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New Kids on the Block Cruise Questions

Written by: Paul Motter

News broke in major newspapers; People.com, USA Today, New York Post. The hot boy band, New Kids on the Block, will be performing a concert on a cruise ship.

What was odd was that the announcement came out with hardly any details, and what details there were turned out to be incorrect. Other parts of the announcement were just odd, as in the official statement, “Our manager tells us this is not a cheesy thing,” and “this is not a step back.

All of the original news stories did not name the ship or cruise line. They also said the ship would sail May 15th from Ft Lauderdale to Nassau on a 3-day cruise. Well, there are no regular cruise ships sailing three day cruises out of Ft Lauderdale, except the Regal Empress, which despite the “Yes We Can Cruise” plans (can I get an update on that please?) is actually a pretty cheesy ship.

Not a cheesy thing? Not a step back? This is what their manager told them about during a concert on a cruise ship. No reason why it should be, it isn’t the venue that makes a concert cheesy, it is the audience you draw. Still, such is the stigma of cruise ship entertainment that they felt the qualifier was necessary. Hey – they aren’t playing to the regular cruisers, this is a ship charter. Anyway…

There are also other news reports currently about the NKOTB former manager, Robert Perlman of Orlando, Florida, who was a shyster running a ponzi scheme that only Madoff could scoff at. Perlman bilked investors out of 150 million dollars by selling them shares in the boy bands, a non-existent airline and a retirement plan whose statements literally were not worth the paper they were printed on.

So, now the New Kids have New Management, and they are promoting a concert on a cruise ship. For the record, the actual ship scheduled is Carnival Imagination sailing out of Miami. Close enough? I suppose.

But, the questions remain – this is a band that once filled stadiums, and they don’t even rate a bigger and newer ship? Even the Beatles tribute band, Beatlemania Live (not the original Broadway cast, but still a very good band) rates Mariner of the Seas, a ship twice the size of Carnival Imagination, and built in the 21st century as opposed to the 1980s.

Anyway, a check of prices on the NKOTB cruise page shows every single category is sold out, except one – the 6E oceanview Deck 7. The price? $1449 for two people. Pricy for a 3-day cruise, but not for spending three days with the object of millions of teenage girls’ fantasies. A music cruise usually means surprisingly good access to the artists onboard. I’m going on the smooth jazz cruise next week myself, for about that much per person, but I get a week on the Westerdam and some 30 talented jazz artists.

I just have to wonder, new manager for NKOTB. Is it too late to switch to a bigger ship? You sold this out in three days. I also have to ask other musical acts, “Hey, do you get it?” Do you have any idea how much money you can make selling 3-day cruises for $725 oceanview per person.

Yes, you have to pay the band, but these boys used to work for $500/month when Perlman was in charge. They now have a new manager, so they get a bigger piece of the action. Next time, get a bigger ship.

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Comments

Comment from lisa
Time January 17, 2009 at 4:02 pm

and don’t forget the fact that they booked it with a company that was not prepared to handle massive calls/requested, and in the end lost fans reservations. yes, one was mine!

Comment from LOVED1
Time January 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

There are so many fans that will not be attending this cruise, but what does the “1st Annual NKOTB Cruise” actually mean on the confirmation emails we received? It was so overwhelming for the travel agency responsible for booking the cruise that the website crashed! How many other entertainers could sell a cruise out in 3 days on such a small ship with such high prices?

Comment from beentravelin
Time February 1, 2009 at 9:19 am

I think this a good trend in cruising. I’ve looked into several concert cruises and most sell out quickly. Imagine how fast a band like U2 or the Stones would sell out. I think they could sell out a ship as large as Oasis.

Comment from me
Time April 29, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Lou Perlman not Roger Perlman and he was never affiliated with NKOTB. I hope you do this job for free.

Comment from Jessica
Time July 31, 2009 at 8:24 am

THe price was $1449 PER PERSON for that room/deck. I went on the cruise and we paid $1099 PER PERSON for no view, double occupancy.

When I first looked at getting tickets, the lowest price was $799 per person, double occupancy and for no view. So, you have your info wrong. Yes, it was expensive, but to me it was WORTH IT!

Comment from jo ann king
Time July 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm

How do you sign up for 2010 cruise with the person you want to room with?

Comment from Sarah
Time December 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I think the point of having it on a ship this size is so that it can be more of an intimate setting. Granted, I wish the ship was newer as well. But not bigger.

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