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Friday, November 9, 2012

We've Been Kruisin' With KISS!!!


We arrived in Miami on sunday october 28th at 8 PM, 1 day earlier as scheduled. We're so lucky that we could re-booked or flight otherwise we wouldn't have make it, because of the hurricane Sandy.
We checked in to the Holliday Inn, get a snack, spoke to some fans and than relaxed in our room. Early morning we went to the Bayside, find a store who sold Hello KISS Kitty stuff and bought some of it. Later that day we checked out the Port Of Miami.
After dinner we went to the pre-party in our hotel. We meet many friends there and we had a great evening.
On tuesday we went to Miami Beach, a nice place to relax for us with in mind what all was coming up for us. Later that evening we went to the pre-party at the Hard Rock Cafe, only if you were on the guestlist you could come in. The cafe was packed with 600 KISS fans, 2 tribute bands and we had another great night.
On wednesday it was finally time were we came for, the start of the KISS Kruise II. We arrived at the dock around 12 PM and after we checked in, went to our room (very nice) and check the whole place out. The boat is so big, unbelieveble. At 5 PM we had our savety check and right than we run over the stairs to the pooldeck were the KISS Unplugged Show was. We got our spot on the balcony so that we had a good view to the stage, we could see everything.
After a shotglass of Cabo it was time for KISS to hit the stage! It was great to see them unmasked and hear all the great songs, some of them they hadn't played for years like, Only You, A Million To One or Everytime I look At You! The band was in great spirit and they had a lot of fun. They played for 90 minutes or so and we loved every minute of it! This was the setlist:
Hard Luck Woman, Christine Sixteen, Got To Choose, Goin' Blind, Love Her All I Can, Nothin' To Lose, Take Me, Anyway You Want It, A Million To One (Partial) A World Without Heroes, Only You, Comin' Home, Everytime I Look At You, Strutter, Sure Know Something, C'Mon And Love Me, Rock Bottom, Beth, Shandi, She, Do You Love Me, Mr Speed & Shout It Out Loud

After the show it was time to get some food, we watch some of Skid Row and then we headed over to see the Halloween costume contest, hosted by Tommy Thayer. We had another great spot and could see everything. Tommy came on stage, put on his glasses and the contest began, suddenly Eric Singer came also to the stage and watch the contest. After a while Paul Stanley was there too! Was great to see them and they had a lot of fun during the contest.
After the contest was over every member walked by us and we could shake hands with them! Marina was so overwelmed that she finally was so close to Paul...

The next day we did our Wedding Vows Renewal, hosted by Steve from the KISS Wedding Chappel in Las Vegas. He did the whole ceromonie in KISS-style, that was so cool. We thought it was better than our original wedding, except that our daughter wasn't there, lol! After the ceremonie we got our documents, of course in KISS Kruise II style!
Later that day we have our indoor KISS Show and we thought wouldn't it be nice to go in make-up? So we did, before the show a facepainter maked us up as Gene & Paul!
At 8 PM it was time for our show, we headed over to the Stardust Theather, we had great seats and could see everything. Around 9 PM the fun started and KISS took over the place, they started with Psycho Circus and it was amazing to see the band in that kind of theather, so close, that we catch a lot of guitarpics! Again the band was in great shape and had fun to perform there. We had the idea that they didn't want to stop playing! They came back for 2 encores!
They played 5 songs of the new album Monster! That was so cool to hear these for the first time live!
There weren't any pyro's, bombs, blood spitting at all, only confetti during Rock And Roll All Night, But that didn't matter, we loved the show! This was the setlist: Psycho Circus, Shout It Out Loud, Hell Or Hallelujah, Wall Of Sound, Hotter Than Hell, All For The Love Of Rock & Roll, I Love It Loud, Out Of This World, War Machine, Long Way Down, Detroit Rock City, Calling Dr. Love, Love Gun, Black Diamond, Lick It Up, Christine Sixteen, Rock And Roll All Night, Cold Gin, Got To Choose, Nothin' To Lose & Deuce.
Enjoy watching our video of 4 songs during the KISS Kruise II...


On friday we had a stop in Cosumo, Mexico. We walked around, did some sightseeing and went back to the Norwegian Pearl. I tried my luck on the Gene Guitar Throwing Pick Contest, but sadly no points for me.
When we took the elevator, suddenly it went to floor 14 (the floor KISS was staying) and when the doors went open, Shannon Tweed stepped into the elevator! We said hello and shaked hands. Also later that day we saw Doc McGee and took some photo's with him.
Also you had the oppertunity to check out the Monster Book, so we did and it was cool to see this book and yes, it was heavy, lol.
Today it also was our Meet & Greet with the band! Around 7 PM it was time for us and as you all can see our photo turned out amazing! We loved to see the band again and they joked a lot during the photo session! We had a great time!
Later that night we watch the second indoor show on a big screen together with a lot of fans, the place was packed.

