September 21, 2017
Vanilla Ice serving you ice cream on a cruise ship is the vacation goal you never knew you had.
Lucky for '90s fans, it's one of a handful of activities that await on the first-ever Ship Hop music cruise -- and you bet it's going to be all that and a bag of chips.
Nineties icons Salt-n-Pepa, Sisqo, Naughty by Nature, Blackstreet and Coolio, among others, will join Vanilla Ice on a four-night Caribbean cruise, for a series of nostalgic concerts, totally fly theme parties, a '90s prom event, meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and more. (Would it be too much to ask for Ecto Cooler cocktails, on the menu?)
Passengers on the cruise, which takes over Carnival Sensation from January 11 to 15, also will be encouraged to pack their best '90s get-ups -- neon-colored tube tops, hammer pants, butterfly hairclips and all.
Cruise Critic caught up with Salt-n-Pepa's Spinderella to get the scoop, scoop-ba-doop on what the Ship Hop cruise has in store for '90s lovers. Her advice to those who come onboard: "Get some rest, because there's going to be a lot going on … and you may even need a vacation after this cruise!"
1. Jam out at concerts day and night.
Imagine hearing songs that once lived on your homemade mixtape performed by the artists, live on stage. Salt-n-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Sisqo and more (see the full lineup) will be putting on concerts and DJ sets around the clock. Spinderella even hinted at a special "Whatta Man" show she and the band are cooking up for their fans. "There are so many artists," she said. "It's like the best of the '90s is going to be on that ship."
2. Eat ice cream served by Vanilla Ice.
Word on the street is Vanilla Ice is running the ice scream station onboard. Enough said. We're not sure what his soft-serve swirling skills are like -- but he could serve us a lopsided cone, and we'd still be happy.
3. Have your photo taken with the stars … for free.
A selfie with Sisqo -- with a look in ya eye so devilish -- would be a pretty phat souvenir (and Facebook profile picture). Even better: meet-and-greet photo sessions on the Ship Hop cruise are free, unlike other theme cruises that charge for any shots taken with the artists.
4. Sing karaoke with Spinderella.
Although details are still being worked out, Spinderella is planning to host karaoke with a spin, that will involve some fun game elements. We recommend anyone who plans to attend first brush up on their Salt-n-Pepa song lyrics -- at least for the major hits "Push It," "Shoop," "Let's Talk About Sex" and "Whatta Man." The Salt-n-Pepa DJ added herself: "It'll be very nostalgic, I'll tell ya that!"
5. Get your fitness on, '90s style.
Even if you weren't planning on spending anytime at the gym on this cruise, you won't want to miss the '90s-themed morning workout -- complete with salt and pepper shaker weights. You might even be surprised to see a special guest there to help you stay motivated. Just don't forget your neon leotards and hair scrunchies.
Feeling lucky? Enter the Ship-Hop cruise contest for a chance to win a cabin for two.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor