I'M BAAAAAAACK! This past weekend aboard Norwegian Jewel was truly more than I was expecting! I ran into some really cool cruisers and enjoyed every second I spent sailing this Freestyle Cruising vessel for the second time! I am a little exhausted, though. I only saw about 11 hours of sleep in the 4 days around this cruise; and I'm not sure if all the karaoke singing, giving endless cruising advice or screaming in the night club were the causes, but Cruise Man 3000 currently has no voice.... but it was well worth losing! My bff had a blast and more on her 1st cruising experience will be forth-coming!
There was everything on this ship from a Girl Scout Troop, to 4 bachorlette parties (I showed two of them how to dance), a host of anniversaries, and like me, many birthday celebrations aboard! Once I performed "Beat It" by Michael Jackson the first night, I was always "called out" when spotted around the ship. The Girl Scouts started a chant and many of the other cruisers instantly followed suit. "Go, Shon! Go, Shon! Go, Shon!" was what I heard a lot this past weekend. I even was asked to sign t-shirts as "MJ" crazy, right? I didn't get to hit Bon Jovi's "Living on Prayer" like I was planning, but I did get some other good footage for y'all so keep your eyes peeled for updates on my YouTube Channel! Did I mention I got my cinnamon bun without any tong-fights? I guess my warning has officially been shared with other cruisers? hehe
I froze my butt off while sailing pass the Statue of Liberty... literally! I'm not sure how this happened, but I didn't pack enough boxers for some reason, so I was cruising a little more "free" than I was planning. Oh and let me fill you in on the NCL-famous White Hot Party! It was truly cruisetacular (as they always are). I was the only person there wearing an official White Hot Party shirt, so everyone thought I worked for NCL which was funny! But I think people took the definition of wear anything WHITE to a whole new level! A woman showed up just in her WHITE bra, one guy wore his WHITE bath robe with dress shoes and silk boxers...nothing else. Oh and let me not forget to tell you about the couple that showed up in their WHITE bed sheets... yeah.
It was also good to see some of my favorite NCL employees! I saw folks I had on Star, Dawn, Epic and so many other NCL ships working on Jewel -- and that was cool. But it blew my mind how many of them remembered me! One of the social hosts even asked me where my name-tag was (maybe I should just get one made and bring it with me). This weekend I will be sure to post more from the cruise on The Ocean Escape and have plenty of links for y'all next Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and please pray for my city -- Baltimore is a riot all thanks to those Ravens winning last night! I'm happy they won... I just don't want it to look like a earthquake shook this town! Have an amazing week!