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Part Two of Broken Dream
Day Four: Arrival in Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands (Sun is Still Shining)
I’m back and so far I haven’t missed anything listed on the bulletins. But there is one thing I’ve noticed missing. No midnight buffets. Negative comment #4. Every ship I’ve been on has always made a big deal out of their midnight buffets culminating in a Grand Buffet the next to last night at sea! If you’ve never been on a cruise before, this is the BIGGEST of the big deals! This is when you see ice sculptures and vegetable art and all sorts of bread sculptures and items you don’t usually see on the menu. Oh and did I say chocolate? Lots and lots of chocolate?? Which leads me to think that I didn’t see any chocolate at all on this cruise!!!! How very strange!!! That should be negative comment #5!! A cruise with no chocolate??? Strange times, indeed!!! And tonight we set our clocks back the one hour we lost on Day Three! Since I never changed mine at all, my watch has been on the proper time from the beginning. And once more, my swollen ankles kept me from going ashore! How I hate that!!! I also have to mention negative comment #6. Every cruise ship I have been on has at least two, and sometimes three, specialty restaurants that you can choose to eat at if you don’t want to eat in the dining room. Surprisingly, the MS Poesia only has one and it’s a sushi restaurant, the Kaito Sushi Bar! I would have thought that there would have been an Italian restaurant and/or possibly a steak house restaurant on board. But no, I would have been wrong……..again!!
I heard that those who went ashore in Georgetown had a marvelous time again. Wish I could have been one of them but someone up there was betraying me – again!!! Oh well…………..
Day Five: Sea Day (on way back to Ft. Lauderdale)(One More Time to Live)
Our last day on The Moody Blues cruise and it’s a sea day. Another first for this 19-cruise veteran. After we went to bed last night, the Captain pulled in the stabilizers and booked it back to Ft. Lauderdale. I could tell this by the way the ship started to rock ‘n roll when I lay down. About 2:30 a.m., I woke up with the first tangible signs of *mal de mer* or sea sickness as we most commonly know it. But I wasn’t done with it – not by a long shot. I went back to sleep but around 5:30 a.m., I brought up everything I had had for dinner that night in the dining room. Steve and I had to leave our cabin just so the stewards could change and disinfect everything! I’m sure they had seen it all before but I still was really embarrassed. Luckily, the dining room was open so Steve had breakfast while I had a cup of tea and some buttered toast. We finally went back to our cabin around 9:00 a.m. and everything looked like we just walked in for the first time.
I felt bad, though, because today is our huge Justin Hayward event (by invitation only). Our group had been lucky enough to all get tickets. Since Steve didn’t want to go, I gave his second ticket to Esther Hurden. But backing up that truck again, Krys Britton had wanted to be the first in line, so she went down to the entrance to the lounge at about 8:45 a.m. and got in line for all nine of us. Since the show didn’t start until 1:00 p.m., I decided to sit on the floor right across the way from where Krys was sitting. It was hard getting down and I managed to fall and hurt my back. Then, Justin came into the lounge about noon to do a sound check. Everyone up front got excited. I started to shake all over big time; I think it was the excitement and the being sick and not being able to go back to sleep that started me shaking so badly. One of the girls asked an attendant if I could go in and sit down until the show started but they said *no way*. However, I could go and sit on the stairs and my group would save a seat for me. They also brought me a blanket to put over my shoulders. So there I was, meeting my darling idol, sitting right in front of him….with a blanket on