What feelings would “My Heart Will Go On” – the Titanic theme tune – evoke if you heard it as you sailed out of port: Happy, excited – or extremely nervous?
Apparently, there are quite a few of you who would like to listen to that particular soundtrack during the sailaway party, at least according to the Cruise Critic forums. We’re comfortable with the stirring sounds of “Conquest of Paradise” by Vangelis, beloved by Star Clippers, or “Amazing Grace,” played by Island Windjammers.
So what’s music to your ears? It’s a cruising question posed by member asdf12 that elicited interesting suggestions on the forums.
Plenty of people agree that Celebrity’s sailaway song of choice, Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” really hits the spot. Member Ahh’s first pick would be silence, but concurs that most instrumental movie soundtracks work well, including Braveheart, King Arthur, The Mission, Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, and the aforementioned Titanic.
And if any cruise lines are looking for a new sailaway song, other members have plenty of water-logged ideas, including Boney M’s “Rivers of Babylon,” Blondie’s “The Tide is High,” the Beach Boys’ “Catch a Wave” and, a nice alternative one here, Led Zeppelin’s “Ocean.”
(Read this thread for an interesting look at what sailaways were like in “the good old days”).
Music choice isn’t just an issue at sailaway. Once the cruise begins, it’s not just me who packs up their towel and leaves the pool when loud music starts booming. I’ve got allies in Paint Horse, who “enjoys silence in most cases and in most locations”, and Seafarer who posted: “Other than in lounges and theaters, music on a cruise ship can be very intrusive, especially if you’re trying to have a quiet meal or conversation in dining areas, or relax by the pool.”
(Remember, if the onboard music isn’t to your satisfaction, you can always head to the karaoke night and sing to your heart’s content, or put in a request to the entertainers).
So would you prefer to kill music by the pool or are you happy to let the band (er, DJ) play on? Tell us what music or songs you’d like to hear – or pull the plug on – during sailways and at sea.