Once….Upon A Carnival Cruise

Back in 1984 Fearsome was just but a porn star mustache, thick and brown over my young twenty something lip. My Lover at the time and I took a little trip to Key West. We stayed in a guest house called Alexander’s. At the time Alexander’s had only 8 guest rooms and was owned by friends named Walt & Del.

Walt had a friend coming into town who was starting a new all gay cruise line called RSVP. His name was Kevin Moser from  Minneapolis. He had just chartered and sailed his first cruise, it had been a success. He knew that he needed to market well for he was turning all the cash around to charter more cruise liners to get this off the ground as a company. He had a market, and his market had disposable cash.

Walt approached me and asked if I would be willing to model for Kevin. He apparently needed a blonde to add to the photo shoot to help balance out the all hunky brunettes he was bringing with him. I had never been a model, haven’t since. Only thing was this was no longer the late 70s, pornstar Fearsome had to go.

Fearsome went down a Key West drain and the photo shoot took place. I ended up not only in the printed brochure for several years to come but in ads in local gay rags, national gay magazines and was even spotted on posters promoting the newly successful RSVP Vacations gay cruise line.  Yet I had never actually been on a cruise. Yes my dear pretty, advertising is just that…staged.

Many years later I went on my first RSVP cruise in 1994. I was hooked and have been on many more since that cruise, more than 20 and still counting. I had a memory pop into my head this morning and it wasn’t from that first one, but one about 1997. That memory sent me on a you tube search to find a certain Propellerheads and Miss Shirley Bassey tune.

A good friend of mine, Brian, and myself were closing down the outdoor dance floor about 3, ok maybe 4, in the morning. Outdoor dance floors on cruise ships are incredible at sea under the stars. DJ Robbie Leslie of studio 54 fame was spinning the tunes as Brian and I danced big. Dancing big is using the whole dance floor as the crowd thins out at the wee hours. Let’s just say that there may have been some dancing enhancement medication involved.  Suddenly our hypnotizing gyrations stopped as Robbie popped in a new tune….

…the hips quickly started gyrating again and my hips still gyrate to this tune to this day.

The lyrics lend themselves to this upcoming election season. I actually find them quite humorous in this context. Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Once….Upon A Carnival Cruise

  1. So … are you guys going on the next RSVP Cruise in February? HAL Nieuw Amsterdam … St. Barth’s … Lauderdale … they’re all calling you (and Fearsome, too).

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