my shoulders. I took it off after a few numbers as the lounge warmed up. I remember Justin starting out with *In Your Blue Eyes* and then did *Western Sky*. He did several songs with just him and his acoustical guitar attendant whose name, I think, was Jessie. Then Justin took some questions from the audience before having Norda join him on stage for some final songs -- *Forever Autumn* and *I Know You’re Out There Somewhere*!! There were times during the event that Justin looked at me and I felt as though we were old friends talking in, say, his living room, instead of a lounge on a huge cruise ship. The man has that charisma which is what keeps fans from feeling that Justin can do no wrong, even though down in our heart of hearts, we sometimes wonder if that is true. And yes, dear readers, you are detecting a small note of disillusionment. But just a small one at this time. When the party was over, Justin was getting ready to leave the stage, when one of his younger fans held out a doll that was made in his image and asked him to autograph it. Much to my surprise, he said he didn’t have a pen on him!! Justin Hayward going to an event and not bringing a pen along to sign possible autographs with??? Come on, dear one!!! That’s like serving apple pie and throwing out the vanilla ice cream beforehand!!! Luckily, Esther came to the rescue by shoving a pen in front of Justin and saying *Here, I have one*! At this point, he had no choice but to autograph the doll and then returned the pen to my friend. Which was a convenient way of saying, *sorry, folks, no more autographs; I don’t have a pen*!! We all got an autographed copy of Justin’s new CD *Spirits of the Western Sky*before leaving the lounge. I left the blanket in the lounge and went back to the cabin. I didn’t feel well at all. I think Steve and I went to lunch up on deck but I don’t remember what we had. Then we came back to the cabin and I fell asleep. The long-awaited reception with The Moody Blues was scheduled for 4:00-5:00 p.m. that afternoon. I wanted so badly to go to that because I figured it would be my last chance to talk to Justin and get my photo taken with him. Well, Steve says he woke me up to get dressed; I told him *okay* and then I went straight back to sleep again. However, Steve attended for the family and told me later that I didn’t miss anything. He said The Moody Blues came in, each gave a little speech about how happy they were that we were such good little fans and seven minutes later, they walked out again!!!!! Negative comment #7 --That was no reception!!!! That was a disaster in my opinion, even though I wasn’t there!!! I would have been heartbroken if I had been there. After putting all my eggs in one basket (i.e. getting that all-important photo of Justin and me at the reception), I would have been foiled again!! I probably would have broken down right there and then and cried my eyes out! I don’t know about you but to me a reception is something along the lines of this – The Moody Blues come into the room, they mingle with the fans and talk to them about whatever the fans want to talk about, they sign autographs, if asked, take photos, if asked, spend an hour or two schmoozing with those who had paid an enormous amount of money to be a VIP on this cruise and get this reception and, in general, show their fans that they truly do appreciate them. This reception, however, made me wonder if they really care about their fans at all – seems like they’d just rather pay lip service to us and keep us in line – oh, and while they are at it, in June, there’s another item called *Timeless Flight and it will cost about $325.00 but we know you’ll spend your hard earned money to line *our* pockets, right? Yeah, it’s on my list --- shows you just how stupid, I am!!!! Someone said I have a virus called *Moody Blues Virus*, easy to catch, hard to get rid of and very contagious to those you come in contact with. I guess I just have a very bad case of it!! And right now, I’m not proud of it – like I used to be!
