Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Off and running!
Joyce and I arrived in Sacramento at 3:00 pm. Next leg of our adventure is our flight tomorrow from Sacramento Airport. 7:05am departure to LAX for our exciting 4 hour 15 minute lay over. Who Booked this flight? Oh, that’s right, me. From LAX to Miami, Florida for our meeting up with Celtic Thunder and all those cruiser fans! Yep, 4 days on the MSC Divina cruising the Bahamas. I just love this time of year!
Trying out this new blog feature on Windows.
Stay tuned for further blogs along this trip which will last until November 18th.
Got my toes in the sand!
11/6/14 Just a quick update from LAX. Hum, this place has some of the most interesting people. I’ll leave it at that.
Departed Sacramento at 7:05 this morning. Nice flight…….well mostly. We get into the air and our flight attendant decides to introduce us to the new, in training flight attendant. That would be Linda. Linda is so new that today is her first flight. Okay? Linda begins to share safety instructions. I’m not sure I’m feeling safe while she explains this as she is reading from her queue card. She can read just fine, but she’s not very convincing with what we need to do in case we crash. We get through all of that and actually have a nice flight. Had a beautiful landing. Flew over Santa Barbara. How do I know, you ask? I could see Steve Felix in his yard waiving as we flew over. Landing good. Took 30 minutes to taxi to the terminal. Seems they ran out of parking spaces for the plane and had to wait for the next available. Finally parked and got off. Next stop, American Airlines gates.
Easier said than done. It’s only 2 miles from the United gate. Really? We hoof it over to terminal 4…..20 minutes later we arrive. WHAT? we have to go through security again, yep. Fine. We had TSA pre check in Sacramento, so we flew right through. Nope, we couldn’t be so lucky. We had to strip down…….well, okay, we had to take our shoes off. What a pain. Sent my carry on through the x-ray. In the meantime, I had to do the full body scan. Just as soon as I got inside, the dumb thing broke. Something about re-calibrating. I knew I had a special body……broke the machine. Back through the metal detector. Whew! Met on the other side by TSA informing me that I had a laptop computer in my carry-on. Duh. Well, wee need to scan that separately. No problem. She tells me to pick up my carry-on bag when it comes out the x-ray machine. No problem. Bag comes through, she says all yours and I split. What she said, which I didn’t hear apparently, was get you bag and wait for the laptop. Joyce and I take off because we had not had breakfast yet and we were starving. (I chose NOT to get a muffin in Sacramento. We know what happens when I have a muffin on a plane). We dash off and find an acceptable place to eat. I reach inside my carry-on and discover…..no laptop. CRAP! I say in English. I tell Joyce to go ahead and eat and try to get back through TSA. I ignore every “Do Not Enter” sign to get back. I see on of the TSA guys that I saw first time through. I explain I have to laptop. He goes to the “secret” drawer and asks we to describe it. Black and square and it has DELL on it. Turns out I’m the only idiot that walked off without my laptop. He pulls my laptop from the “secret” drawer. Whew, again!
Back to join Joyce for Brunch and my $17 breakfast burger. It was good, but really? $17? Now waiting for our 1:50pm flight to Miami. The board shows its on-time. $10 says it won’t be. Actually, the plane is parked right outside the gate. We’ll see.
Stay tuned. Lou and Joyce
11/7/14 Hello Folks,
First, let me apologize for not updating last night upon our arrival. I kinda got tired when we arrived. So, I went to bed like a good boy.
I started to email all of you and just as soon as I started, Our friends we met last year on the cruise, Judy and Pat came to our hotel to meet with us. So, I didn’t finish.
Now, for the update. Left LAX on time, flight was mostly smooth allowing me to cat nap a couple of times. It’s hard to sleep when the plane hits bumpy roads along the way. Nothing major, but east New Mexico and west Texas seemed to have some unsettled air. So we did some small bouncing for a short time.
Arrived at Miami airport 12 minutes early. Great! yeah, well not so. Just as soon as we set down, the pilot advises us that they have been advised by the tower that there are no parking spaces available at the gates. So, we get to sit on the the shoulder of the runway and wait for one to open. Don’t you think someone would have planned parking a little better? 20 minutes later we get to park. Just as we park, we meet two ladies seated in front of us. Being the trained observer that I’am, I notice an accent as they speak. Australia? I say, yes they tell me. I ask, your destination? They say, “The Bahamas”. Oh, I say, We will probably will see you there. Are you going on the Celtic Thunder Cruise? they ask. Why, yes we are I say. Great, us too. Okay, see you on the ship. They advise us that they just finished thier 36 hour flight from Australia. I tell Joyce, okay, no more complaining about our 4 hour layover, we had a pretty good day compared to those folks. She agreed.
