Best Piano Entertainer on Carnival? (Part 2)

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#1
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Please continue your discussion in this new thread. You can find the old thread (read only) here:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=362780
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Oh... wow...
Ok, well I guess a good way to start this off is to post the list... I'm on the Fantasy at the moment, and Frank Glenn is in the PB.

Conquest: Larry McConaghy 9/12/2011 - ???
Destiny: Russell Villarin 9/10/2011 - ???
Dream: Dave Filsinger 9/3/2011 - 3/3/2012
Ecstasy: Frank Glenn 9/22/2011 - ???
Elation: Bruce McGhie 1/24/2011 - 10/22/2011
Elation: Drydock 10/22/2011 - 11/05/2011
Elation: Tom Grable 11/05/2011 - 5/5/2012
Fantasy: Hrvoje "H" Knezevic 7/16/2011 - 10/12/2011
Fascination: Duane Lewis 9/12/2011 - 10/1/2011
Freedom: Marty Gast 8/21/2011 - 1/14/2012
Glory: Tom Riccio 8/27/2011 - ???
Imagination: Angela Johnson 7/11/2011 - 11/4/2011
Inspiration: Jafar Curry 7/10/2011 - 12/3/2011
Inspiration: Seth Gibson 12/3/2011 - 6/??/2012
Legend: Lizl Strauss 7/15/2011 - 10/9/2011
Legend: Pollyanna Jones 10/9/2011 - ???
Liberty: Pollyanna Jones 7/16/2011 - 10/8/2011
Liberty: Drydock 10/8/2011 - 10/22/2011
Liberty: "Piano Bar Bob" Berhalter 10/22/2011 - 2/??/2012
Magic: James "Jim" Morris 7/10/2011 - 10/28/2011

Magic: Ron Pass 10/28/2011 - 12/4/2011 www.ronpass.com
Miracle: Peter Brenner 9/11/2011 - ???
Paradise: Jordan Heppner 6/3/2011 - 10/7/2011
Pride: James Quigley 7/31/2011 - 12/4/2011
Sensation: Barry Miller 9/1/2011 - ???
Spirit: Keith Turner 7/19/2011 - 1/6/2012
Splendor: Jason Davis current - 11/13/2011
Triumph: Ron Pass 10/6/2011 - 10/24/2011 www.ronpass.com
Valor: Brad Alexander 9/18/2011 - 12/11/2011 www.bradalexanderonline.com
Victory: Jerry Seelix 9/3/2011 - ???

*** A note about this list: This list is compiled from reports and reviews of current cruisers and reports from the entertainers themselves. There is no guarantee of accuracy. An actual date usually means that the schedule has been confirmed by either the performer or someone inside Carnival. Schedules are subject to change. Also, this list is updated very regularly, so if it's not on the list, we probably don't know it.
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Our new home looks good. Hope everyone finds us.

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#5
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Looks like we have a new home!! We will going on the Valor on Nov.27th to see our old friend Brad Alexander. Always a pleasure to be at the piano bar witb Brad!!! John & Priscilla
#6
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Swimmom2,

I hope you make it over to this thread to see this. The schedule has changed and Ron will not be on the Liberty in Oct/Nov now, he is heading to the Magic instead. Your piano man will be "Piano Bar Bob" Berhalter.

But that being said, yes Ron is the best out there in my opinion!

Happy sailing,

Laura
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#7
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Originally posted by John F
Looks like we have a new home!! We will going on the Valor on Nov.27th to see our old friend Brad Alexander. Always a pleasure to be at the piano bar witb Brad!!! John & Priscilla

I'm so jealous, I *heart* Brad!
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Originally posted by divetrash
Swimmom2,

I hope you make it over to this thread to see this. The schedule has changed and Ron will not be on the Liberty in Oct/Nov now, he is heading to the Magic instead. Your piano man will be "Piano Bar Bob" Berhalter.

But that being said, yes Ron is the best out there in my opinion!

Happy sailing,

Laura
I did make it over here thank you...Oh no now im bummed
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#9
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Let's try to get some input about polly the piano player on the legend for the Halloween cruise.So far I have had some positive comments.I'll be there on mst nights .
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Hey Laura and all.

Since this will be lost to the old thread, I thought I should post it here.

For those who had not seen this in the old thread... this is Laura with Ron Pass in the PB on Bloggers Cruise 4.

Laura was maknig a requst of Ron... a song request. It was all in great fun.

I can hardly wait for Bloggers Cruise 5!!!



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#11
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Polloyanna will be at the piano on the legend.Has any one enjoyed her on other cruises ? what kind of music dose she play?
#12
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Update for the Fascination:

Conquest: Larry McConaghy 9/12/2011 - ???
Destiny: Russell Villarin 9/10/2011 - ???
Dream: Dave Filsinger 9/3/2011 - 3/3/2012
Ecstasy: Frank Glenn 9/22/2011 - ???
Elation: Bruce McGhie 1/24/2011 - 10/22/2011
Elation: Drydock 10/22/2011 - 11/05/2011
Elation: Tom Grable 11/05/2011 - 5/5/2012
Fantasy: Hrvoje "H" Knezevic 7/16/2011 - 10/12/2011
Fascination: Milburn Dumas 10/1/2011- ???
Freedom: Marty Gast 8/21/2011 - 1/14/2012
Glory: Tom Riccio 8/27/2011 - ???
Imagination: Angela Johnson 7/11/2011 - 11/4/2011
Inspiration: Jafar Curry 7/10/2011 - 12/3/2011
Inspiration: Seth Gibson 12/3/2011 - 6/??/2012
Legend: Lizl Strauss 7/15/2011 - 10/9/2011
Legend: Pollyanna Jones 10/9/2011 - ???
Liberty: Pollyanna Jones 7/16/2011 - 10/8/2011
Liberty: Drydock 10/8/2011 - 10/22/2011
Liberty: "Piano Bar Bob" Berhalter 10/22/2011 - 2/??/2012
Magic: James "Jim" Morris 7/10/2011 - 10/28/2011

