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Announcing Groove Island 2019: A first of it’s kind immersive dance music experience on Catalina Island

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Whet Travel, the award-winning innovators and leaders of the dance music cruise craze since 2004, are once again revolutionizing an industry and creating an unparalleled debut experience.

On the weekend of September 27-30, 2019, the blissful and picture-perfect paradise of Catalina Island will become a carefully curated and all-encompassing celebration of life, positivity, and dance music. To accommodate the expected attendance, Whet Travel has bought out nearly all of the hotels, AirBNBs, and the entire campground, plus will have will have yacht, ferry, and helicopter packages available when it goes on sale March 20 at noon PST 3 p.m. EST.  

Traveling to Catalina is only an hour ferry ride from Los Angeles and a little longer from Orange County. Or arrive in style by helicopter in only 15 minutes from the mainland.  Once at Groove Island, a whole world of music, sports, culture, and entertainment await, and attendees can curate their own special movie-like experience. Known virally thanks to the annual Catalina Wine Mixer–started after the popularity of the Will Ferrell film Step Brothers-Groove Island turns the energy up to 11. Whet Travel adoringly calls their fanbase “Captains” (nominated for best fanbase at XLIVE). They will be treated to over 40 dance music artists from multiple genres across several island venues while participating in day and night costume theme parties such as the “Roaring ‘20s” in the Grand Casino Ballroom with the largest circular ballroom dance floor in the world to celebrate 100 Years of Wrigley’s Catalina. Additionally, Groove Island captains can indulge in an array of mouth-watering food available 24 hours a day, Whet Oasis chillout experience with yoga, meditation, and wellness workshops, a silent disco, side-splitting stand-up comedy, and plenty of other adventures also await.

Stunning and unspoiled Catalina Island is renowned for its diverse and unique wildlife (more than 60 plant and animal species are found solely on Catalina), dive sites, and the breathtaking peak of Orizaba. Two harbors adorn the island, as do rows of picture-perfect palm trees and cabanas along Descanso Beach. With hints of art deco style, white sand beaches, and deep blue seas, it is the stuff of vacation dreams and offers endless possibilities for exploration and your own jaunts of discovery. There will be artist-hosted activities such as a golf and fishing tournament, hiking the mountainous interior, zip lining, jet skiing, ropes course, a ghost tour, culinary class and much more.

This bold and ambitious project is produced by Whet Travel, a globally renowned team with more than 15 years of experience producing over 50 island destination parties throughout the Caribbean and Mexico–including Catalina Island. Whet Travel has also produced 43 music and corporate cruises such as Groove Cruise, Salsa Cruise, Zen Cruise, Motorboat, and more, plus nightclub takeovers with their Cruise Control brand. Now upping the ante and creating the ultimate island destination party, the team has pulled out all the stops to ensure Groove Island is a captivating and spectacular event that encourages you to leave the world behind and enjoy a special adult playground for a magical weekend.
With a social conscience, the festival also offers the Whet Foundation Volunteer and Community Projects for a chance to give back to the locals in destinations the travel company visits. The Whet Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 created in 2011 and a portion of all Groove Island proceeds and merchandise will go to local initiatives in Catalina.  

About Whet Travel

Celebrating 15 years in 2019, over 50,000 captains have chosen Whet Travel for their bucket list adventures. Whet Travel has executed 24 full ship charters including Groove Cruise Miami January 10-14, 2019 (15-year anniversary), as well as Salsa Cruise (20 year anniversary in 2018), Zen Cruise, Motorboat and more. Whet Travel has been recognized in media outlets such as the Travel Channel, Forbes, USA Today, Huffington Post, New York Times, NBC, Telemundo, CNN, Marie Claire, received the prestigious Charter Partner of the Year award from Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines, plus Inc Magazine ranked Whet Travel as the No. 4 fastest-growing travel company in the USA.

About Groove Cruise

The World’s Original and Premier Electronic Music Cruise started in 2004 and recently celebrated the massive milestone of 15 years in business, 31 sailings and tens of thousands of lives that have been permanently changed in a positive way. The Groove Cruise (led by founder Jason Beukema) is the only music cruise to sail from both East and West coasts and is a non-stop experience comprised of 3-4 straight days of beach, pool and theme parties, great food, 50+ artists, and luxurious destination parties. In addition to the standard cruise amenities, there are also artist activities, yoga classes paired with deep house, outrageous costume parties, world-class production, and various onboard events that rival the best dance music festivals in the world. The captains are the best thing about this bucket list experience and the #GCFAM community was recently nominated as the #1 fan community at XLIVE. Groove Cruise sails again January 9-13, 2020 from Miami to Costa Maya on the luxurious Celebrity Infinity and is already over 92% sold out. Groove Cruise is produced by Whet Travel.