Collect our luggage, step outside for a taxi and are hearded down the sidewalk to an awaiting taxi. Get in, sit down and were off and running. I’m sure the driver was trying to make it to the speed the plane traveled to get us to Miami. My God! I’m not sure the tires ever hit the pavement. He was a safe driver, but drove very fast! Got to the hotel in less than 10 minutes. Usually 15-20 minutes. We slide in to registration and checked in. Of course, we all know, it’s all about the food. Joyce and I throw our baggage into the room and dash back down to the cafe to grab a bite before it closes at 11pm. It’s 10:40. Whew! Just made it. Actually our meal was good and it hit the spot. Back to our room. I begin to produce the blog when my body said, no you don’t, I’m done for the day. Well, I have been up since 4am and only slept 3 or so hours. Who am I to argue with my body. Off to bed and right to sleep at 11:30. Slept til 8am, turned on the TV in an attempt to get Joyce going. Nope, she was out for the count. Finally, 9:30 she comes to life. I hit the shower and we are off and running. Breakfast and off to the computer to get the blog out. Just started when Judy and Pat call. We’re in the lobby they say. Great! meet us in the cafe.
Judy tells us that somewhere between the airport and the hotel, she looses her wallet with all their cash and credit cards in it. Geez, not good. Guess they got the credit cards cancelled and printed new cash for the cruise. Great! back on the cruise!
11:00 am in the cafe we begin getting caught up since we last saw them last year. Great visit and lots of laughs. We realized it was time to head to the Hyatt to get ready for the Welcome Party which starts at 3:30. This is where we get our photo with “The Boys” taken. IT WAS SPECTACULAR! They came into the room and the crowd goes wild! (if you think I’m too much into Celtic Thunder, you should attend one of these things. I don’t even register on the meter). The guys take thier places for photos and the party begins. Rob Thomas, the Irish comedian is the Master of Ceremony along with another comedian who is vertically challenged (about 5′, maybe) They introduce a band from Ireland that is on the cruise with us. They play traditional irish music. They were just GREAT! While they are playing, folks are in line to have thier photo taken with the boys. All of the other performing acts were walking around the room introducing themselves to all of us and helping to get this party started. David Munro, the musical director for Celtic Tunder, stopped by our table. We took a group photo with him. (I’ll send it in aonther blog) What a nice man…..and funny too! The Gailic Rthym Dancers help with getting folks in line for photos. One of them a very young man, 15 or so who appeared nervous about this whole thing. Yeah, we took care of that. He is a very nice kid. I’m sure he isn’t sure what to think about all this Celtic Thunder crazyness. Joyce and I make it to the boys. Say hi to the guys, get the photo taken and back to the party. Keith has let his hair grow and it is down past his shoulders. Everyone agrees, he needs to cut it. We’ll see. Back to the party. They throw several rubber Beach balls out to the audience to liven things up. Of course, that didn’t take much. Rubber balls flying everywhere. What a blast!
The band stops playing and Rob introduces the Celtic Thunder Band. Opens it up to a Q&A session and of course, lots of questions. Good laughs and horse play. Time to end the party and leave. Probably the best thing they could have done to start this cruise!
Back to the hotel to get ready to eat. It’s all about the food!
Celtic Thunder fans have taken over the Courtyard Marriott and the Hyatt Regency Hotels. Crazy fans everywhere!
We walk to the Bristle District of Miami to find a place to eat. What do we find? Finnigans Pub! It’s Irish, you know! Sit down and order. Judy and Pat tell us about fried pickles, which is on the menu. Huh, never heard of them. They order them for an appitizer. WOW! Amazing stuff. Really, Really Good! For pub food, it was really good. Joyce some sort of grilled chicken, Pat had a burger, Judy had a Rueben and I had skirt steak. Excellent. Made pigs of ourselves and walked back to the hotel for a Warm chocolate chip cookie sundae. Yeah, Yeah, Frank, I’m on vacation, one sundae won’t kill me. Besides, I split it with Joyce.
While enjoying our sundae, I tell Joyce, Gee, don’t those folks at the other table look like John and Mary, who we met on last years cruise? She agrees, Pat, in his usual bashful way, yells, JOHN. He and Mary see us and join us for dessert. John and Mary are from Austrailia. They too, decided to do the cruise again. They decided to extend the Holiday by stopping in Las Vegas for a few days, on the New York City for a few days, down to Miami for the cruise, back to Clearwater FL for the Celtic Thunder Christmas Show and back home. We visit and laugh until 11pm at which time I had to excuse myself to get this blog sent out to all of you.