On our last day on the KISS Kruise II there where a lot of events going on. First we went to Doc McGee's Q&A and that was so cool. He answered a lot of questions and most great news is that there'll be a European Monster tour in june 2013, there'll be a Kruise III (maybe with Bruce Kulick) a special re-release of the KISS catalog and after his Q&A it was time for the Gene Simmons Guitar Throwing Pick Contest. The Gene & Paul events where on the same time so we choosed for the Gene one. But Mr. Simmons was running a bit late and after a little while he came on stage and did his thing. Gene knows how to throw guitarpics, but all his experience didn't help him, he lost.
When we hit the elevator we saw Shannon & Erin heading over to the gym.
At 5 PM it was time for the KISS Q&A, sitting over a balcony the band asnwered all kind of questions, joked a lot and said that they had a amazing time on this second Kruise. Said that they had signed the contract today for a third Kruise. They hoped that we all came back for that next year. We probely will...
After dinner it was time for the last event on the KISS Kruise II...the Eric Singer Blackjack Night. Before it all started Eric did some signing for fans and we had the luck to got out laminates signed and get a photo with him!

We hanged around after that and got something to eat. When we came into the restaurant we saw a big KISS-logo made from ice, so cool!
Than we headed over to the KISS Lounge, there was a private party and we ran to some members of Skid Row & Adler and took some photo's with them. Around 3 AM it was time for us to take a nap.

On Sunday the boat docked at 6 AM, we packed everything and get some breakfast. After that we said goodbye to a lot of great people who we've meet during this Kruise. We had such a amazing great time while we were on the boat, people came to us all the time, asked are you Rockhead, they even want photo's with us, lol. It all was if we where one big family, a KISS-family and we felt like home! We are one!
So, it was time to leave the Norwegian Pearl, took a cab to our hotel (Holliday Inn again) and went to Bayside and get some coffee at Starbucks (if you don't know why there, think twice, lol) went to the FYE store and my lovely wife find some KISS items for our collection! Later we checked out Wallmart and did some shopping there, lol. After dinner we relaxed in our room.

On monday november 5th it was time for us to leave Miami and go back to The Netherlands. We had a amazing time on the KISS Kruise II All the things we heard from last year was true, this is a special, one of a kind happening! 5 days with KISS and 2000 fans on a boat, a unplugged & indoor show, Meet & Greet with the band, Q&A's, all the special events with each band member and so on and on...
We had a blast and we're so glad that we could be a part of this experience, we'll never forget this!

Enjoy a selection of our many photo's from the KISS Kruise II...


*(c) 2012. All personal photo's/slideshows/filmed footage may only be used by others if is reference/linked to this site or me and ask me first!

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wij ook, afgelopen jaar niet geweest, maar na al die leuke berichten wel een beetje spijt van gekregen....
vrgr, Welmer

Anonymous said...

De Kruise site is vanaf vandaag ook live.. Met deze keer een foto per cabin, in plaats van 'in kleine groepjes'. Dat is een leuke verbetering! vrgr, Welmer

Rockhead said...

Ben je van plan om te gaan Welmer?

Anonymous said...

Yes, Als het goed is kan ik vanaf volgende week gaan boeken. Ik verwacht een dezer dagen wel een mail daarover. vgr, Welmer

Anonymous said...

Ha Carol, de mail is binnen, ik ga komende woensdag boeken!
vrgr
Welmer

Rockhead said...

Wij ook!
Met hoeveel ga je en welke cabin heb je op het oog?

Anonymous said...

Leuk! Wij gaan met z'n tweeën en omdat we er omheen nog een leuke vakantie van gaan maken (ook naar NY en verder weet ik nog niet; wellicht naar Key West), heb ik mijn oog op een minisuite laten vallen. vrgr, Welmer

marina said...

Dat word het zeker!Ik kijk er naar uit samen met jou daar heen te gaan!

Welmer said...

Wij zijn er ook bij, heeel veel zin in. See you on board! vrgr Welmer

Ruud said...

Gaaf, wens jullie veel plezier!

Sandra said...

Ik ben best wel jaloers op jullie, wat zou ik er voor willen geven om mee te kunnen gaan!!!!!!!!!!

Rockhead said...

@ Welmer; See you there...

Mark said...

Te gek voor jullie, maak er een feest van daar in Miami!

Anonymous said...

Ik ben er ook aan het denken om te gaan met een vriend van mij, maar was net op de site van de cruise en zag dat de goedkopere kamers allemaal weg waren, wordt zo wel een beetje duur!
Ik hoop dat er nog goedkopere kamers vrij komen.

Anonymous said...

Ik heb niet meer geboekt, zijn alleen nog kamers over van $1000 en dat wordt voor ons toch een beetje duur, of we moeten met z'n vieren kunnen gaan.

