So much activity began the moment one checked in to board the 2020 Ultimate Disco Cruise ship. By the stroke of midnight on the initial night, one feels as if they have been already awarded with a week’s worth of cruise joy – even before the most fun has started.
Key West and Ultimate Disco Cruise Fun
The first night of sleep was filled with dreams of actual disco fantasies coming true waking to pull into the fantastic port of Key West. Getting back on the ship by 3:30 p.m. allowed for a treat of entertainment by Anita Ward, Maxine Nightingale and George McCrae by the pool. This was followed by a poolside disco dance class led by the one-and-only Deney Terrio.
Those not looking to party too early got to relax watching an All Access Pass live interview with the wonderful Sister Sledge. The iconic sisters spoke honestly about their life of entertaining to an enthralled audience.
After a day of enjoying some key lime pie strolling Duval Street, Celebrity Infinity set sail at 5 p.m. for the Bahamas as guests got into the groove dressing up as their favorite 70s TV and movie characters for a costume party. “Charlies Angels,” “Saturday Night Fever,” and “Grease” were well represented. Every Ultimate Disco Cruise evening a new costume theme party got guests in the mood for dancing excitement.
The entire ship rocked with dancing from the aft to forward with disco sounds being played center ship in lounges between the main theater and the dining room. Even the elevators had the dance music keeping the party going.
The Disco Cruise Entertainment is the Best
The second night of the cruise began with a Mainstage Concert starring The Jacksons. The family is still going strong with welcome oldies mixed in with memories and some new funk. The show got very personal with a wonderful video and photo montage of all the brothers, including Michael, and sisters as Mom Katherine reminisced. It was a beautiful heartfelt mini-documentary with funny stories narrated by Kathrine that made the audience laugh and feel connected.
After the documentary brought cheers a compilation of Jackson 5 songs brought back
wonderful memories. Fun video displayed the cartoon Jackson’s behind those performing – making one feel as if Michael was still with them in at least spirit. Of course, a highlight was “Never Can Say Goodbye” along with “I’ll Be There.”
Funk took over and the men certainly proved that The Jacksons can still move. The audience joined in as all were encouraged to get up and dance with “Shake Your Body to the Ground.” Cheers by fans proved The Jacksons were certainly a huge hit on the Ultimate Disco Cruise.
Following The Jacksons, we went to the Constellation Lounge to watch The Blue Notes. Their fabulous voices and dance moves brought praises from all especially when they belted out “If You Don’t Know Me by Now.”
Disco Cruise with Ultimate Theatrical Performance
It was truly a wonderful experience to watch the “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical.” Definitely, a thrill enjoying a musical journey of the life of Sylvester, the 1970s “Queen of Disco” with the co-writer of the musical, Anthony Wayne, playing the title role.
In role, Wayne spoke passionately about Sylvester’s life, especially the 80s losing friends and his love to a horrible disease. No need to mention the illness name – revered silence took over as the audience understood. His message was to tell everyone that they should never take life or others for granted and things can change in a moment. This was followed by his “Weather Girls” performers singing a beautiful ballad – as if channeling the one and only Weather Girls – “I’ve been looking around and you were here all the time.”
Wayne as Sylvester continued his powerful words encouraging all to be able to succeed because who you are. He powered up the audience with energy-giving an awe-inspiring sermon mixed with an unbelievable performance. Finishing was the performer singing a rousing “You Make Me Feel.”
Straight from the Sylvester musical, it was off to dance late-night along with France Joli. Joli belted her heart out along with her wonderful “Come To Me” as everyone sang and danced along to the disco anthem.
Once again the main dining room was turned into Studio 55 where DJ Bob Pantano hosted disco dancing into the wee morning hours.
Every Cruise Day Brought More Fun and Disco Glory
Wednesday brought a day of disco fun and enlightenment beginning with the morning offering of a live interview with The Jacksons and a Family Feud Gameshow. Lunch hour brought a fun dance class with Shalamar Reloaded featuring Jody Watley. The Ultimate Disco Cruise certainly knows how to have a pool party. In the early afternoon, The Trammps featuring Earl Young got all dancing in and out of the pool and hot tubs.
More Disco fun was found all over the ship as guests and celebs mingled to enjoy multiple entertainment choices. Hump day evening brought an “Ultimate Divas Disco Show with Cara Lee” followed by Boogie Wonder Band. Then France Joli got the real dancing fun going at Studio 55. Joli sent her love out to the cheering fans who sent the love right back to her with honest energy.
The vivacity felt throughout the ship every moment of the cruise certainly speaks highly of a travel experience that is truly unique. With all feeling as one as in the days of dance fever, the experience left many with new friends happy to be united as if we have never left the club. The energy was so exhilarating that cruisers were booking the 2021 Ultimate Disco Cruise before ending their 2020 adventure.