After leaving Panama, we had quite a distance to cover to get back to Florida. This meant we had more sea days. Our sea day after leaving Panama followed a similar pattern to the ones we had earlier in the week. Traci was up early to catch her exercise class while I slept in until it was time to meet her for breakfast.
During the sea days, much of the entertainment took place on the Pool Deck. Singer Ce Ce Peniston performed her 90’s hits there. There was a go-go show dedicated to the late Chuck Brown by his band members. There is a chance that those who are not from the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas) are probably wondering what go-go music is. It is a style of dance music recognizable by its distinctive percussion rhythms. Chuck Brown was known as the “Godfather of Go-Go”. Although go-go music’s popularity has been mainly concentrated in the DMV for decades, people who listen to R&B have probably heard it before. Some examples of go-go that has hit the national charts through the years are Chuck Brown’s “(I Feel Like) Bustin’ Loose”, E.U.’s “(Doin’) Da Butt” (from the School Daze soundtrack), and Jill Scott’s “It's Love”.
Later, trumpeter Joey Sommerville was having a music video shot on the Pool Deck for his catchy song “Put Your Red Cups Up”. Traci volunteered to be in the video. We’ll have to wait and see if any of her scenes made it through editing whenever the final version is released.
Ce Ce Peniston
pianist Bob James of the group Fourplay
music video shoot
trumpeter Joey Sommerville
Needless to say, the Pool Deck was a happening place on sea days. I still somehow found time to get an afternoon nap in before going to the daily Name That Tune game on the Promenade Deck. The theme this time was disco music. I did not do so well on this one because all the songs sounded the same when they started – strings and percussion. I only got 9 points out of 40 – my worst score yet.
The theme for the evening was Boogie Night (a.k.a. 70’s Night) during which passengers dressed in clothing from the 1970’s. Traci and I did not bring any attire for the theme but Traci decided to wear her hair as afro puffs. There was no 8 PM music concert. Instead, there was a 9:15 comedy show on the main stage which featured Ty Barnett, Percy Crews, and Sinbad. It was a funny show. Sinbad seemed to be enjoying himself so much that he did not keep track of the time. The organizers had to cut him off at midnight so that people could go upstairs to the Pool Deck for the 70’s party. Capital Jazz was trying to set the world record for the longest Soul Train line. Every few minutes someone on a microphone would announce the number of people counted. The last count I heard was somewhere around 300. I don’t know how they determined who was in line and who was not. The deck was crowded with partiers. Regardless of the outcome, the music was good and it was fun to catch up with people we had met during meals and on shore excursions. I was terrible at remembering their names but I remembered their faces and where they were from. Continue...
Traci sporting afro puffs for 70's Night