Cory said...

We'll be there too!!!!!!!!!

Rudi said...

Ich dürfte mich gerade einloggen und buchen, leider sind die "billigen" Plätze schon alle weg. Die günstigste Kabine beginnt bei 1100,- $ + 200,- $ Steuern. Das ist dann leider des Guten zu viel, ich muss passen.

American Dreams said...

Yesss, We'll Be Kruisin' too! Vandaag konden we boeken. Het gaat wel snel aan de concert plaatsen te zien, maar wij zijn erbij! Nog maar 10 maanden....

Rockhead said...

@ American Dreams; See you at the Kruise...

Mark said...

Ik had niet gedacht dat het zo snel zou gaan, had er graag bij willen zijn.

Karl said...

I'm booked up.
Looks like there is a lot of demand so far, quite a few of the rooms have sold out already.

Gayle said...

I'm a bit worried about getting a cabin now! Al cheap cabins are sold out!!!

Anonymous said...

Ik lees net dat KISS dit jaar 1 optreden doet in Engeland op 6 juli.. Ik hoop toch echt dat ze ook het vaste land aandoen..

Adrie said...

Ik ben zooooooooooo jaloers op jullie, ik wou dat ik erbij kon zijn, ga nu toch zeer sterk erover na denken om Kiss toch dan maar in de UK te gaan zien!

Rockhead said...

Fans of the rock band Kiss are getting another chance this year to set sail with the group.

Music cruise organizer Sixthman has announced plans for a second all-Kiss-all-the-time extravaganza at sea to take place this fall on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl.

The four-night Kiss Kruise II will kick off on Oct. 31 in Miami and include a call at Norwegian's private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay. It comes just a year after the first Kruise, which took place last October.

As part of the new voyage, organizers say fans will have a chance to take part in onboard activities led by each member of the band and take a photo with the band and their cabin mates. The band also will take part in a Q&A, costume contests, theme nights and a Halloween party, in addition to performing a live concert in the ship's main theater and an acoustic show on its pool deck.

Bob said...

Very cool!

Ruud said...

Ik had het gelezen in de krant, best wel gaaf!

Welmer said...

Yeah, cool! we received ours today as well! Everything is getting so close now....

WobbieWob said...

Mr and Mrs Rochead, veel plezier op jullie KISS Cruise.
Geniet er optimaal van want het is
misschien Once In A Lifetime.

WobbieWob

americandreamsonline said...

Het was echt waanzinnig hè....Wij hielden een live verslagje bij tijdens de KISSKRUISE II, die je hier: http://wp.me/1xrhm

Ron said...

Gaaf verslag, mooie foto's, had er graag bij willen zijn.

Vicky said...

Great report and I love your photo's. I think you both had a awesome time there, I'm jealous.

Patrick said...

Zo te zien hebben jullie het naar je zin gehad daar op de boot, na dit allemaal gelezen te hebben voel ik er veel voor om volgend jaar te gaan. Wat kost nou zo'n hele trip?

Nils said...

Cool report about the Kruise! It was an incredible experience!

Anonymous said...

Heb jullie verslag gelezen op de website.Jullie moeten wel de mooiste tijd van jullie leven hebben gehad.En die mooie momenten zullen nooit meer vergeten for the rest of your live.Wanneer is het KISS bruiloftfeest?

Anonymous said...

It was a real pleasure to meet you both, several times! See you on KKIII? :) Stuart & Jackie England Kiss Army

Stuart said...

Great stuff Carol! I hope we see you on KKIII?

Rockhead said...

It was great to meet you both also Stuart & Jackie, maybe we do KKIII...

Ron said...

Great review guys, loved to see all those cool pics and to read all about your adventures!

Astrid said...

Mooi verslagje en gave foto's!

John said...

Great story about the kruise Rockhead, I hope to be on board next year!!!!!!!!!!

Edward said...

Wat een gave foto met de band!

Robert said...

Dit is allemaal zo gaaf om te lezen, dit is toch een spektakel! Laten we hopen dat kiss ooit zoiets in Europa zal doen. Ik zal dan graag meedoen, Amerika blijft toch voor mij te duur. Maar nogmaals, gaaf voor jullie!

Donny said...

Great review and cool pics, love this trip, next year I'm there too!

Andrew said...

So what's better? A KISS kruise or a meet and greet?

John said...

Great videos Rockheadm thanks for sharing them with us!

Ruud said...

Gaaf die video's van de nummers van Monster, lijkt mij te gek om die zo voor de eerste keer live te horen.

Anonymous said...

Te gek die video's van de kruise, ik heb er van genoten!

Roel said...

Ik heb mij aangemeld voor de presale van de kruise, na jullie verhaal gelezen te hebben wil ik dit ook mee maken.

Wendy said...

Gaaf verhaal!