The second memorable entertainment was "Dancing with the Jewell Stars". This was a hilarious, rowdy and adult-only production where audience participants were matched with ship's pro dancers. The panel of judges included the Paula-like ship hypnotist ("We're looking for a connection; use your bodies to have fun!"), the Simon-like ship magician ("You'll never see these people again so let it rip!") and the Dawg-like staff singer ("Yo Contestant #3; we know you're wearing white underwear"). The participants were uninhibited, hilarious and bawdy. It was very well produced with projection screens for post vote-off interviews with the eliminated couple. We laughed so hard it hurt!
The lounges were packed nightly with a singer who could mimic anyone from Michael Jackson to Elvis to James Taylor and provided a very mellow environment for sipping nighty-night cocktails. He was Philipino (as was most of the crew) and all he had to do was change his hat and his accent vanished.
After that, I do recall us dancing out on the floor under hot lights with many young people. They did many of the "new" (new to me) dances that were taught in the tutorials workshops during the week.
All in all, I was surprised and pleased about the quality of the ship entertainment; it was definately "above average" compared to other ships I have been on.
Note to self: consider the dining room upgrade package on the next cruise.
We scheduled our own shore excursion at our final port, Victoria BC--High Tea at the Empress Hotel.
We were told that "Bob" was a new horse to the team having been rescued from the glue factory due to his age. He was a seasoned show horse but just getting long in the tooth.
Though the tour was to have "historical narrative", our driver was quite preoccupied with Bob's orientation. He stopped in the road and had to be encouraged several times to keep walking.
He also does not like the noise and bustle of the pickup/leaveoff place so we were encouraged to jump off the carriage quickly! We wish the best for Bob in his retirement career.
Not finding it, we devised a plan to get her on the bus without a ticket. We would bunch together as a group and all wave our tickets while one person asked the bus driver a question as we boarded. It worked.
It was our final night on the cruise, so after dinner we retired to our private bar for some cocktails and a last Texas Hold 'Em card game.
We presented our favorite barserver, Arturo, with his own pound bag of Taffy. This was to be his last cruise; he said he couldn't tolerate the live aboard lifestyle any longer.
The Alaska cruise was SUPER FUN for everyone and Thanks and Props to Theresa who came up with the original idea and acted as our coordinator! I wonder what our next adventure will be?