Monday, May 17, 2010

Malt Shop Memories Cruise: At Sea

I’ve been asked to explain how the shows work on the Malt Shop Memories Cruise and how everyone gets an opportunity to see each artist perform. Every passenger has a ticket for an assigned seat in the Paris Lounge and there are three shows each night at 6pm, 8pm, and 10pm—the three performers scheduled for the main stage alternate show times. For instance Frankie Avalon performed at 6pm one night, 8pm the next, and finally at 10pm on another. Artists who aren’t appearing on the main stage are also alternating performances each night—similarly, there are three shows in the Candlelight Lounge (open seating) at 7:30pm, 9:30pm, and 11:30pm. Plus there is live music on the Promenade and in the Atrium.

It’s pretty obvious why Frankie Avalon is still so popular that he's one of the busiest nightclub performers in the country. I’ve had the opportunity to see him several times over the years and he never seems to change, nor is he ever disappointing. While my husband doesn’t get it, I consider his cameo appearance to sing “Beauty School Dropout” one of the best scenes in the movie “Grease.” It must be a girl-thing. However, Mel does agree that Frankie Avalon’s performance during the Malt Shop Memories Cruise was a major highlight.

We’ve made so many new memories and relived so many old ones that it seems a shame our cruise aboard Carnival Inspiration has ended. We’re leaving with one last look at the Malt Shop Memories Cruise hula hoop contest winner. If you’re a baby boomer, you’ll know by her dress why she was nicknamed “Eve Arden.”