Day Six (Arriving Back in Ft. Lauderdale) Broken Dream
Disembarking was really very easy. Steve and I went down to have breakfast and when we returned to our room he called down to the Purser’s Office to get a wheelchair to leave the ship. It only took about ten minutes for it to appear, which is really a good time. The attendant loaded us up and off we went. We cleared customs in record time and before we knew it, we were back breathing the air in Ft. Lauderdale and looking for the hotel shuttle. Even that was relatively easy to find, he loaded us up with all our suitcases, we got in, a couple of others boarded (none from our group, however) and took off for the hotel. Our car was parked right where we left it with no dents or flats and Steve drove it around to the front. We had told Krys and Marty to throw their winter coats in our back seat so they wouldn’t have to take them on the cruise with them. So we were going to wait for them to come over on the shuttle so they could pick them up. But the shuttle didn’t show any signs of being in a hurry to drive back over to the port to pick up passengers. We waited about twenty minutes and then I had to go to the bathroom inside the hotel. That was a lucky thing to do because MoodyBluHayward was inside waiting from the same group. They were all staying an extra day and going home on Tuesday. So I asked her if she would mind holding the coats for the group and she said *no problem*. So I got the coats for her and left them on the seat beside her. After going to the bathroom, I got back into the car, Steve started the engine and we were homeward bound—with a slight stop. However, just as we were leaving the hotel parking lot, another shuttle was pulling in, and I understand our group was on this shuttle. So we wouldn’t have had to wait very long had we known. The stop we made on the way home was in Melbourne, Florida, since my son lives there and it was his birthday. It was just a little out of the way. However, just as everything else on this cruise went wrong, he wasn’t at work when we got there! He was scheduled to come in late that day and we were early. So we decided to have a sub at the Subway just down the street and see if we could waste enough time. It turned out we did but we only had a few minutes with him as he had to get inside and go to work. Oh well – at least I got to see him and give him a big *mother’s kiss*!! LOLOL!! Then it was *next stop HOME* for sure!!! We got in around 7:15 p.m., which made us too late to go to bingo, which we weren’t planning on doing anyhow!! So the long-awaited Moody Blues cruise was over – and I was happy it was. I really felt that I had not been on a cruise. It was unlike any cruise I had ever been on. My group of friends and I only ate dinner together in the dining room twice during the cruise which was so different from other cruises I had taken. Of course, there was the fact that we had Moody Blues events to attend and that caused us to miss two dinners, but still, something just didn’t feel right about the whole experience. I felt more like I had gone to two land concerts and ate in a restaurant either before or after the show. Even the Storyteller Events gave me the same feeling. And I was very disappointed in them. I wanted to hear stories that we hadn’t heard before – something new, something different – not a rehash of The Moodies career! We all pretty much know about that!!! If I had to do it again, I would have eaten breakfast and lunch in the dining room more since the buffet was awful, I thought. But that could just be my opinion. So in closing, I’d like to summarize my good and bad points about this cruise:
1. I like the goodie bag I got as a VIP. Don’t think it was worth the enormous extra fare we paid but I did like the contents of the bag.
2. Changing from early to late seating at the request of MSC got us entrance to two Moody Blues concerts and two Storyteller Events.
3. I had my hair done in their salon and it was the cheapest charge I have ever paid to have my hair done at sea. Not a biggie but I thought I’d throw it in there when I’m looking for something good about this ship!!!
4. I didn’t number it as such, but the Summer of Love prom should have been my Positive Comment #3. It was a real hoot!
5. The people! They are not numbered either, but nothing can compare with Moody Blues fans!! The people I met and the friends I made were just THE BEST!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!! Nothing I said under negative comments or the following statements I make about The Moody Blues applies to you guys and gals! You stand heads above everything and are very dear to me! Thank God you were there to be a part of this experience! You made my day, each and every one of you!!!
I think those were all the positive comments I had, but the negative comments will outweigh them for sure.
1. This was by far the smallest balcony cabin we have ever had. My husband and I could not pass each other unless one of us stepped into the area where the two beds separated. I couldn’t believe how small it was!!!
2. The Poesia buffet. I thought it left so much to be desired! I have been on 19 cruises before this, mostly on Carnival and their food stations are 100% better than the Poesia. You have fantastic choices on Carnival if you don’t want to eat in the dining room. On the Poesia, I felt that basically you were offered the same thing every day. It got boring real quick.
3. Can’t find a #3 so we’ll just jump to #4
4. No midnight buffets! What’s a cruise without midnight buffets???? They are one of my favorite parts of a cruise. They are really fun! And the Grand Buffet is the best one of all!! They are something no cruiser, whether first time or veteran, ever forgets. But I guess they did on the Poesia, since there was none!!!! Which leads me to Negative Comment #5?
5. No chocolate!!! I couldn’t find any chocolate on the Poesia!! Not even for sale in the shops!!! Now I don’t know about you but I’m a chocoholic and I need my fix every now and then. I had left my stash home since they said don’t bring any food or beverages on board. I figured – okay, I can buy some exotic chocolate on board like I have done on every other cruise. Whoops – note to self *The MS Poesia does NOT sell chocolate or have any on board anywhere else*!! Bring some if ever on this ship again!!!!!