So, for all of you who talked about going on this cruise for the last year and decided not to go….I won’t mention any names Barbara ,Joyce, Rick and Gail, you really blew it! This looks to be a most amazing, most musical, most nutrious, most entertaining Celtic Thunder event ever! The energy going on here is something I have never seen before. We still don’t know who the suprise entertainment is at Thunder Bay, but, there has been some speculation as to what it might be. Damian McGinty has posted on his facebook page that his tour with Ethan Bortnick just ended and he is enroute to Miami. Hummmm, ya think? Stay tuned
I won’t be blogging until we get back to Miami on Wednesday. I will attach my daily blogs to an email then. There will be four days of blogs, so plan on spending some time when you get it. So, until then.
Lou and Joyce, The Crazy Celtic Thunder Bloggers
11/8/14 Okay, the day is half gone.
Had a few minutes this morning just to let you all know that we are enjoying 70 degrees at 8:45 am. I just love Miami! A little humid, but not bad.
I hope most of what I emailed last night made some sort of sense. Along with being on a natural high and, being Butt tired after a busy day, I wasn’t sure what I wrote made sense. Anyway.
It’s Bon Voyage. Will update on Wednesday when we arrive in South Beach. Yeah, Ocean Drive, on the beach with my toes in the sand. I just love the Zac Brown Band!
Tootles, Lou and Joyce
11/9/14 OOOOOOMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGG! This ship is amazing! It has flush toilets! And so much more. Were never going to want to go back to any other cruise line. Great Food Too! Checked in early….cause we could. Stood in line with the boys and the bands. So down to earth! Lots more people on board. Quite a few from Australia…….Love those Aussies!
The old Emmett had very large hair. Not sure if it’s the humidity or what. Short chat with Ryan at the beverage bar (ice tea). What a nice fellow. Anyway. Just thought we would share this moment. We are being paged for our fire/rescue drill. Talk later.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Well, yesterday was an absolute blast. Shuttled from the hotel to the port. Got there early, which was good as we were able to stand in line with the boys during check-in. Very entertaining to watch. Check-in ran very smooth. They told us to go right to the buffet to enjoy a meal, as our rooms won’t be available until 3pm. Who are we to argue? Met up with Judy and Pat and John and Mary. As you would expect, the meal was fantastic. Service is amazing. Those Italian’s really know how to put on a meal.
Joyce and I head to our room. (12093) The room is bigger than the one last year. The balcony is the size of a football field. The only problem is, we get our lights to go on. I call 99 to have them show us what we’re doing wrong. I get canned music and stay on hold for eternity. Music switches to another language, so I give up. Lights are over-rated. Time for our rescue drill.
That took all of 10 minutes. Dropped our life vests back at the room and off to the SAILAWAY PARTY. Meet with Mary and John, and Judy and Pat. They tell us that there are about 3600 humans on this cruise, we saw every one of them at the party. We were also told that folks from the Moody Blues Cruise were given an opportunity to sail with us at a reduced rate. Boy, do they stand out among the Irish. But they seem to be enjoying themselves. I don’t think they knew what to think of us THUNDERHEADS. They just kind of, stood in the background and observed. I’m sure they will be visiting their mental health care professional when they return home. I mentioned in a previous blog that the comedians name was Rob Thomas. I’m getting my musicians mixed up with the comedians. His name is actually Mick Thomas. He and the vertically challenged comedian whose name I can’t remember “MC’d” the party. Crazy energy from the get-go. So many great acts this year, The Kildares, Gaelic Storm, The Gaelic Rhythm Dancers, The Young Dubliners, Chloe Agnew (from Celtic Women), Paddy Cole and His Jazz Band, Sandra O’Hara, Mick Thomas, not to mention events and activities. No sleep here. Just as the party is ending, the engines on the most amazing ship start up, anchors pulled up, tie downs released and we are off and sailing. What would one do after an amazing start like that? Yep, to our first show. Dueling Pianos with David Munro and Shamus Brit and the short comedian. (I promise, I’ll get his name down soon) I tell you, David and Shamus can play that piano. They started playing when they were 3 and 4 years of age and now in their 50’s. David was trained classically and Shamus was trained original Irish music. Man, could they play that ivory. And of course, we had no idea the short comedian could sing. What a voice! Finished the show with HEY JUDE. The whole group joined in and closed with a bang. Turns out “Shorty” started his career singing and went over to comedy. He does well with both.
