Somewhere Over the Rainbow Cruise
Story and photo (Debbie Reynolds) by Jon Barrett
Fourth cruise report: Day at sea.
Puerto Vallerta was our last port of call, leaving us with just two “at sea” days before returning to Los Angeles. I expected to spend both of these last days just sitting by the pool, soaking in as much sun as could before returning to work, but now that we’re heading north (and into the wind), it’s a little cold and blustery outside. So while I did get outside for a couple hours (for my morning run around the 400-meter track and for a some time by the pool), I spent most of the day enjoying the indoor entertainment that RSVP had lined up for us.
Yesterday’s headliner was one I’ve been looking forward to since seeing the itinerary weeks ago: Debbie Reynolds. And it was clear as I took my seat in the two-deck, filled-to-capacity theater that I wasn’t alone in my anticipation. Granted, there were a few guys on the ship who had no idea who Ms. Reynolds is (although they had a better idea when I explained that she played Grace’s mom on Will & Grace), but Reynolds took that question head-on almost as soon as she came on stage.
“I know some of you are too young to know who I am, so let me introduce myself. I’m Princess Leia's mom.” Whether or not you knew her, you had to love her performance, which was filled with show tunes, stories from her days in Hollywood (“Clark Gable, he was straight -- but you guys could have had a chance with Cary Grant.”), and impersonations (including a right-on performance as Barbra Streisand). The highlight of the show was Reynolds’s tribute to her old friend and neighbor, Judy Garland. She brought the house down with “Over the Rainbow,” which seemed like a perfect ending to our lovely second-to-the-last-day on this delightfully gay cruise.
Click here to read Jon's first cruise report from Cabo San Lucas.
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Click here to read Jon's third cruise report from Puerto Vallarta.
Jon Barret, the Editor in Chief of The Advocate and Advocate.com(the world’s leading multi-platform news provider directly targeting the LGBT audience) has agreed to experience his very first gay cruise and send us back these periodic reports. Check here all week and be on the lookout for his article about first-time gay cruising scheduled for later this year in the Advocate.
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