This past week, I had the most amazing time on board the 17th Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage cruise. It was the cruise that almost wasn’t for me because I left my passport at home and did not discover this until I was four hours away from boarding. One of the people I was with mentioned something about a passport just in time. I was able to use my birth certificate and THANK GOD I had just run across it the week before and made a mental picture of where I put it or I probably would not be telling you how the cruise was, I would be telling you how it WASN’T. (Reminder, if you travel often and use some of the same luggage, just put your passport in it and leave it. You really can’t use a copy of your passport to board a cruise but you can use a copy of a birth certificate)
The cruise was on a different ship this time, The Carnival Dream, which was very similar to The Carnival Breeze, but with subtle differences. We left from New Orleans instead of Miami and boarding was much more efficient this time. I have not been to New Orleans since pre-Katrina so I came a day early. Downtown NOLA reminds me of NYC and I walked up and down Bourbon street with friends before we left the following day. Usually, once on the cruise, I take a nap and miss the opening talent and this year was no different so I missed Ice Cube and a few other acts but I did get to see most of the other shows.
The lineup this year was the best yet, since I’ve been attending (this is year three). Solid performances from Fantasia, (a crowd favorite) who performed three nights in a row. Ruben Studdard was overlapping in the same time span as Frankie Beverly and Maze but both shows still packed the house. Mary J Blige followed BBD, who gave a GREAT performance and even threw the crowd off when they brought Bobby Brown on stage to do a couple of New Edition songs. BBD also backed Bobby on a couple of his solo hits. Of course, then people wanted to see Ralph and Johnny Gill too but they were till thrilled with BBD and Bobby.% | % | % | %