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6 hours ago, Keith1010 said:

Over the years Crystal has had a few very unique comedians who were favorites of many who didn't just do comedy but put it in song.  Two that come to mind would write parts of their show based on places we visited and funny incidents that occurred.  We really enjoyed this.  One still performs from time to time but one has not been back in many years.

 

Live them both if it’s the same two I’m thinking of

 

John Joseph is a regular on both ships and his improv songs are so funny, I’ll never forget his take on our visit to Fanning Island back in 2016. I really would not want his travel schedule to get to gigs all around the world - but as he says “that’s show biz” 

 

You have me wondering about the second - if it’s Jimmy Travis you are referring to I didn’t realise he’d retired? But I guess it’s been a while since we saw him perform onboard 

 

Love the Liars Club - and who would have thought one of the best participants would be a Rabbi who could draw on his Rabbinical School learnings to entertain us all - certainly looking forward to seeing him again in January 

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Terry,

 

The comedian who hasn't performed in quite a few years is Mike Goddard.  Last time I sailed with him was 2007.  I believe he stopped performing due to,health reasons.   He was hysterical.

 

Nancy

 

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27 minutes ago, Stickman1990 said:

 

Live them both if it’s the same two I’m thinking of

 

John Joseph is a regular on both ships and his improv songs are so funny, I’ll never forget his take on our visit to Fanning Island back in 2016. I really would not want his travel schedule to get to gigs all around the world - but as he says “that’s show biz” 

 

You have me wondering about the second - if it’s Jimmy Travis you are referring to I didn’t realise he’d retired? But I guess it’s been a while since we saw him perform onboard 

 

Love the Liars Club - and who would have thought one of the best participants would be a Rabbi who could draw on his Rabbinical School learnings to entertain us all - certainly looking forward to seeing him again in January 

Yes, yes, yes.  The Rabbi is amazing.  Ken Rees does a great job at Liar's Club as well.  Jay Wolfe is also very good at the Liar's Club.

 

So one comedian that I was thinking of and the light bulb finally went off is Mike Goddard which Nancy mentioned.   He might be before your time with Crystal.  So many funny performances.  On one voyage we visited Salalah, Oman.  Many people take a tour where they drive several hours to see the Frankincense tree and he made a great story out of this.  Plus he sang a song and instead of Salalah it is Salala.  He also could be serious.  On one of the cruises he gave us a good lecture on Broadway shows to see on a cruise that arrive to New York CIty.  I cant' remember which one.  One time he came out as a woman.  At one point he had long hair.  Another time short hair. 

 

Also like some of the other comedians a master at Team Trivia.  He was part of what was called the Bar Team.  There was a time when the enrichment people could participate in Team Trivia but some complained so they couldn't do it anymore but Mike was masterful.  I think to memorize as much as they do it makes them great players of Team Trivia. 


The other one I am thinking of and I had to pull out my old guest lists booklet is Pianist Dale Gonyea.  He would also write some of his jokes (he was a Pianist Comedian) based on what took place on the ship.  On one of the cruises we had very (and I mean very rough) seas  on the tender.  I think it was Rarotonga Cook Islands.  We got back and it was rough and about an hour later it was as rough as it gets with many guests and crew throwing up in the tender.  While not funny he wrote an entire song based on that visit. 

 

I agree John Joseph is another funny one.

 

Keith

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John Joseph had us laughing till our sides split, and Steve Stevens is very funny too, similar schticks. Always enjoyed Mike Nuen but he's been gone for a long time...oops I'm showing my age.🙄 Also love to see Dale Gonyea, but he's a rare appearance.

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9 hours ago, LHT28 said:

I find  having  magicians & comedians (good or bad)  was  not my idea of what a Luxury line  would have as entertainment

Just saying

 

 

Not really sure why you would say this. As other posters have noted, Crystal has some great comedians. In my opinion, one of their "edgiest" is Mark Merchant, who is a ventriloquist. He has a number of characters that tread very close to the line of "politically incorrect", but he always brings the house down! In what I thought was a very daring move, on a cruise in 2006 on Symphony he introduced a George W. Bush dummy (and I am not being political here) that was hysterical, and we all got to shake "The President's" hand as we left the lounge!

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Another great one was/is Dale Gonyea.  Oops, I see he has already been mentioned.

 

Roy

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On our cruise in April Steve Stephens did Liar's Club and had us all in stitches as did DJ Viviano. Love John Joseph and Mark Merchant. 

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We enjoy all the comedians mentioned previously. Mark Merchant and Dale Gonyea are two of our favorites. 

 

I can understand how someone would question why a magician is included on a luxury line. The setting is the difference in my mind. 

 

Instead of performing on on a stage in front of a large audience, Crystal schedules intimate,  up close performances with each audience limited to 20 people. It’s an unusual opportunity, and we’ve seen a number of excellent magicians during the past several years. It’s unique, and I can’t imagine a similar performance on a mass market line. 

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3 hours ago, Roland4 said:

 

Not really sure why you would say this. As other posters have noted, Crystal has some great comedians. In my opinion, one of their "edgiest" is Mark Merchant, who is a ventriloquist.

Maybe  we have  different  like & dislikes  

just like food it is subjective 

Personal choice

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3 minutes ago, LHT28 said:

Maybe  we have  different  like & dislikes  

just like food it is subjective 

Personal choice

 

So, what, exactly, are you expecting from Crystal??? Seems to me you are setting yourself up for failure.

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2 minutes ago, Roland4 said:

 

So, what, exactly, are you expecting from Crystal??? Seems to me you are setting yourself up for failure.

