make the most personal album of his career with The Elements. “I let go of worrying about the charts and if I’m good enough - things that come along with the business of artistry,” TobyMac says of his new approach. “The most important thing to me now is when I walk into a studio to record a song ‘does it make you feel something?’ And, is there a reason for it to exist in this world?"


Since “Stereotype Be,” there has been no stopping him. With each new entry in his evolving canon, he continues to push the boundaries of expectations as he refines his artistic diversity. “I’m at home creating what hits me spontaneously,” he muses. “I don’t have an agenda for what I do from project to project. I write a lot of what comes to my head, but that is taking from life experiences.”


With over 500 million video views, comedian and viral video sensation John Crist is the next big thing in standup comedy. Whether you know him from viral videos “Millennial International,” “Lady Who Has a Bible Verse for Every Situation,” or “Road Rage in the Church Parking Lot,” Crist has solidified his comedy prowess with sold out shows from coast to coast, highlighted by recent television appearances on Live at Gotham and Laughs on Fox. 


Three-time GRAMMY® nominee and Season 5 American Idol finalist Mandisa is a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world. You can see Mandisa on her new tour, "Mandisa's Girls Night LIVE". Mandisa’s desire is that each night will be different than the night before. With the added element of “Girl Chat,” the audience will have the opportunity to shape the conversation.


After years of writing songs and performing live shows, Ryan caught the attention of TOBYMAC, who signed him to his label, Gotee Records. Toby was blown away by his talent, saying: "Ryan is an impressive songwriter who understands the delicate balance of writing songs about his faith and walking it out in a cold, cold world. He never shies away from a 'Jesus' lyric, 'cause he is fully aware of where his strength comes from."


Texas native Micah Tyler has become well-known thanks to his viral parody video “You Gotta Love Millennial's” which has over 65 million views on YouTube and Facebook combined. His currently release, DIFFERENT is a must.

Micah is current on tour with MercyMe Music and Crowder Music.


Describing his music as a hybrid between R&B, pop and hip-hop, Cole’s music is a perfect blend of styles with a messages that range from pursuing your dreams, life issues to keeping God first. His vocal talents have been featured on songs by Hollyn, Canon, Deraj and DJ Maj. In 2016, Cole was inducted into Christian Hip Hop’s top media outlet Rapzilla’s Freshman Class and noted by Essence Magazine as one of 16 gospel artists to watch.




Always looking for the funny side of things, Heath brings his unique, snarky perspective to every event.  He uses his charming, storytelling style to point out the humor of everyday life.  His wit and genuine likeability have made him a favorite at venues all over the country. Born a Cajun, growing up in the company of rednecks, and finally finding a home with hippies, Heath is currently being raised by his wife and three kids in Colorado. 


Jared Emerson has established himself as a world-renowned performance and studio artist; sought after by professional athletes, sports franchises, corporations and musical artists. His most sought after piece “Face of God” has helped raise over $1,000,000 for charities around the world.  The demand for his time and gift has elevated him to one of the most sought after performance artists in the country. His renowned art is owned by notables such as Mike Fisher and wife Carrie Underwood, Danica Patrick, Willie Mays, Jimmy John, Guy Fieri, Fred Funk, George Hincapie, Jeff Foxworthy, Coach Joe Gibbs and numerous others. 

Will I get to meet dc Talk?

Yes, you will have an opportunity to meet the guys and get your picture. These pictures will take place in the terminal prior to the cruise.


What is different about the Jesus Freak Cruise from a regular cruise?

We are so glad you asked! We’ve chartered the entire ship, so it will be filled with folks just like you. There are concerts every night from your favorite artists, and of course dc Talk! Dance parties, theme nights, games, teen events, devotions, etc. there is something for everyone on the cruise!


What makes the Mariner of the Seas so special?

It is a nautical marvel that has just received over 100 million dollars in renovations. Rock-climbing, bungee jumping, mini-golf, full court basketball court, an escape room, and that’s just the beginning. There are six whirlpools, three pools, flow rider, laser tag and an ice skating rink, all while sailing in the middle of the sea!


What is there to do for kids and teens on board?

This is the perfect vacation for the entire family. There is the Adventure Ocean Club for children to play, do crafts, stories, etc. The Royal Babies and Tots nursery will ensure that our littlest cruisers have fun while being well cared for. And for your teens, there is a full size arcade, the Living Room (where they can hang), the Fuel Teen Disco and The Back Deck. In addition to these we will have special events for the teens to hang with an artist or two, special teen devos and other activities.


Tell me about theme nights?

We will have three theme nights on the cruise, Formal Night – a fun night to kick off those flip flops and wear your best, Luau Night – this will really get your into the Caribbean mood, and 80’s night. – all things, like totally neon, and we’ll finish the evening with a Glow-Dance Party. The prize patrol will be out looking for the best costumes.


Will I get hungry on the cruise?

In one simple answer, No! There is always something available to eat on the cruise. Complimentary Dining includes the main dining room, the Boardwalk Dog House (hot dogs of all types!), the Windjammer buffet and Café Promenade that always has yummy snacks.


What are the Specialty Restaurants and are they worth the extra money?

YES!  Chops Grille (steakhouse), Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, Jamie’s Italian, and Johnny Rockets are a flat price per person, and you can eat until your heart is content. We’ve eaten at all four of the restaurants, and they are all delicious. The Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, Ice Cream Parlor and Starbucks are also extra costs, but a lot of fun.


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