For the last several months, independent radio host Jesse Thorn has been asking his listeners to sign up for updates from Boatparty.biz, a website that was, by his own admission, little more than "a drawing of a boat" and a place to enter an email address.

Few visitors to the site knew why they were giving out their email, but many did so anyway, apparently concluding that the minds behind the comedy convention MaxFunCon could do no wrong. On Tuesday, Boatparty.biz finally divulged its secret: The boat party would be just that, a three-night cruise from Miami to the Bahamas dubbed The Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival, presented by MaximumFun.org, Splitsider and KCRW.

The announcement trumpeted the pack of indie stars -- including Marc Maron, John Hodgman and Kristen Schaal -- making the schlep while making it clear that this trip wouldn't just be for podcast-listening, scarf-knitting, Bon Iver listening Brooklynites. "Don't worry, cruise enthusiasts," read the invitation. "There will also be shuffleboard and giant plates of shrimp."

The cruise is hardly the first themed excursion into the Atlantic, but the AOCMF seems singular for two reasons. First off, the cruise element of the trip seems entirely incidental. The shrimp and shuffleboard is merely an addendum to the main attraction, a flirtation with the booming world of so-called independent comedy. Secondly, the audience likely consists primarily of exactly the sort of people who would have vowed during various loft parties that they would "never consider taking a cruise."

Does this mean that the AOCMF is the world's first completely ironic cruise? Maybe, but there were already a few contenders. The Titanic Lovers Cruise marking the 100th anniversary of the good ship's descent into the North Atlantic was probably more morbid than ironic, but the Bruise Cruise -- an indie rock showcase that made a big media splash -- came dangerously close.

One thing is for damn sure, the sort of cruisers looking to take to the sea with the host of IFC's fake game show are probably going to need a lot of suntan lotion.

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  • Barenaked Ladies

    In February 2011, the band <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/09/barenaked-ladies-norwegia_n_606136.html" target="_hplink">Barenaked Ladies hosted a Norwegian Cruise</a> called "Ships and Dip 4" aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/08/norwegian-dawn_n_911108.html" target="_hplink">Norwegian Dawn</a>. That sailing was the fourth hosted by the band, which was joined by the band Guster. Jag Gundu/Getty Images

  • Guy Fieri and George Lopez

    According to <em>The Vancouver Sun</em>, George Lopez was given the title <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Cruise+line+looks+bump+board+factor/5555597/story.html" target="_hplink">"Curator of Comedy" for Carnival Cruise Lines</a>. Celebrity chef Fieri contributed Guy's Burger Joint to the cruise line. Harry How/Getty Images

  • Colbie Caillat, Train, Lifehouse etc.

    Music television station VH1 hosted an April 2011<a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2010/09/vh1-carnival-music-cruise-train-lifehouse-colbie-caillat/114375/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29" target="_hplink">sailing of a star-studded cruise</a> aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/carnival-inspiration_n_910935.html" target="_hplink">Carnival Inspiration</a> dubbed "Best Cruise Ever." Acts included Train, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, The Script, Safetysuit, Alpha Rev, Mat Kearney, Thriving Ivory, Civil Twilight, One eskimO, and cover band Trailer Park Ninjas, <em>USA Today </em>reported. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images For Live In The Vineyard LLC

  • New Kids on the Block

    After selling out two cruises for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/06/new-kids-on-the-block-car_n_673376.html?ref=cruises" target="_hplink">Carnival in 2009 and 2010, NKOTB was greenlighted</a> for a May 2011 sailing on the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/the-carnival-destiny_n_1136857.html" target="_hplink">Carnival Destiny</a>. Michael Caulfield/Getty Images for AMA

  • Kid Rock

    <a href="http://news.travel.aol.com/2010/07/19/kid-rock-cruise/" target="_hplink">Kid Rock's 2011 "Chillin' the Most" cruise</a> was held in April onboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/carnival-triumph-cruise_n_909629.html" target="_hplink">Carnival Triumph</a>. The singer also hosted a 2010 and 2012 sailing, and is <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/08/kid-rock-cruise-norwegian-ship/814618/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_hplink">set for a 2013 departure on the Norwegian Pearl</a>. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

