Faithful readers of this blog will recall that Kevin and Tim went on an RSVP Vacations cruise to the Mexican Riviera last Halloween. You can re-read our accounts of our experiences in parts one, two, and three.
On that cruise, our friends Jeremy and Alvin introduced us to some of their friends, Mark and Zach. Over the course of the cruise, Kevin became good friends with both of them and we continued to hang out a lot once when we returned to San Francisco. In the months that followed, we kept discussing wanting to do another cruise, and at the last minute (literally a week before it sailed) we booked a cabin on RSVP's Caribbean cruise, flying to Fort Lauderdale at midnight on Saturday, February 25th for a Sunday afternoon departure....
Day 1 - Sunday, February 25 (Bon Voyage from Fort Lauderdale)
In the airport in San Francisco, we saw adult star Benjamin Bradley and his boyfriend, Ethan Reynolds of Brat Boy Bulletin. They were flying through Chicago (we went through Dallas), but I knew they were going to be on the boat, too. We took a red eye because the cheaper daytime fares were already taken (plus it saved us hotel fare in Fort Lauderdale that first night). But Ethan and Ben flew out late from SF because they were at the GayVN Awards earlier at the Castro Theatre.
After exploring the ship a bit, we returned to the cabin to change (our bags finally arrived) before heading up to the bon voyage party. It started to sprinkle a bit, but Mark and I ventured to the top deck anyway and danced in the rain (Zach stayed below). What started as a few warm drops suddenly got heavy and cold, to the point where I was gasping for breath as if I had fallen into an icy river. We rushed back to our cabin to change before returning to find Zach.
Later that evening, we made a new friend: Brian. I went up to watch the Oscars in one of the lounges, but the red-eye and jet lag was finally catching up to me, so I returned to our cabin to watch the end of the Oscars and fall asleep...
Day 2 - Monday, February 26th (at sea)
Monday was our first full day, and it was an at-sea day (which I tend to like the best).
The night before, Mark and Kevin ran into Steven, a friend of Zach's from when they were camp counselors together fresh out of high school. Steven was an influential figure in Zach's coming out process, so for Zach it was both weird and exciting to see him. Steven was also a last-minute addition to the cruise, being RSVP's brand new Director of Marketing. (His official first day was the Monday after the cruise.) Steven used to work for Olivia, but this was his first cruise with mostly boys.
In the early afternoon, they held the 2(x)ist Underwear Fashion Show. I took pictures from above, which all look so tiny in thumbnails, but perhaps later I will crop some for a better shot.
There was a tea dance, too, like every day, but if it had a theme I'm sure I cannot recall what it was. But then at night we had one of the most fun parties: the Red Party. Because apparently red is the new white. Mark and Zach had thematically matching outfits: Mark as an angelic cupid and Zach as a red devil. Adorable. Me, I just had on a new red blouse which, because it was transparent, I put over a red t-shirt. But I did get a chance to finally meet Ben Bradley (who, for the record, was the second of my three porn star crushes) and Ethan Reynolds.
Jet lag finally caught up to Mark, though, so after the Red Party he put his head down for a quick nap and ended up sleeping on til morning. Zach and I meandered over to Skywalkers, the after hours club that doesn't even open til 2:00 am.