Hey everyone! As many of you are well aware of, I did attend the first annual Soap Cruise on the Carnival Imagination. The four days went by in such a rush, I can't believe it is now over. It was such a great time, and the turnout was wonderful. About 280 people signed up for this, and not the 30,000 people who go to Super Soap Weekend made it a lot easier for fans to actually chat with the stars and get photos, autographs, you name it. Thursday was the meet and greet session. I arrived late on the ship, so I only got to spend maybe about an hour with the stars on the ship. I first met Julie.....and the shock didn't hit me that I was talking to her until her friend asked me, "Do you know who this is?" All I said after that was, "OMG, it's Julie Pinson!" LOL I have to say she is one the most sweetest people I have ever met. Those two could not help but pick on my necklace....don't ask LOL. I then made my way into the Xanadu Lounge (yes, that is what it is called) and got the chance to meet Don Diamont as well. From someone who has never been to a fan event like this before, it was wonderful to see the starts actually recognize their fans and call them by name. Amazing, is what it is. Those were the only two I met the first day, but saw the other starts on the stage...except for two people. Cameron Mathison and Alicia Minshew did not arrive until Saturday. Cam tapes on only Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and Alicia has scenes with him, obviously, so they had to fly out to Cancun that Saturday because they didn't want to miss it. Also, you may notice there are people who attended the cruise that were not mentioned. Jacob Young and Nadia Bjorlin were aboard the cruise. HAD Cameron kept going on Dancing with the Stars, Jacob would have replaced him, and Nadia goes out with Brandon Beemer, so the rest you can figure out. Friday was Celebrity Bingo. I swear, if they were not daytime actors, they could pass as comedians. I never heard the word "F*&^K" used so much in a matter of a one hour span by these people. It just made it funnier...at least it made bingo interesting. Austin Peck made his way to our table, and just sat there with us as Bingo was still going on....yeah, you think he was bored? IT'S BINGO! LOL We had probably about an hour to kill, and that hour was spent on picture taking. Saturday, no major events happened except for the breakfast, which I did not attend b/c I was asleep, and Q&A with Cameron and Alicia that evening. BOY, do I have a story for you in regards to this! That comes later. But, during the Q&A, my friends knew how much I crush on Lish, so they tried to get me up there, and basically drew Michael Gold's attention (Mike put all of this together, btw), and I got called up. I was just standing right next to them....and I had my own groupies cheering me on. Maybe I could be on TV, but that is beside the point. Lish gave me a hug and everything, she is such a sweetheart. Cameron I didn't get to talk to until the next day, and he is REALLY that crazy. He is just funny...and you know how they say they are shorter in person? No, he's not. Sunday morning we had the acting out a scene with the actor of your choice. I never seen anything so comical. The one where I really found hilarious was a scene where Victor Newman and Kay Chancellor had a love child and that love child was Drucilla Winters. Who played Drucilla, you ask? None other than Christian LeBlanc. He had on Julie's purple sweater to make it look like hair, he was taking off the jewelry....you had to be there for something like that. Don doing his impersonation of Victor was true to form. I don't know what scene it was, but I remember that Christian basically was at the end of the stage, and he was translating the story in Spanish. I don't think many of his words were actual Spanish words, but it was passable. Comical, yet passable. Sunday afternoon was Soap Trivia and a special Q&A period. The Q&A was actually something that piqued my interest in particular that day. A fan had asked who do the stars feel when people say bad things about them on message boards...as in do they take it to heart, what goes in their head, etc. Austin Peck was the first to answer, and he said that it sometimes does bother him to see discouraging remarks...there was something that had to deal with him being called a "monkeyhead" or something. It had monkey in it, and Alicia talked about what she went through when she took over the role of Kendall. And those people from off the street, telling her she will never be Kendall, or could take the place of Sarah Michelle Gellar, how she needs to eat a sandwich, etc. Winsor mentioned what happened when he took over as Thorne. How the fans picketed...and he was hated. Julie Pinson even said that it upsets her at times b/c, even though she knows she is only playing a character, she feels Billie is a part of her b/c she is playing Billie. Jacob Young, another one, had people tell him that he will never be a Jonathan Jackson when he took over the role of Lucky. To me, that really took guts to actually say that to all of us in that room about how they feel about that. I commend them for that. After that event ended, we had pics taken with Alicia and Cam. After that, there was a cocktail party held in the Lounge where we all just mingled and had a blast. Austin Peck is really funny in person, Tyler was really quiet the entire night, Christian is....well, we cannot put it into words, but he is that LOL. They are all just a fantastic group of people, and it was a lot of fun to hang out with them, and talk just to talk, not even about their shows, in particular. But, it was one hell of a trip, I'll tell ya that. As you can see this is the shortened version of my days away at sea. I will be doing a show in regards to this next Wednesday on BuzzWorthy Radio, so make sure you check that out. Also, in the Picture thread, see some of the pics taken from the trip! Adios!
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