What to do now that we have 1-1/2 hours until the next show. Yep, “It’s all about the food” Off to the buffet! On our way we come across Belinda Murphy teaching, or should I say, trying to teach a group of Americans how do dance fine-tuned. She and Gaelic Rhythm were doing the dance class. Everyone actually did well. The Moody Blues folks must have thought they were on another planet. Off to the buffet. Pizza seemed to sound good for me, so that’s what I had. Others ate healthy. After dinner, it’s off to the Gelato bar for some CHOCO-ORANGE. Boy was that good. Eat your heart out Gail Clemo! Some of the best I have ever had. Off to the Pantheon Theatre for our first “big” show. This year we have assigned seating, so no lines. Terrible seats again. Center stage, fourth row. I tell you, I don’t know how we do it, but we do seem to be very lucky. Best seats in the house. Did I mention we were there to see Ryan and Neil perform? Oh, and did they perform! Songs from their Acoustically Irish album and a couple from their newly released album. They brought the house down!!! Standing ovation and an encore. They were so taken back by the response. Man, do they have their show fined tuned! GREAT MUSIC! Of course, everyone leaves the theatre walking 3 feet off the ground. Another break before the next show. Back to the buffet. Calm down, we didn’t eat, had a glass of ice tea and visited, then off to the next show.
Emmett O’Hanlon is the newest member of Celtic Thunder. This is his solo show. We haven’t heard him sing yet, so we were curious. Emmett is trained classically in New York City. This is his first appearance in front of the Celtic Thunder fans, so he was very nervous. His first song was MARIA, from West Side Story. He brought the walls down! That eased his fears and went on to sing The Impossible Dream. Last time I heard that song was when Jim Nabors sang it years ago. Man, Emmett nailed it perfectly. Went on to sing some opera numbers, He continues to shock the crowd. I think he has been accepted into the Celtic Thunder “fold”. 24 years old and an absolute perfect voice.
11:30 pm. Time to call it a night. I tell Judy, we don’t have lights. She explains that to activate the lights, you put the “Do Not Disturb” in the slot and that will turn the lights on. Really? I have never heard of that? Back to the room to give it a try. Huh, sure enough it works. Off to bed, lights out.
Woke up this morning docked in Nassau. Time to shower and off and running. Busy schedule again. Stay tuned! Lou and Joyce
David Munro, Seamus Brett Piano back up for David Munro
Richie Hayes, Short Comedian, This guy is hilarious!
Toes in the Water, ass in the sand, Gotta love it! Thunder Bay, aka Coco Cay
The gang and two members of the Sharon Brown tea team
David Munro, Musical Director Celtic Thunder
Monday, November 10, 2014
Good Morning Everyone,
I’m writing to you all this morning from our balcony as the sun rises in the east. It’s peeking through the clouds making it the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. I can see Thunder Bay from a distance. So I know we will be coming into port very soon. It is about 73 degrees at 6:30am. Could one ask for any more? I have decided I’m going to stow away on the ship and just ride until next year. I’m sure no one would mind.
It’s time to give you an update from yesterday’s events. We woke up way too late and were already in port at Nassau. Judy and Pat decided not to wait for us and went to breakfast. We almost missed breakfast. Ran into John and Mary to make sure all was well……it was. Joyce decided it was time for a massage to relax her already relaxed self. She stayed on board, while Judy, Pat and I took off for a walking tour of Nassau. First stop, The Straw Market. This is where the local folk sell hand made goods from the island. T-shirts and baseball caps. Just kidding. Well, they do sell lots of those, but also handmade stuff. I ended up buying a t-shirt. Everyone told me that you can barter with these folks. So, barter I did. Really? Barter a t-shirt? Yep, she told me $15, I gave her the stink eye, she said $13. I felt silly bartering for a t-shirt, so I paid the $13 and we were both happy.
We walked across the street, which happens to be the Main Street in town. We noticed a lot of local police presence. Upon asking “whas-up”? We were told that it was Police Officer’s Memorial Day in Nassau and a parade was coming through. Wow! Good timing. Sure enough, here comes two motorcycle officers followed by several marching bands, local organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, The Red Cross, etc. From very young to quite mature. What a treat! Took some photos and enjoyed the parade. Wasn’t expecting that one.
