As promised, I found some videos from the cruise on YouTube and am posting them here for your weekend viewing pleasure. Thank you to those who posted!
What an incredible ’80s cruise! Rick Springfield as the host and a long list of performers, such as Thomas Dolby, Loverboy, Mike+ The Mechanics, Lou Gramm from Foreigner, Terri Nunn from Berlin, Billy Ocean and Tommy Tutone.
I wasn’t actually on the cruise, but I enjoyed it vicariously through videos of those who were there. Many RS fans were on the cruise and shared videos in Facebook fan groups and the fabulous Shantelle Bisson her husband Yannik (former co-star of “High Tide” with RS and star of Canada’s “Murdoch Mysteries”) both shared some great behind-the-scenes videos on Instagram (along with some beside-the-scene views, such as clips of RS concerts from the side of the stage.)
The fact that I was able to watch videos taken by people I don’t know who were in the middle of the ocean is pretty incredible. It’s another one of those things that my 13-year-old self would have been thrilled about back in the 1980s. Back then being a RS fan meant taking babysitting gigs so I could watch MTV and possibly see a RS video or interview (we didn’t have cable at home.) Or I’d walk to the neighborhood Revco drug store to see if the latest issue of Teen Beat, Tiger Beat or 16 magazine was out. (For other examples, see “Rick Springfield fandom in the 1980s vs. today.“)
But sitting home watching a video of my favorite rock star performing on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean the same night it was happening? No way, not in my wildest dreams.
Some of the highlights of the cruise (from my limited view 2,400 miles away) were:
- The piano bar when RS and Thomas Dolby were playing The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.”
- The Mark Goodman and RS Q&A session
- Videos of the band hanging out singing in one of the cabins
- RS singing “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (watching that brought out my inner teen giddiness, for sure)
- Watching RS perform so many great songs with all those other talented performers and seeing him have such a great time
I’m sure there were many more highlights from people who were actually there so check out the Facebook fan pages. If I can find any videos to share from YouTube, I’ll post at a later date.
Next year’s lineup looks fun, too, especially the English Beat. I was a big fan in high school and I saw them once in this little bar in Tempe where I danced on the same dance floor as Dave Wakeling. But this year’s cruise, with Rick Springfield as host, would be hard to beat.
Oh, how I wish I was in Florida preparing to embark on a trip back to that totally tubular time of the 1980s. Yes, the ’80s cruise that we heard about last year starts this weekend, with none other than Rick Springfield as its captain. Or host. Let’s go with captain, he seems to like that:
I never started playing the lottery so I never won and therefore am not going on the cruise, but hopefully some of the lucky fans who are will share some videos.
Tonight RS is performing in Florida and then the ship sets sail on Saturday. Sometimes I feel like I know WAY too much about RS’s life. My brain can only hold so much information and I wonder sometimes if I didn’t know so much RS trivia maybe I’d remember more of my passwords and not have to reset them so often.
There weren’t as many passwords to remember back in the 1980s. In fact, so many things have changed since then. My childhood mall is being redeveloped into an office complex. Toys R Us is closing all its stores. I feel like I’ve reached that age where I spend too much time explaining to my kids how things used to be and talking about things that no longer exist. Although the details are different, it’s a reiteration of my dad’s story about being one of the first families on his block to get a color TV.
Today as we prepared to set out for school drop-off, my car didn’t start. The AAA guy checked the battery, but that was fine, it’s likely my starter. (’80s note: My very first 45 record was “Start Me Up!” by the Rolling Stones). I ended up having to drive my husband to work and passed the Arizona State Fairgrounds where two of my kids sang “Don’t Talk to Strangers” with RS a couple of years ago. (Another ’80s reference, in case you didn’t get it.)
For some reason, today when people call me on my cell phone, I can’t hear them and they can’t hear me. To paraphrase Blondie, “Call me, call me any, anytime” but I won’t be able to hear you.
Despite all these ’80s references, the song that kept going through my head today was “It’s Always Something.”
For that reason, it sounds so fun to get way from all of this and go out on a big boat dedicated to the 1980s and all that great music.
To everyone who is going – have an awesome time. Totally. For sure.
As America inaugurated its new president yesterday, we also learned that the ’80s cruise will soon have a new musical captain. It was announced yesterday that Rick Springfield will host next year’s The 80s cruise, March 17-24, 2018.
The event will include a number of performers from the 1980s, as well as ’80s-themed parties and stops in the Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. RS will host the cruise, and even a few of the original MTV VJs will be there.
As someone who was in junior high and high school in the ’80s, this sounds totally rad and it’s definitely on my “If I win the lottery…” list.
The first ’80s Cruise was in 2016 and if RS would have been the musical captain on that ship, this image from his “Human Touch” video would have had a whole new level of prophecy:
But he wasn’t.
However, there was an ’80s tribute band from New York on the 2016 cruise called Jessie’s Girl, so he was there in spirit.
Update on Jan. 25: Here’s a little more information about RS’s role in the cruise here, courtesy of gibson.com:
Springfield will head-up parties on the cruise, as well as perform three headlining concerts, jam with other musicians during their sets and be part of a Q&A and autograph session. The cruise will also feature ‘80s movies and videos playing in the cabins and a nostalgic video game arcade. Co-hosts on the cruise include MTV VJs Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter.
It sounds so fun – I guess I should start playing the lottery now.