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A Look Back at the Epic Michael McDonald & Patti LaBelle Cruise!


Ms. Patti Labelle

Calling all Soul and R&B fans! While the “Michael McDonald & Patti LaBelle: A One-Time Only Cruise Getaway” set sail from Miami on April 10th, the memories it created are sure to linger. This luxurious three-day escape wasn’t just a trip to the Bahamas; it was a full-fledged musical immersion hosted by the legendary Marcus Miller!     

Imagine setting sail with the smooth sounds of Michael McDonald and the powerhouse vocals of Patti LaBelle serenading you under the stars.  This wasn’t all!  The cruise boasted a star-studded line-up including the soulful stylings of Lisa Fischer, the smooth jazz mastery of Eric Marienthal, and the incredible talents of Leslie Mendelson, Lynne Fiddmont, Romeo Johnson, and many more.    The party started on deck one with a lively Sail Away celebration featuring the charismatic Cruise Director Mario Vines and DJ Rio spinning the hottest tunes.  You could test your pipes at the Karaoke Competition, relive the magic of Motown at the themed party, and then top it all off with a phenomenal concert featuring the one and only Lisa Fischer, followed by the legendary Michael McDonald himself!   

But wait, there’s more! Laughter filled the air with the comedic stylings of George Wallace and Alonzo Bodden. Throughout the cruise, passengers could enjoy a variety of activities, from poolside lounging to workshops, soaking in the Bahamian sunshine during a port stop, and indulging in the Norwegian Pearl’s world-class dining.

The Heart of Soul: Patti & Michael Take Center Stage      

The undisputed highlight of the cruise arrived when the incomparable Patti LaBelle and the smooth stylings of Michael McDonald graced the stage for separate, electrifying performances. The audience roared with approval as each delivered their own iconic hits, filling the air with nostalgia and pure musical joy. 

But the magic didn’t stop there. In an intimate interview session, fans were treated to a glimpse into the deep friendship and mutual respect between these two musical giants. Hearing their stories about the making of their mega-hit “On My Own” only made the song’s later performance even more special.  The crowd erupted when Patti and Michael joined forces, their voices blending beautifully as they delivered the beloved duet live. It was a moment etched in memory for all who witnessed it.  

This exclusive event was a chance to connect with fellow music lovers, create unforgettable memories, and experience the magic of Michael McDonald and Patti LaBelle live and in person. While we may have missed the boat on this incredible voyage, it serves as a reminder to keep an eye out for future cruises that promise an unforgettable blend of luxury, music, and good times!  



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