Sunday, July 28, 2013

Alaska - Day One

First day on ship. Very happy to meet Alberto and lots of hugs. The thing we really notice on this ship is the age difference.  I would say on all the other gay Atlantis cruises we’ve done, the average age has been 35-40.  Here it’s more like 55. There’s a lot more white hair than I’m used to seeing on a gay vacation. The atmosphere is more laid back it seems.
The sail away party for example, no one was dancing. On the other cruises it was immediate dancing, but not here.  We talked to some people, everyone seems so nice, less attitude than Atlantis perhaps, though there wasn’t really attitude there. I do remember occasionally watching the cute boys dance and hang out and feel left out. Less of that here. I feel like the young chicken.
We went to the Tom Judson show with five other people. Judson is former porn star Gus Maddox, I saw him in Provincetown previously. Here he played piano and the dialogue and song selection was not on point. He’s like “There were a lot of movie theme songs in the 1930’s that were not popular. Here’s two of them written about flowers.” I think every song he played was written before my grandmother was born. People were leaving in droves.
We ran out and over to see Frenchie Davis from American Idol and The Voice.  She was amazing and burned the house down. Loved her, true diva. A fierce queen. She could sing fast songs, like “When Love Takes Over” and slow like “When You’re Good To Mama” from Chicago.

Went up to eat and met Mark, an actor working here with his partner Mike. Charming amazing guy with really cool hair. He recently played the father in Next to Normal. We talked and had a good time, then off to sleep.

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