It was supposed to be the perfect cruise: Live music put on every night by the likes of the Spin Doctors and Vertical Horizon and Cracker. Gin Blossoms playing "Surprise Jam Sessions" near the omelette stand. Q&A's with Marcy Playground. Wakeup calls every morning via the sweet chords of "Every Morning." Poolside water gun fights with the lead singer of Collective Soul. Smash Mouth.
Mark McGrath, star of the cruise, lead singer of Sugar Ray, and creator of "14:59," the 90s alternative movement's "Sgt. Pepper's," described it this way: "Is there anything more fun than getting drunk and singing karaoke with your friends? How about getting drunk and singing karaoke with the bands you love? It's the utopian idea of what I think a fan would like to see."
And now it's done. Not happening. You'll never get to play shuffleboard on the Caribbean while "Two Princes" plays—and not a fake poseur's "Two Princes," but the real-life Spin Doctors "Two Princes." This is what the Mark McGrath and Friends Cruise website looks like today.
Why? Some have blamed the ticket sales for the $649 Carnival cruise. Not enough college freshmen signed up to drink mimosas with the leader singer of "The Freshman." But as for McGrath's explanation? He's blaming Carnival and the Poop Cruise.
“That recent cruise fiasco really took us down,” McGrath tweeted, later expanding, “That poop cruise did us no favors.”
As the AV Club points out, it's unclear how the events of Februrary's poop cruise affect a different, privately booked cruise set to depart in October. But let's not quibble over why this happened. Let's just focus on what this could have been: The best cruise I've ever had.
[H/T: AV Club]