Every Cruise has a Pre-Cruise Party and this one did not disappoint! My husband and I arrived early enough to hear John's 10,000 Light Years' Ago band practice for a short time. The band performed on an outdoors stage set up in the lot by Ferg's Pub in Tampa. I had made plans to meet with John's daughter, Emily, at the pre-party to pay her for the bottles of Krisemma Chardonnay Wine that I ordered. She didn't know me, and I never met her, but I spotted her in the bar area from a picture someone sent me of her. I introduced myself and she greeted me in her very friendly, "Yes, Denise, we finally meet!" kind of way. We talked a bit and then she said, "Would you like to say a quick hello to Daddy?" For one fleeting moment, I had to process that her "Daddy" was John Lodge!! She took me over to his table where he was sitting with his wife, Gordy, and (a nice added surprise!) Graeme Edge. John greeted me with a hug and kiss on the cheek and thanked me for supporting his wine and we made small talk. Then, I talked to Graeme and asked him if he was going on the cruise. He said he wasn't; he just lived about an hour down the road and decided to come and support John's band. The band mingled freely among the throngs of pre-cruisers and it turned out to be a lovely evening! Posted, here, are some pics from that night.