  • KISS

    Glam rockers <a href="http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/05/17/kiss-cruise-set-to-rock-the-high-seas/" target="_hplink">KISS hosted a Carnival cruise</a> in October 2011. Dubbed "The Kiss Kruise," it was held aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/the-carnival-destiny_n_1136857.html" target="_hplink">Carnival Destiny</a>. In October 2012, <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/04/kiss-music-cruise-norwegian-ship/667934/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_hplink">KISS will host another cruise</a>, this time aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/norwegian-pearl_n_981545.html" target="_hplink">Norwegian Pearl</a>. FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images

  • ZZ Top

    In December 2011, band <a href="http://news.travel.aol.com/2011/03/04/zz-top-to-headline-cruise/" target="_hplink">ZZ Top headlined a "Rock Legends Cruise"</a> on Royal Caribbean's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/liberty-of-the-seas_n_912618.html" target="_hplink">Liberty of the Seas</a>. Other acts were George Thorogood and The Destroyers, John Kay and Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Blackfoot, Pat Travers and SwampDaWamp.STEPHANE DANNA/AFP/Getty Images

  • Mary Matalin and James Carville

    <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2011/11/james-carville-mary-matalin-cruise-crystal/563450/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29" target="_hplink">Matalin and Carville hosted a trans-Pacific cruise</a> aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/crystal-serenity_n_943058.html" target="_hplink">Crystal Serenity </a>in March 2012, according to <em>USA Today</em>. Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

  • Rascal Flatts

    Country music trip <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2011/12/rascal-flatts-cruise-ship-concert/586964/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29" target="_hplink">Rascal Flatts performed</a> aboard the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/05/norwegian-spirit-cruise_n_919451.html" target="_hplink">Norwegian Spirit</a> in March 2012, when the ship docked in Cozumel, Mexico, reported <em>USA Today</em>. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

  • Kate Gosselin

    The reality TV star and real-life <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/kate-gosselin-to-host-royal-caribbean-cruise_n_1194136.html" target="_hplink">mother of eight will host an August 2012 cruise</a> aboard Royal Caribbean's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/allure-of-the-seas_n_912121.html" target="_hplink">Allure of the Seas</a>. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

  • Nobu Matsuhisa

    Japanese chef and restaurateur <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/26/nobu-matsuhisa-to-headline-a-crystal-cruise_n_1234010.html" target="_hplink">Nobu Matsuhisa headlined a May 2012 sailing</a> of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/crystal-serenity_n_943058.html" target="_hplink">Crystal Serenity</a>. Onboard, Matsuhisa will served as Executive Chef in Silk Road and the Sushi Bar, his restaurant with the cruise line. Luis Ascui/Getty Images

  • Don Shula

    Don Shula and Larry Csonka were headliners of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/don-shula-larry-csonka-to-headline-nfl-legends-cruise_n_1265128.html" target="_hplink">"NFL Legends" cruise in May 2012</a> aboard the Crystal Serenity. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Pepsi

  • Gabrielle Giffords And Mark Kelly

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/gabrielle-giffords-mark-kelly-to-headline-crystal-cruise_n_1344107.html" target="_hplink">Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly</a> appeared on a July 2012 sailing of the Crystal Serenity around the Mediterranean. Alex Wong/Getty Images

  • Garrison Keillor & "A Prairie Home Companion"

    Keillor and his radio crew will host the sixth "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/garrison-keillor-heads-cruise_n_1411942.html" target="_hplink">A Prairie Home Companion at Sea</a>" cruise in August. The Mediterranean cruise will be held aboard Holland America's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/19/holland-america-ryndam_n_969854.html?ref=cruise-ship-guides" target="_hplink">MS Ryndam</a>. Will Ragozzino/Getty Images

  • Taylor Armstrong

    Taylor Armstrong from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" will be hosting a wellness cruise in March called the <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/08/taylor-armstrong-real-housewives-cruise/816320/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_hplink">Living Well and Loving It! Mexican Riviera Cruise</a> aboard Holland America's Zaandam, <em>USA Today</em> reports. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

  • Michael Jackson Tribute

    In November, <a href="http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2012/08/michael-jackson-norwegian-cruise-ship/818504/1?csp=34travel&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomTravel-TopStories+%28Travel+-+Top+Stories%29" target="_hplink">a Michael Jackson tribute artist will return to the Legends in Concert show </a>on the Norwegian Epic, according to <em>USA Today</em>. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa, File)

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