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Old April 8th, 2005, 07:14 PM
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My DH hates this part of the crew show because it's so corny! I LOVE it for the same reason. I'd like to know the history of this skit. It seems like it may have come from vaudville. We've seen it on all of our cruises. Does anyone know how long this has been performed and who began it? Any CD's (or anyone else) out there with an answer?
Do you LOVE it or hate it?

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Old April 8th, 2005, 07:51 PM
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I've only seen it a few times, but I do love it. Have no idea the history behind it though. May-be someone else has that information.

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Old April 8th, 2005, 07:56 PM
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The best version of this was when Gordon Whatman on Vision of the Seas came out in a TUTU, everyone roared with laughter and his statement was"Don't laugh my family think I'm in the Navy"
Too funny!
This song has always been one of my favourite parts of the entertainment
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Old April 8th, 2005, 08:00 PM
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Gordon is hilarious!
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Old April 8th, 2005, 08:23 PM
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I first saw it while cruising on the Daphne (Costa) on Alaskan cruise in 1988.

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I agree it is definitely corny but I never miss it on all my cruises! I love looking around the audience and watching everyone's reaction!
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Old April 8th, 2005, 09:22 PM
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I've been on 11 cruises and still have not seen this. I know it's been done, but just haven't been there when it was on stage. Guess I will have to try harder!



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Sorry to say, I don't know what you're talking about! I guess I'll have to go on MORE cruises! <VBG>

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I saw it for the first time on the Norway in 1989. While some of the other parts have changed over the years, every CD I've seen in the skits wore a tutu (and told the same joke!).

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Old April 8th, 2005, 10:11 PM
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I first saw it on the Royal Princess in 1986, when Peter assistant CD to Gus came out in the tutu and it was hilarious!

I think its been done so many times that it is rather corny but still funny! I think we thought that we were seeing something original on the Royal Princess in May 1986 but maybe someone else remembers prior to 1986???

The funny part about Gus was he claimed our 14 day canal positioning was his last cruise, everyone was wishing him well, hoping Peter would get to be a CD, it was one big party.

Six months later I see him in the Captain's Circle mag going through the same spiel that he's retiring etc.!!! I think he retired every cruise for all the well wishers!!! :-)

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I know I've seen it on Princess, they are big with this show.

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I was the stage manager on the Norway in 1993, I saw it every week for 4 months. Can't say I remember a single line, though. That's pretty bad.

"If I were not upon the ship an _________ I would be..... " is the premise. I wonder what the origin is, also.

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Old April 9th, 2005, 04:21 PM
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Something tells me it was on NCL prior to my Princess cruise in 1986. I think we were so overwhelmed and impressed with Princess that we gave them the credit!

I should remember, I was on the Norway in 83, 84 and 85! :-) I should dig in my older cruise stuff but boy I hate to open that cabinet! Early 80's, NCL was way ahead of the other cruise lines in terms of entertainment so they may have started it.

Someone here may still give a clue as to where it came from, who started it!

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Old April 12th, 2005, 11:37 PM
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I "love" this skit!

1st saw it 10 yrs ago,, probably the 'regular' skit,, CD was in a tutu.

then last year, the golden princess had a diffrent version ( well several of them).. one was a monica lewinsky w/cigar.. & the CD had on some 'outfit' that had a cow udder attached.

only 2 times I saw it out of 12 cruises +pout+
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