This March, the fourth annual Beatles cruise will once again set sail from Ft. Lauderdale headed toward the Bahamas, aboard the world’s largest cruise ship. And we have a few ideas for the cruise’s organizers.
Unlike the plethora of music cruises that have popped up in recent years, the Cruise For Beatles Fans is an unofficial celebration of all things Fab Four. Those who will appear on the cruise include Ringo Starr producer Mark Hudson, Badfinger’s Joey Molland (Badfinger was among the first band signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records), Merseybeat singer Billy J. Kramer, Beatles tribute band Revolution, and emcee Joe Johnson, the host of nationally syndicated radio show Beatle Brunch.
Here are five things we’d like to see on this year’s Cruise For Beatles Fans.
1. Paul McCartney and/or Ringo Starr Judging Beatles Karaoke
We’re not holding our breath on either making appearances, as this cruise is unofficial in every sense of the word. But if they were to show up, we’d not only want them to perform, we’d want them to judge the amateur Beatles karaoke that’s set to go down.
2. People Who Actually Worked with The Beatles
No offense to the artists who will be performing on the cruise, but we’d like to see more notable Beatles collaborators/producers on the cruise. Imagine Q&As or a panel including renowned Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott, both of whom give talks and have published memoirs about their lives in music. We’re not asking for the “fifth Beatle” George Martin, but how about his son Giles Martin, who co-produced the Beatles Love compilation?
3. A Feast Serving Food Mentioned in Beatles’ Lyrics
The lyrics of White Album track “Savoy Truffle” could single-handedly inspire a menu of sweets including “a ginger sling with a pineapple heart,” “cool cherry cream and nice apple tart,” and “coconut fudge.” But how about a “Glass Onion” tart, “Strawberry Fields Forever” salad or “Octupus’s Garden” ceviche? “Honey Pie” of some sort is a must, as are pigs in a blanket for “Piggies” and a mustard-heavy dish in honor of “Mean Mr. Mustard.”
4. The Toughest Beatles Trivia Ever
If people are shelling out thousands for Beatle-themed vacations, it’s fair to assume they’re seriously fanatical about the Fab Four. Let’s see who really is the best of the best in terms of Beatles trivia. The toughest, most obscure questions only, and the prize better be good.
5. A Yoko Ono Dunk Tank
For the Beatlemaniacs who still believe a certain someone is responsible for the Fab Four’s demise.
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local