Friday, May 14, 2010

Malt Shop Memories Cruise: Embarkation

On board Carnival Inspiration with fairly little hassle in the Tampa terminal yesterday, our Sixthman hosts “bought the first round” for everyone and we settled in to wait in the lobby bar area for cabins to be ready. Once we made our way to M172, we found tote bags with the Malt Shop Memories Cruise logo waiting on our pillows. I’ve already filled mine with essentials and we will both make good use of them.

After grabbing a snack in the Lido Cafe we attended the safety drill—no life jackets required—and then settled in to see what’s on the program for the rest of the day. Once underway, Frankie Avalon made an appearance at the Sail Away Beach Party. The memories had already begun to accumulate by the time we sailed under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Following open-seating dinner in the Mardi Gras Restaurant we settled down to see Lou Christie in the show lounge—and he can still hit those impossibly high notes. Afterward Herb Reed & The Platters took the stage. Then? During a walk around the Promenade deck we danced to the Del Rays before calling it a night.

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