Audiosyncracy at Sea a BIG Success!

My cruise with Audiosyncracy and pianist Joseph Akins last month was a BIG success!  This was the first time for me to be in the Caribbean.  It was awesome!

Prior to the cruise, I did spend a couple days at a friends condo there on Miami Beach.  Even though I had spent time in my earlier years performing in Florida, it was my first time in Miami.  I really enjoyed my morning walks up and down the board walk.  It was a great way to relax and unwind before I started my day.

On Saturday the 9th, it was time to board the MSC Seaside, pictured here above at St. Maarten’s.  And this was a massive ship with over 1,300 working on it and with 2,067 cabins for their passengers.   The ship is based out of Italy with its home port being in Miami.  It offers year round cruises to the Caribbean.

From Saturday evening until early Tuesday morning was spent cruising.  It was nice waking up early in the mornings and to be sitting out on my balcony reading a book and or just relaxing to some soft music.

Sunday, Monday, and Thursday afternoons we had performances.  Joseph performed by himself on both Sunday and Thursday for a couple of hours.  On Monday afternoon, however, myself, Gina Lenee’, Michele McLaughlin, and Joseph pictured here below all performed.  It was a lot of fun!  I think what made it unique was having four different pianists with four different styles and experiences to bring to the stage.

This was the first time that Audiosyncracy had 4 solo pianists at once on one of their cruises and the first time having four performers to perform at one show.  Jamey Osbourne, who is the founder of Audiosyncracy couldn’t have been happier.  He was excited and just loved how everything turned out!

We first landed at St. Maarten’s on Tuesday.  This was a beautiful island.  However, there’s still a lot of destruction left over by Hurricane Irma from last fall.  In touring the island, there were boats washed up on the shore and repairs being made to both homes and businesses.

One of the highlights on the island was checking out Maho Beach.  This is where you have 747’s flying in over the beach and landing right there at the airport.  You can see how close they fly in with the picture that I took here below.

Wednesday, we docked at Puerto Rico.  This reminded me a lot of the French Quarter there in New Orleans.  The cobble stone streets, shops, etc.  For an excursion, I did check out Castillo San Cristobal, which is a famous fort there in the heart of downtown.  For lunch, many of us went to restaurant Barrachina.  This is where the very first Pina Colada was made!  Both the burger and the drink were delicious!

Thursday was spent traveling to the Bahamas.  At lunch time, a number of us went to the Teppanyaki restaurant on the ship.  This was an Asian cuisine.  It was awesome!

Friday was spent on shore there in the Bahamas.  About 1:30 p.m. or so is when we started to get some showers.  These lasted for about 30 minutes.  Other than that, it was beautiful.  I checked out a distillery that makes rum and also went to the Queen’s Staircase, which is pictured here below

The staircase is located in Fort Fincastle there in Nassau.  The 66 steps of this staircase was hewn out of solid limestone by slaves between 1793 and 1794.  Later the steps were named in honor of Queen Victoria.

The talk for the cruise next year is that it might be Cuba with a couple of days spent there in Havana.  I would love to do another cruise!  How about you?  For more pictures, do check out the Audiosyncracy at Sea Fan Page on Facebook and pictures on my Instagram account.  You’ll see a picture of a sunrise taken from my personal balcony, along with a picture of me and Jack Daniels!