Continued our walk taking in churches, hotels, lots of jewelry stores and assorted tourist shops. Finished with stopping at Burger King for a drink. (They don’t have Carl’s Jr Dang it) Back to the ship. That’s when I noticed, geez, that is a huge ship we are on. Higher and longer than any other ship at port. Don’t know if I mentioned what a beautiful ship this is inside. Back through security and on to the ship. Fun day at Nassau!
Got back to the room and no Joyce, She must be at her massage. I decide it’s time to post our autograph sign on the door of the cabin. We Thunderheads do this as the boys lurk in the night going up and down the rows of cabins signing whatever you post on your door. Yes, I know, we need to get a life. But, the boys are happy to do it. Get that done and head for deck 14, pool, food and drink. Walk for a while unable to locate anyone I know. Back to the room to find her looking like rubber. Apparently the massage worked. She says she is so relaxed, she is going to take a nap. No, I haven’t been pushing her too hard, that’s what a one hour massage will do. I go back to D14 and grab a lounge chair and proceed to fall asleep. They are working us hard, so we need some down time. Was awakened by some music on the pool stage. It’s FULL SET warming up for their show. Judy walks by, so I grab her and we sit a visit. The band starts their performance. Traditional Irish music. These guys are really good. As I listen, it takes me back to Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland listening to the bands there. What a nice sound. They finish the show and it’s time to get back to the room to get ready for the big night.
Don’t think I’ve mentioned, but tonight is Black-Tie night. Everyone dresses to the 9’s, go to a CELTIC THUNDER show and then to dinner. Meet Judy and Pat, (by the way, John and Mary are in the Red group, so we only see them every now and then). This show is the Christmas show. Pat really gets into Black Tie night. He wears his Kilt, as do many other men. We grab our terrible seats and the show begins. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING! The boys come out and they are absolutely “in Sync”, perfect. I’m not going to tell you what all they did, because I want to encourage all of you to try to attend the Christmas Symphony Tour starting right after the cruise. I will tell you this. Emmett O’Hanlon absolutely brought the house down with O Holy Night. He got a 5 minute standing ovation. This ship was shaking because of the applause and yelling. This kid can sing like nothing I have ever heard! When he started, you could tell he was nervous, by the time he finished and heard our response he looked so “at ease” and happy. Again, folks, even if you have to travel thousands of miles, you will NOT be disappointed in this show. It would be the best thousand miles you traveled. I guarantee it! The show continues with Keith singing Messiah and knocking it out perfect. Ryan sang, Christmas in Donegal, which happens to be my favorite. Knocked it out perfect! So, enough of that. Again, see the show! I was exhausted from emotion when the show finished. On to dinner……It’s all about the food!
We decide to head to Flannigan’s which was offering a traditional Irish meal. We arrive and met with “do you have reservations?” No, the paper said we don’t need them. We’re told that only applies to after 9pm. It’s 8pm. What? Sharon’s going to hear about this. We left angry. We end up at another restaurant that is absolutely packed. They fit us in and end up sitting with a lady and her niece from Iowa. Lady is a nurse in the ER and the niece is a secretary at a motorcycle center and John Deere dealer. Nothing Runs Like a Deere! Both are real nice. The lady is so excited about sitting with us at our table, she knocks her water glass over and spills water all over Joyce. Joyce was complaining about the heat. Careful what you ask for. Dinner was good, service was slow, I’m sure because of being slammed. Got to get that fixed.
After dinner we head to the karaoke area and listen to Emmet Cahill and the short comedian, which by the way, his name is Richie Hayes. They get things going and others sign up to sing. Lots of fun. We wanted to see Mick Thomas do his comedy gig, so off we go to the Black and White lounge. His show is hilarious! Even had the old farts laughing. He is going to be on Conan O’Brien soon, so stay tuned. I think you all will enjoy his humor. Funny, funny guy.
After the show we are thirsty and head off to where? Yep, the buffet for a glass of ice tea. We are met with a ridiculous amount of dessert choices and ice tea. We grab both and head off to a table to enjoy. What a night! Midnight, we are beat but feeling a natural high. Folks, I can’t even begin to tell you how relaxing this is. Crazy busy doing things, yet feeling so relaxed. Guess you can’t tell what a terrible time were having. We’ll tough through it though. Off to beddy bye.
The ship has dropped anchor and I see the island off in a distance. They tell us they have this surprise for us when we get there. Anticipation. Can we wait? Stay tuned!
