Malt Shop Memories Cruise
Making More Memories Aboard Eurodam
Nov 3-10, 2013
|Even Eurodam’s elevators greeted
Malt Shop Memories guests
It's still good to be a Baby
Boomer. That's something those of us now known as
Senior Citizens have known all our lives—we grew up at a time of prosperity
and great promise and we were raised by The Greatest Generation.
Wonderful things happened as we grew up… men walked on the moon and
innovation, including computers and the Internet changed the way we
worked and communicated. Movies (Rebel Without A Cause, American
Graffiti) and television shows (Bandstand, Happy Days) were
dedicated to us in our teen years.
And, of course, there was our music, which exploded on the national
scene when Dick Clark began hosting American Bandstand on August 5,
1957. “It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it”
became a teenager’s mantra. It’s still the clarion call for Baby
Boomers to take the floor to dance to the Oldies, But Goodies by
Elvis and many other talented artists.
Our music was incredible—in fact, it still is. Along with that good
beat that you could dance to, you could understand the words and
many of us remember them fifty-plus years later as we sing along.
What would it be like to turn back time, go to another sock hop, and
dress up for another Prom? Just ask any of the passengers who sailed on
Malt Shop Memories Cruise 2013 aboard Holland America Line’s Eurodam.
Not only were we able to do those things, we attended concerts every
night starring some of the best-loved artists of our day—Neil
Sedaka, Bobby Rydell, Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles, The Four Tops, The
Tokens, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Bill Medley of The Righteous
Brothers, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Gary U.S. Bonds, Chris Montez,
The Crystals, and Little Anthony and The Imperials. Of course no
Malt Shop Memories Cruise would be complete without the
Elvis Tribute Artists.
have to give a special shout out to Bobby Rydell, who was was unable to
sail with us last year because he had
undergone a double organ transplant only four months previously. For
2013, Bobby was in good health and back on board to not only
entertain in the main show lounge, but also to spend time out and
about meeting and greeting fans. That's Bobby pictured here getting
ready to share his wife Linda's recipe during a cooking
For the Malt Shop Memories Cruise,
Productions, the the world's leader in full ship charter music
cruises and Time Life, which markets a collection of
Malt Shop Memories CDs, put together a sea-going hang out for
those of us who remember spinning 45s on our turntables and dancing
in our socks.
our pre-cruise package arrived in the mail we found everything
inside we’d need to get ready—luggage tags, information sheets, and
tee-shirts that we were invited to “decorate” to compete in a
contest during the first deck event—the T-Shirt Party where the
music was hot and the drinks were free. There was also an invitation
to join our shipmates at a pre-cruise party at the Sheraton in Fort
Lauderdale on Friday night.
of every Entertainment Cruise Productions music-themed cruise are
activities and the opportunity to interact with the artists. The
Malt Shop Memories Cruise was no exception and the level of
passenger participation was high. A walk down any accommodations
passageway on Eurodam demonstrated that those of us who remember
malt shops, 45s, drive-in movies, and poodle skirts hadn’t lost our
creativity and many cabin door displayed inventive door decorations.
Some of the most popular events were “Backstage
Pass Live TV Interviews” with the artists that were hosted by
our cruise director, Dane Butcher. Also well attended were a cooking
demonstration by Bobby Rydell, Q&A sessions with Lesley Gore,
Shirley Alston Reeves, Bill Medley, and others, wine tasting, and “adult”
malt get-togethers, as well as a special renewal of vows ceremony
hosted by Little Anthony.
We enjoyed ports of call and warm and sunny sea days filled with dance lessons,
discussions hosted by various artists, Twisting on Deck, a Hula Hoop Competition, Adult
Malts and cocktail hours hosted by the artists, a Cher tribute show, trivia contests, comedy
hours with Robert Klein, the Buddy Holly Show with George Trullinger, and karaoke.
Nightly concerts were the highlights, along with a poolside Back to
the Beach BBQ and the sock hop, as well as “Prom Night” under the
stars. Passengers really got into the theme—poodle skirts and
ponytails were the fashion statements for the sock hop and many
broke out their prom dresses as well. Sadly, I could only wish that
my prom formals from 1960-something still fit.
|MSM Emcee Jerry Blavat Hosts
the T-Shirt Party Poolside
Count me among the major Elvis Presley fans onboard—my trio of tabby
cats are Elvis, Priscilla, and Lisa Marie. To celebrate the music of
the 50s and 60s—the Malt Shop Era—and the King of Rock ‘n Roll,
there were FIVE Elvis Tribute Artists on hand to entertain in The
Jungle Room—Gino Monopoli, Anthony Von, Jay Zanier, Dwight Icenhower,
Jay Dupuis, and Mark Anthony. In addition to entertaining, they were generous
with their time, posing for photos and chatting. Just like the real
King would be if he were on board.
A signature of every sailing hosted by
Entertainment Cruise Productions are pillow gifts and every night we
found such tokens of appreciation as terrific souvenir books,
caps, duffle bags, travel cups, a Swiss-army style pocket knife
portable speakers to use with an iPod. Of course there also were cute towel animals fashioned by our Eurodam stewards
It was like having a birthday every day!
Once again, Mel and I had a great time on the cruise because
we’d been sharing the experience with an entire ship full of
like-minded people. We were a community who’d make similar lifestyle
choices, had a lot in common (in addition to our ages), and were fun
to be around. That’s the beauty of a theme cruise aboard a full-ship
charter. And, of course there was the music and the opportunity to
enjoy the artists we all love.
|Cruise Diva with Elvis Tribute
This wasn’t our first Malt Shop Memories and
it won’t be our last!
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musical themed cruises and you'll see why so many of their
passengers repeat an ECP event. Then head over to the
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If you missed them, here are links to Cruise Diva's daily
blogs posted during the cruise:
Getting Underway: The Malt Shop Memories Cruise
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise Rocks at Sea
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise Keeps Rocking at Sea
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise Hits The Beach
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise Accessible Stars
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise Spends A Day At Sea
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise Reaches Nassau
Bobby Rydell Gets Cooking on The Malt Shop Memories
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise, See You Next Year
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