I'm not a blogger and I don't use a journal, but I was asked to prepare an article about my own thoughts on the first annual Soap Cruise 2007. In keeping with who I am, (I tend to jump around a lot when storytelling!) these are random remarks, thoughts and memories of mine from the trip that I hope you enjoy. Check out the Latest News for even more highlights from the cruise.
I was happy to have the chance to strengthen my friendship with one of the best publicists and sweetest people I know, Cindy, who just happened to be working with me for the past year on the Soap Cruise and on a few other projects regarding other daytime actors! Soap Cruise 2007 may have been a work trip for me but I had a blast and was happily surprised to make new friends - a special hello goes out to Devin, Amy, Tommy, Lizzy and Mike, Lori and Ysaac - we've since stayed in touch! I also was able to spend time with and get to know Soaps.com's very own General Hospital writer, Julie, who I'm pleased to announce, has a sunny attitude and showed her girlishness by giggling with me on several occasions!
After the VIP Breakfast, we were free! Free to roam through Mexico! Why do I sound so excited? This was the day I'd been looking forward to all year. Being a lover of history, I chose to take my excursion with lovely Julie (GH Editor), Devin Owens (Soap Digest and new best buddy), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, Y&R and all around great guy who made me almost pee myself on several occasions!) and some of his very sweet friends from New Orleans. We hopped on a tour bus and took off to roam the third most visited archeological site in Mexico, the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, which is located along the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. We briefly met Jacob Young and Austin Peck there with their lovely wives and over all, the company was exceptional; the well preserved ruins were breathtaking. I literally gasped aloud in awe when we first saw them and not one of the photos we all took did it justice. Our tour guide, Lily (See photo inset with Christian) did a remarkable job of explaining the history behind the ancient city and keeping our interest. Since the ancient city is coastal, we were able to splash around in the warm Caribbean Sea. You've never lived until you've done this or until you've felt that warm, soft Caribbean sand between your toes.
Do I have a highlight? Haven't you been reading?! (Grinning like a fool here) The whole experience is one I'll never forget. I also admit I enjoyed sharing delicious pieces of caramelized coconut with Christian, Julie and Devin.
We had some time in between the Acting Out A Soap Scene event and the next and chose to sun ourselves with Don Diamont (Brad Carlton Y&R) and wife Cindy, relax in the pool with Windsor Harmon (Thorne Forrester, B&B) before I grabbed a bite to eat with Devin, Christian (Michael Baldwin) and friends, before we had to sashay ourselves back to our staterooms to change - AGAIN - for the Soap Opera Trivia. The changing of clothes so often drove me mad by this point so I threw on a cocktail dress and wore it during the trivia challenge right through to the evening cocktail party. This night I was torn between wanting to get the heck off the ship and mourning our last night with our newfound friends.
Bit of trivia from our escapades:
After Thursday's meet and greet, Julie and I strolled… okay we practically ran down to the Spirit Dining Room where we'd take dinner at 8pm with our lovely media pals, Cindy Collins (my old publicist pal and sometime surrogate yet young mom), Devin Owens (new friend who tells great stories and a dirty joke or two, writes for Soap Opera Digest), Amy Tuten (ABC Marketing Consultant and all around great gal pal) and last but not least, Tommy Biggs (Videographer extraordinaire, Sammy Hagar/Vince Neil look- a-like and such a sweetheart of a guy). The food wasn't the best I've tasted, and the service …. Well, it could have been better, but the dinner conversation made up for it. Though there were no daytime 'stars' at our table, I wouldn't have changed who we ate with for the world.
Julie and I could never seem to find our way around the ship (hence the reason we ran to the Spirit Dining Room in heels) so we devised a plan to leave a trail of breadcrumbs (coughlipstickcough) so to speak and by the fourth day on the ship, we actually knew where we were.
Julie Pinson spent a lot of time fighting sea sickness, due to the choppy waters over the Caribbean Sea. I joined her in her misery, having to spend most of my Friday night wasting away in a gorgeous ball gown in my room, feeling queasy until pals, Julie and Devin came to get me around midnight with a lovely cheese-less, meatless pizza. I was feeling better, so we hung out on deck for hours, just chatting and … there was even a little singing involved!