Magic: Ron Pass 10/28/2011 - 12/4/2011 www.ronpass.com
Miracle: Peter Brenner 9/11/2011 - ???
Paradise: Jordan Heppner 6/3/2011 - 10/7/2011
Pride: James Quigley 7/31/2011 - 12/4/2011
Sensation: Barry Miller 9/1/2011 - ???
Spirit: Keith Turner 7/19/2011 - 1/6/2012
Splendor: Jason Davis current - 11/13/2011
Triumph: Ron Pass 10/6/2011 - 10/24/2011 www.ronpass.com
Valor: Brad Alexander 9/18/2011 - 12/11/2011 www.bradalexanderonline.com
Victory: Jerry Seelix 9/3/2011 - ???

*** A note about this list: This list is compiled from reports and reviews of current cruisers and reports from the entertainers themselves. There is no guarantee of accuracy. An actual date usually means that the schedule has been confirmed by either the performer or someone inside Carnival. Schedules are subject to change. Also, this list is updated very regularly, so if it's not on the list, we probably don't know it.
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#13
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How is Bruce McGhie 1/24/2011 - 10/22/2011? We go on the elation in a few days.
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#14
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Originally posted by hyerpraise
How is Bruce McGhie 1/24/2011 - 10/22/2011? We go on the elation in a few days.
I posted this on the old thread a few weeks ago:

I've got a soft spot for Bruce. I sailed with him last June and again in September on the Glory.

This is what I posted after sailing with him for the first time in June:

"I just got off the Glory this past Saturday. I spent every night in the piano bar and had a blast. Bruce is a sweet and talented Scotsman (excellent accent!). Lower key than some. His playlist is varied and always includes lots more than what is just on the list he hands out, but pretty lean when it comes to current songs.

He does a good job making everyone feel included and welcome and absolutely loves audience participation, often dropping out and letting the audience sing and pointing out and featuring someone who is singing along enthusiastically. He's got an extra microphone for people who want to sing and it often got passed around. Early on he often does trivia and "Name that Tune" stuff to help people get involved (I can name that tune in 250 notes! LOL)

It can get a bit repetitious as he finds what works with his audience, on our cruise he had 20 somethings to 70 somethings in his bar, and he works to please everyone, that was quite an age gap to straddle. And he accommodates requests as he can, almost to a fault... Oh, if I never hear "Rhinestone Cowboy" again, it will be too soon! LOL!

His is one of those piano bars where it can be nice just listening and chatting with just a few people in the bar (as it was early on the first night) or a lot of fun with a big raucous group which it became later on in the cruise. The people in the bar and their willingness to participate definitely make a big difference. Seats around the bar were at a premium by the second night of our cruise as his "hardcores" found their way to the bar. The first night worried him a bit as he said that the previous two cruises were rip-roaring from the get go.

Just make sure it's after midnight before you ask him what his favorite thing to wear under his kilt is! LOL!"

There were some other good comments about him much further back in the thread before he took a couple year break from Carnival.

By all means go and have a good time. He appreciates people who love piano bars.

And make sure you tell him that "girrny b*tch" Laura says hello!

Happy Cruising,

Laura

PS - Here are a couple of comments posted in recent reviews of the Elation as well:

Propellor1969 from Little Rock, AR, who just got off the 9/1/11 "extended cruise" said: "Bruce was super great in the piano bar. If you go, tell him his Tabernacle choir says hi! He is full of great trivia and likes to quiz you in between songs. That's where we always started after dinner."


A cruiser from August who hated most of the entertainment on board said: "The piano bar is nice, especially since it is not smoking now. The Scottish(?) guy is a fun relaxing host. I wish there was more of this available. "
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#15
Somewhere in TN
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Thanks for the great reply. We probably won't stay long since we have small kids but they love piano music. We won't take up chairs for people staying extended periods.
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We just got off the Elation. The excellent piano player in the main area where Cust Service and Excursion desk seemed to play nonstop for the entire cruise. She was a very thin woman with a long pony tail. She seemed tireless. How could she do that. Didn't catch her name, but she put her whole mind and soul into her playing.
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Originally posted by hyerpraise
How is Bruce McGhie 1/24/2011 - 10/22/2011? We go on the elation in a few days.
Bruce is so far my favorite piano man. He spoiled us and no-one has ever been as good. That was the only cruise I ever spent every night in the piano bar.
When you see him, tell him Judy says to hurry up and come back to Galveston.
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We just got off the Freedom and Marty was awesome!! Had the best time.
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#20
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So whats the scoop on this guy Jerry Seelix on the Victory , when you do search you get an OMG I can't believe They let this guy on another ship, but I havent read anything on him since he has been on the Victory??
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