It was a great week to be on the Voyager of the Seas, as the entertainment offerings were especially fresh. A new set of performers came aboard this week for the “Broadway Rhythm & Rhymes” show, a former Olympic figure skater stole the ice show, and the late-night human scavenger hunt Quest was more raunchy than usual (I’ll be scarred for life from watching a guest dressed as Elmo from “Sesame Street” do unmentionable things with a babe in a Wilma Flintstone costume).
Here are my choices for the best of the week (in reverse order, just to keep you on the edge of your seat):
5. Impersonator Paul Boland. The man of 1,000 voices has an impressive résumé, having played Las Vegas for years. So it felt like an honor to watch him do his impressions on the La Scala Theatre stage Wednesday night. Though his repertoire is a little dated – Sonny and Cher, Dean Martin and Bill Clinton impersonations among them – Boland’s talent is considerable.
4. Late-night adult sing-along show with Matt Yee. The cruise ship stalwart and equal opportunity discriminator fed off a standing room-only audience nightly for his piano and song show. His jokes are deliciously offensive, his singing voice decidedly un-fabulous, and his costumes would make a drag queen cringe – but somehow, it all comes together and makes a really fun lounge act.
3. Big Band Night on the Royal Promenade. The house orchestra played a different genre of music nearly every night, but they shined on big band night Tuesday. I’m several generations too young like the music, but the brass section was sharp and energized the shopping zone.
2. “Chucky” and David Morgan. Who would have thought a squeaky-voiced stand-up comedian with a cheap-looking duck hand puppet in a Louisiana State T-shirt could be so amusing? Morgan charmed on Wednesday night, but the audience made the show, when five women with an incurable case of giggles tried to sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” onstage.
And my choice for the best act is …
1. Ice Odyssey. Stunning Ukrainian figure skater Iryna Usenko was the special guest star of Tuesday night’s ice show. Nine other high-caliber skaters performed, too, but Usenko dominated. She performed an athletically impressive routine that involved keeping a dozen sparkly hula hoops in motion on her arms and legs and around her waist and neck while gliding on the first-ever ice skating rink on a cruise ship – no small feat.
There will one more act to add to the list when Martina McBride comes aboard the Voyager of the Seas on Saturday for a special one-time concert. Check back for a complete review of her performance.
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