Lou, Joyce and the 3600 other passengers onboard.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Good Morning Folks,
Another fine morning off the balcony of the MSC Divinia. 6:00 am, woke early to see another spectacular sunrise, and to charge the battery on the laptop. Just at daybreak, another cruise ship passes on the water. What a beautiful sight! Water a little choppy, but not too bad. 70 or so degrees.
Time to share yesterday’s events. Started the day with breakfast, cause, “It’s always about the food”! Met Judy and Pat and Mary and John. After breakfast we go to Deck 7 to get our ticket to head to “THUNDER BAY”. Seems as though the seas are a little choppy, so it’s taking longer for the boats to load and depart. We wait and we wait and we wait. Joyce, Mary and John decide the day is wasting, so they choose not to go, but instead, decide to hang out at the pool. The three “Diehards” wait it out and finally get called to board the shuttle boats. Only a 3 hour wait. As we are loading, we are met by Belinda Murphy and other Celtic Thunder band members. They tell us that is quite nice but the Boys have already performed. Plenty of food though. Well, as long as there is food, we’re in! Off we go for the 5 minute ride to shore. Arrive on the island. Very nice white sand. Check out several shops and on to lunch. After lunch we decide to “Put our toes in the water and our ass in the sand”. I just love that song! Anyway, hangout on the beach, enjoy the warm sea water and take in the views. Time to return to the ship. All aboard!
Get back to the room to find Joyce lounging……which is what she is supposed to be doing. Time to get ready for the Chloe Agnew show in the Pantheon Theatre. Chloe is a former member of Celtic Women. Chloe is out on her own now and just became a citizen of the USA. She lives in Los Angeles and is working on her solo career. She has got an amazing voice. About halfway through the show, she has Emmett Cahill come out to join her. For a couple of duets. Absolutely beautiful. Chloe finishes her show with “You Raise Me Up”. What a great voice and a beautiful women.
Off to dinner. Light one for me. Too much food. After dinner we decide to go to the Karaoke bar and watch some amateur performers. Some were really good! Always fun to watch humans make fools of themselves. After Karaoke, David Munro and Shamus Bret begin their “1 Piano, 4 hands” gig. We stay for that for a little while. Word got out these guys are good, so the place was packed. Time to shuffle off to the Pantheon for the Keith Harkin show. Calm down Petra. This a solo show with Keith, David Bakay (guitar player for the Celtic Thunder Band, and Declan the Drummer from the band) Keith plays most of his songs from his recent album and a couple from his new album which is set to release late spring, early summer. Real good songs. I’m sure Petra will enjoy all of them. Keith talked a little about his song writing and the fact that the boat he owns in Long Beach, CA is for sale. Has been in London, England working on the new album. In between all of that, he has time to surf. Busy boy. Two observations I noticed was his love for country music, (did several country numbers) and how touched he was by the passing of George Donaldson. He tells of a song he wrote, kind of for George. Apparently, he was doing his US gigs when he received word that George had passed away. He wrote this song and tried to sing it during his show and couldn’t finish it. You can tell “The Big Guy” had a spot in his heart. Okay, enough of that. Keith as usual put on a great show.
We head toward the Black and White lounge to see Emmett Cahill’s show and are met with a ga-zillion people in line to see it too. It was apparent this place was going to fill fast. So we decide to head to the pool stage to see the ending of the Gaelic Storm show. DID YOU HEAR US? My god! These guys had the whole ship rocking back and forth. I’m sure you could hear the music and excitement in California and maybe even Idaho. This band is simply amazing. They tour the U.S. often. If you get a chance to see them, do it! You won’t be sorry. Traditional Irish music with a twist of party. My God! Just can’t say enough. Finishing song, they did a Congo Line around the pool deck with almost everyone in line. What a hoot! Joyce had had enough, so she retired for the night. Pat, Judy and I decided to stay and listen to the Young Dubliners perform. Well, they are a “New Age” Irish group with a hint of Traditional Irish. Not really my cup of tea so we decided to retire for the night.
Today is filled with lots of shows and activities so stay tuned!
11/12/14 Made it to shore this morning about 6am. Thank God! My arms were getting tired. At the Hotel, can’t check in til 1 pm. Having breakfast and checking emails. Staying at the Beautiful COLONY on Ocean Drive, South Beach. Probably low 70’s. I just love it here!
It’s funny, there are lots of folks walking down the sidewalk from the Cruise Ship.
Okay, just wanted to check in and let you know we are back on shore. I’m going to be putting out a couple of blogs later today. Stay tuned.
Lou and Joyce and Judy and Pat (yeah, they decided to tag along with us)