6. Only one specialty restaurant! And it was a sushi restaurant. Not everyone’s favorite food. And on an Italian ship??? I’d have thought maybe an Italian restaurant…..or a steakhouse……but sushi???? How strange!!!
7. The Moody Blues reception. I could write paragraphs and paragraphs about that. But I’ve posted my thoughts in The Moodies and other forums. I just don’t see how they could justify what they did and call it a reception. It was a *pep talk*, as if we needed one. It was John’s *keep smiling* and *keep the faith* talk given in each of their own words, done in seven minutes! Some people said they were so happy to have shaken Justin’s hand. I’m happy for them but that wouldn’t have done it for me. I WANTED THAT PICTURE!!! Yes, I wasn’t even there to get a picture but I don’t think one person got a photo with Justin during that cruise. He just wasn’t available! He didn’t make himself available for anything other than the expected performances. Otherwise, he hid in his cabin or stayed wherever their cabins were and made sure that his fans didn’t *bother* him. And after we all promised to be on our best behavior and after, I’m sure, John and Graeme told him that we all had been just great on the shore excursions. But he couldn’t be bothered to trust us to live up to his expectations. What a sorry situation!!!!!!
Two other things I forgot to mention in my review have come to my mind – there was a trivia *contest* one of the days. Supposedly a king or queen would be crowned. I went down to participate and see who would win. Well I don’t know about you, but I have taken hundreds of trivia tests and they have all been done with a paper and pencil. The moderator asks questions and you write down your answers. Then usually papers are exchanged and answers checked. The one with the most correct answers wins. Yeah?? Well, not on the Poesia. The guy, Sal, who did all the moderating and talking with The Moody Blues on stage, asked the questions, people raised their hands and he called on people. How can you pick a winner from that????? The gal in front of me raised her hand for every question but only got called on once! I didn’t even bother raising my hand when I saw how Sal was doing the format. I didn’t stick around long enough to see who the king/queen was. I thought that was so weird!!!!!
The other thing was the night that I received my bracelet, as we were eating, I saw Graeme Edge walking down alongside the buffet with his Gal Friday, Rilla. I called to him and said *Hi* and said hello to Rilla. They both smiled and said hi also, and I could tell they recognized me from Sarasota. They also said hello to everyone at our table. He kept walking all the way down to the end of the buffet and into the next room. I found out the next day that The Moody Blues were eating in the buffet room that night. But lest you get excited, they were eating behind a curtain at the end of the room so no one would know they were there! So much for mingling with the fans again…….. I guess Graeme was the only one who felt safe enough to actually walk through the room. I heard the others came down through the kitchen hallways………
So, finally, did I enjoy the cruise? No – but that’s based mostly on the way I felt during the cruise. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I could have gotten off the ship. Also, cruise food is a biggie with me and I thought the Poesia left so much to be desired in that area. As for The Moody Blues themselves, that’s where the title to this review comes into play. After 38 years of being a loyal fan, there is a crack in the wall (for you Dr. Who fans). While my illusions about them have not been *shattered* as such, I definitely have different feelings than I did when I embarked on this voyage. And I will say that Justin Hayward has broken my dream. I don’t know why he has to avoid his fans like he does but it does hurt sometimes. Even at his *CD party*, there were only 250 people there. I don’t think it would have hurt him if he would have autographed the CD at that time instead of having them pre-autographed and just handed out by someone. He used to autograph CD’s (i.e. Borders). It would have made everything so much more special. It made me wonder if he even *likes* his fans any more, or have we all just become *cash cows* to them! Sure, folks, keep smilin’, keep the faith, baby, and spend, spend, spend your money on us. Oh, by the way, there’s yet another compilation coming out in June and it’s only $325. or something like that. And we’ve thrown in a couple of things you’ve never heard before so you certainly want to get that, right???? Oyez, oyez, oyez!!! Step right up and spend your money. Oh, and maybe we’ll do this again next year!!! So save your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, cos next year is gonna be on a luxury ship!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Do I sound a little bitter! Well, I am!!!!! I’m tired of having my illusions shattered and my dreams broken. I’m 72 years old and I’m not getting any younger. I just had an episode this past week that made me realize my mortality and you know what it made me do? It made me start taking down some of the pictures of Justin that I have in my bedroom – and that’s a BIGGIE!!!!! I am so hurt at the moment, it was hard to write this review and try to sound upbeat! I held out until the end but I had to let it out. I hope, reader, that you are not offended by what I said. So I’m going to close now and go eat a bucket of ice cream and follow that up with some chocolate. Yes, it’s going to be one of those nights.
