Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cruisin' With BNL

On Saturday, my husband and I are heading to Miami to cruise with the Barenaked Ladies, and about 1,100 of their biggest fans. So, what does this mean?

First, a great time with limited sleep! BNL has leased the Carnival Victory, so the whole ship is filled with fans of BNL, Guster and Great Big Sea. They also invited about 15 other small, mostly unknown groups and comedians, to sail and perform. We did the cruise last year, and it is an amazing experience to hear lots of music from a band you love, and have occasional up-close-and-personal conversations with Ed, Steve, Kevin or Jim in the pizza line, elevator or at the coffee bar. It is just plain cool!

(You don't want to get me started on BNL, but on last year's cruise they posed for a picture with every single person as we were boarding the ship -- they posed for 5 hours straight -- and we didn't know they were doing it until we got to the front of the line to get on the ship! Now that is devotion to the fans.)

Second, it will be a little bit of a challenge to get in daily workouts and hold back on food intake! Last year was perfect, because the food on the Carnival Legend was pretty so-so. Other than the frozen yogurt machines, there was nothing tempting that I couldn't stay away from. And we had concerts we wanted to see every night during our assigned dining room hour, so we ended up at the buffet, selecting from the so-so choices. So-so food, along with daily trips to the gym, meant no weight gain.

Hopefully this year, the same thing will occur! My workouts, of course, will be longer than last year, because of the Disney Half Marathon training. Unfortunately, we have heard the Victory has decent food -- but I'm hoping it's just a rumor!

I'm going to try to blog from the ship! I apologize in advance for my gushing and raving about BNL and the experience! But I'm almost as crazy about them as I am about Disney!


caballerofan said...

Great Big Sea too? I love Great Big Sea. Discovered them back when Napster was the hot thing. I have them on my ipod. I like to jog to the Celtic Fiddle Fest, Mary Mac, and a number of others.

Sounds like a great time Deb. Have fun, fun, fun.

Typing this while up late on a conference call.(3:57am) Been awake 24 hrs. Yuck huh?

DebWDW said...

I've heard great things about Great Big Sea too, so I am looking forward to seeing them. I think I'll check them out in iTunes also.

Biblioadonis aka George said...

I love BNL (we almost named our band that back in 1991 or so) and Guster is a fav as well!

Maybe you can just dance a lot to burn those calories.

Rae! said...

sounds like a blast have fun!!!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a wonderful time. I remember you're telling me about last year's trip and I was thinking how much fun it sounded.

Have a great time!

Keep dreaming...

- Kate