'Love' cruise readies to set sail

Observer senior reporter

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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IT'S all systems go for this year's voyage of the Love and Harmony Cruise — the floating reggae and soca music experience — which sets sail this Saturday, with the organisers reporting 98 per cent occupancy.

The event, now in its second year, will take lovers of Caribbean music and culture on a five-night musical voyage, which commences in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, continues to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and on its return to the United States makes a stop in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. The trip ends on Thursday, March 29.

Popular New York Radio personality Steven “DJ Jabba” Beckford, who is part of the organising team, noted that all is in place and the coming days are being used to fine-tune everything.

“People can expect non-stop partying and entertainment — concerts, signature events and activities like Work Out classes in the morning, domino tournaments, and brand new to Love and Harmony is the Captain's Ball. On that night, there will be no concert; straight elegance dinner and party,” he told Jamaica Observer.

“We have a lot of cruisers who returned from last year and they invited many of their friends and families as well,” Beckford concluded.

A full slate of activities is being planned for cruisers, including four concerts, one comedy show, 10 parties — the welcome party, pyjama party, shades and shorts pool party, the '80s ad '90s party, all-white party, 100 per cent soca party, and the flag party. The formal Captain's Ball will also form part of the entertainment package.

Among the entertainer booked to provide entertainment are Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Mr Vegas, Chaka Demus and Pliers, LUST, Kevin Lyttle, Rupee, Patrice Roberts Music, Kerwin Du Bois, and the comedy duo Ity and Fancy Cat.

Beckford also announced that merchandise for incarcerated deejay Buju Banton will be available.

“People will be able to purchase Buju Banton merchandise, Beres Hammond merchandise and Love and Harmony merchandise aboard the ship. “

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