Respectfully submitted and as always, said with love,
I owe an apology of sorts to Justin Hayward. I was sent photos of Justin shopping in Jamaica so he must have gotten off the ship. I was also told that he did the Dunns River Falls excursion too, but no one that was there has mentioned him being there, only John and Graeme. Same for Georgetown although I was told he was on the beach there too. I would like to see some photos of those things too or verbal verification by someone who was there. Call me a Doubting Thomas, but I need to see things with my own eyes to believe them lately.SIWL,Arline <----------------with *jus* 92 days, 1 hour and 31 minutes to my first Justin solo concert in Annapolis, MD
lunazure wrote:I've seen two instances where Justin was crowded by fans, one was in Tahoe when a persistent stalker ran him down in the halls near the limo (Justin was twice her height so he was ok, and he really gave her the brush too, it was impressive.
I don't think I could ever approach an unwilling celebrity for an autograph or picture. It would be like, "Here is a souvenir of when I intruded on this person's space." THey don't owe me anything, but a nice civilized event occasionally for those who like that kind of thing (like in Monaco) seems like a good idea, for somebody who wants to thank the well-behaved fans. Or when they did a contest and if you won you got to go to an autograph party (like Sue won on Moodysojourn). That would be fun, but it's a controlled, on-duty kind of thing.
LeAnneIt's so funny how different individual Moody Blues can be when they are separated from the group. For instance, my husband and I went to see Graeme Edge when he did his conducting stint in Sarasota about six weeks ago. During intermission, a friend and I saw him standing outside and we approached him and asked if we could have his autograph. He was as gracious as he could be and even posed for photos. I knew my friend had a crush on him so I asked him if he would give her a kiss on her cheek and he laughed and said sure! And then, unbeknown to me, my battery in my new camera failed. So we had to take the picture over FOUR times before I finally realized what it was and I took the photo with her camera. Graeme was very friendly the whole time and my girlfriend was in seventh heaven!! We thanked him and he smiled the whole time. After he finished conducting the orchestra, as he came down the steps, I walked over to him with a bouquet of flowers. I told him that this was not Justin's day, this was not John's day, this was HIS day and we were all so proud of him. I handed him the flowers and as I did, I told him there was a secret in them and then I showed him a banana hidden in the middle of the flowers!! He threw back his head and just laughed and laughed!! For those of you who don't know the secret, Graeme admits that just before every tour, he has these crazy dreams about bananas!! Strange, but true! And after the show, he stood outside and talked to everyone who approached him! Everyone who wanted a photo got one, everyone who wanted an autograph got one, anyone who just wanted to shake his hand or just wanted to say thank you got to talk to him! He was a class act!!! No hiding out in the venue until everyone left.....he made sure he was available and we all had a great time! Now that's how a Moody Blue should be! If only he could give lessons to Justin and John...................Arline in Florida <-------------with *jus* 88 day, 6 hours and 44 minutes to my first Justin solo concert in Annapolis, MD
tothenextbend wrote:I don't think I could ever approach an unwilling celebrity for an autograph or picture. It would be like, "Here is a souvenir of when I intruded on this person's space." THey don't owe me anything
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