Yes  I guess it will probably be a failure  but too late to cancel

I am sure it will be fine  for  a quick getaway 😎

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12 minutes ago, LHT28 said:

Yes  I guess it will probably be a failure  but too late to cancel

I am sure it will be fine  for  a quick getaway 😎

 

Trust me, it will be light years better than the old Sovereign Class ship picture in your profile picture!!

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1 hour ago, AtA said:

On our cruise in April Steve Stephens did Liar's Club and had us all in stitches as did DJ Viviano. Love John Joseph and Mark Merchant. 

 

Yes Steve Stevens is very funny! Looks like we were on the same cruise in April!

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22 minutes ago, LHT28 said:

Yes  I guess it will probably be a failure  but too late to cancel

I am sure it will be fine  for  a quick getaway 😎

 

Oh my that is sad.

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13 minutes ago, Roland4 said:

 

Trust me, it will be light years better than the old Sovereign Class ship picture in your profile picture!!

Not sure  what a Sovereign class ship is

The one in my photo is  an R ship   part of the Oceania fleet ...light years  well  time will tell 😁

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9 minutes ago, suzeluvscruz said:

 

Oh my that is sad.

maybe for you

We will have a good trip  😉

 

Not everyone has to agree on the same things or like the same things

How boring that would be 😅

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23 minutes ago, suzeluvscruz said:

 

Yes Steve Stevens is very funny! Looks like we were on the same cruise in April!

And Gil and I played trivia with you every sea day. 😉

Looking forward to seeing you again in November!

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I am not sure why a Magician performing to 20 people is not luxury?  

 

Is a hot dog luxury?  French fries luxury?  Yes, lots of people have lunch at the Trident Grill.

 

To me it's all part of a package of activities and meals one can choose from and it is the way the performance is done.  Small group...Very intimate....Very close-up......Yes, that makes the experience special.

 

Many of the Magicians we have seen in this setting have been amazing.  Now I didn't say all  but many.  A few years ago one performed card tricks.  Yes, I know many do.  This guy in addition to being a Magician is hired by some of the largest Las Vegas Casinos to work with dealers to show them how a player could cheat at some of the game tables involving cards such as Poker. It was enlightening and how he did what he did was amazing.  

 

They come to Crystal via Magic Castle so they are highly regarded.  

 

Like most things I am a believer to give something new a chance and then each person can decide for themselves.

 

What I can say is what adds to the overall experience is the intimacy of the performance.  Yes, it is entertainment and a performance.  What added to the experience is seeing the  Magician perform in an intimate setting very close up.  Maybe it wouldn't be so special if you were sitting in a room with 500 people but to sit so close up (in some cases inches from the magician) and still not know who they do what they do is very interesting and special.  


Again it is what you make of it.  Is trivia luxury?  Ummm...  They offer it on many cruise lines of all brands.  Bingo?  Ummmm.  

 

Choice is good and I guess what is what makes cruising for us very special.  I am reminded that the OP didn't care for this but her husband did.  That makes perfect sense as just about everything offered some like and some might not care for which is why Crystal tries to offer a wide range of things to do on sea days during the day and for entertainment in the evening.  To me that is part of what makes the product unique.  

 

And if you want some will have the opportunity to participate as I did with my daughter in law.

 

 

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Choice is good.  Hopefully something for everyone whether that is a hot dog and french fries, or even a Magician.

 

Keith

 

 

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9 hours ago, AtA said:

And Gil and I played trivia with you every sea day. 😉

Looking forward to seeing you again in November!

 

Hahahaha! Hi A.

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A thought for those who are disinclined to attend the Magic Castle show or claim to not like magic.  As a lifelong devotee of magic (a student, not a performer), I can unequivocally state that very few people have ever seen a really good magician, especially ones who do close-up performances.  I am not referring to the Las Vegas style illusionists, like David Copperfield or Sigfried and Roy, who get the vast majority of the attention and press.  I mean intimate performers who make their living primarily at private parties, corporate events, trade shows, and, yes, cruise ships.  These folks are masters of an ancient art form that requires a number of skills over and above dexterity.  Most have honed their craft over many years, and those affiliated with the Castle are masters.  Above all, they are entertainers first, who use magic as the vehicle for that entertainment.  Pleaee, even if you're sceptical, and especially if you think you don't like magic, give it a try.  I predict you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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6 hours ago, Keith1010 said:

 am not sure why a Magician performing to 20 people is not luxury?  

 

Is a hot dog luxury?  French fries luxury?  Yes, lots of people have lunch at the Trident Grill.

 

 

If you read my post   I said it was not  what I expected on a Luxury line

Luxury is different things to different people

 

Much ado about nothing  

IMO

People are entitled to their opinions   I hope 🙄

 

 

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11 hours ago, LHT28 said:

Not sure  what a Sovereign class ship is

The one in my photo is  an R ship   part of the Oceania fleet ...light years  well  time will tell 😁

 

I can't blow it up enough to see what it is, but it looked like an old Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas Class ship. With a magnifying glass I can see it isn't, but I would not have identified it as an R-hull.

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M

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1 hour ago, LHT28 said:

If you read my post

 

Yes. I  did read your post.  

 

Everyone is is entitled to their opinion but like most things we can each share our thoughts which may differ with another opinion. 

 

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51 minutes ago, Roland4 said:

 

I can't blow it up enough to see what it is, but it looked like an old Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas Class ship. With a magnifying glass I can see it isn't, but I would not have identified it as an R-hull.

the  avatars here are small

image.thumb.png.1213e954bab6e6c2bfadb7a20b734bbd.png not sure this would help either  but if you wanted to check my profile you would see I have never sailed on RCL

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52 minutes ago, Keith1010 said:

M

 

Yes. I  did read your post.  

 

Everyone is is entitled to their opinion but like most things we can each share our thoughts which may differ with another opinion. 

 

I agree

I posted my opinion & several do not agree with it

that is their choice

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