Greetings from the
Cruise Recovery Zone. As anyone that was aboard could tell
you, the Dynatones / T.B.C. cruise was out of this world. Many have
asked for details so I figured this may be an appropriate way to
spread the word. All
the guys and girls from T.B.C and
along with 170 or so wild and crazy polka people set sail from the
Gulf of Mexico port of Houston on April 19 aboard the Norwegian
Star for 7 nights of polka
anything a go goes. We were immediately well received with
party around the pool located at the very rear of the ship.
All those new to
cruise life watched as the land faded away to a surround of blue
Immediately there was a lot of controversy regarding the optional
"drink package" that was offered to all polka people as
a part of the cruise. Many were skeptical prior to even stepping
on the ship. Nevertheless, after some clarification a few
days into the cruise from the director responsible for Bars and
Lounges, it was a reality. All those that had purchased the bar
package enjoyed unlimited cocktails for the initial $220, when a
$800 - $1000 bar bill at the end of a cruise is not out of the ordinary
I got the inside scoop from the Assistant Cruise Director on board
that their expectations of polka people were blown out of the water.
They figured it to be a quiet cruise as the ship was not completely
full and these polka people must surely all be elderly and reserved.
Many of the staff members commented on their delight and surprise
to service such a fun loving bunch of people and said they would
surely miss us. The
first two days were spent at sea and the weather was very nice.
Every morning (or afternoon depending on your night owl status)
most polka people could be found sun bathing around the pool, enjoying
Both bands played Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Each night the music went from 8:30 to 12:30 or so. Then it
was off to the "Disco Lounge" for all the night owls to
get jiggy with it. This lounge was actually open until 4:30
or so as long as there were patrons. What were they thinking?
Of course the lounge was filled with mostly polka people each night.
The ports of call were the Islands of Calica, Cozumel and Roattan,
Honduras. If there were any complaints, it was regarding the
condition of these islands. Calica is in the process of being built
up to accommodate tourism and therefore limited in its attractions.
Cozumel was too commercial, and to enjoy Roattan, you had to endure
a 20-minute ride through a poverty-stricken zone. However,
fun was found, when looked for, on all of these ports of call.
There were so many
planned activities on board as well as latenight theme buffets,
this Rambling could go on forever (too late), but overall, the service
was excellent, the food extravagant and the good times a plenty!!!
A special musical
treat was had by all on the last night, last set of the Dynatones
... the notorious "Show Set." Famous and fabulous
Chicago bass man Lenny Kapka and the legendary concertina master
Wally Maduzia performed with The Dynatones ... capping a perfect
ending to a perfect cruise. Thanks for the memories guys!!!!
Most cruise "hardships": Wielke Tata
Loudest muffler: Scrubby
Most Popular Shooter: Mind Eraser (I think, I don't quite remember)
Most Unusual Article of Clothing: Latex Underwear
Most popular cruise sayings: "Whoopee" and "Ohhhhh
Most popular beer - Miller Lite
Most exposure - Mike Denton
Most dangerous animal - Parrot at Senor Frogs
Most drinks ordered - Brian Kapka (12:59:59 04/25/98)
Favorite Bartender - Roderick
First Norwegian Cruise
to ever run out of a kind of beer.
Bars normally stocked 3 times a week had to be stocked 2 times a
Do it Again
Both bands have been
inundated with requests for information on the next
cruise which is in the works. Click here
to see details on the cruise
of the millenium!!!
Note Of Thanks
The Brass Connection
and The Dynatones sincerely thank all those people
that sailed along with us for making our first cruise so memorable.
To Dynatones Horn-Man
& Annie Sennikoff
engagement while sailing the seas.