Nadia Bjorlin and Brandon Beemer on the Days set (NBC)

After last year’s overwhelming success, the 2009 Soap Cruise is gearing up for another amazing voyage. With 14 stars scheduled to attend so far, fans will have the incredible opportunity to meet their favorite daytime actors and vacation with them for four days! It certainly doesn’t get any better than that for a soap fan. One actress fans can expect to see aboard the Celebrity Cruise ship is Nadia Bjorlin who plays Chloe on Days of Our Lives. Nadia recently took some time to talk to to discuss the cruise, as well as her return to Days.

Even though Nadia attended the cruise last year, she was simply a guest of her boyfriend Brandon Beemer (ex-Shawn, Days), who was there in an official soap capacity. This time the roles will be reversed, as Nadia will be on duty, while Brandon will get to kick back and relax. That’s the plan for right now anyway, as Nadia joked, “If he’s good I’ll bring him. If he’s behaving he will be definitely there.”

Considering she’s returning for the 2009 Soap Cruise, I assumed her experience from last year left quite an impression. Nadia confirmed my suspicions, stating, “I had a lot of fun last year and I think people would be crazy to not want to go. It was just a great time in every aspect of the word and I think for fans it’s probably the best fan event you could ever go on.”

Regarding the many returning and first time attendees, Nadia shared, “I know Greg Vaughn (Lucky, General Hospital). I love him and his wife. His wife is coming. Jacob Young (JR, All My Children). He was so much fun. Austin Peck (Brad, As the World Turns; ex-Austin, Days), obviously he used to be on Days. Don Diamont (Brad, The Young and the Restless) and his wife were there last year and they were so lovely. Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) who I adore. He is just one of the funniest people on the planet. Winsor Harmon (Thorne, The Bold and the Beautiful) as well. Love him. And Jay Johnson (Philip, Days) is coming on board this year. It will feel like friends and family. And Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake, AMC; ex-Gus, Guiding Light). I know him as well. A couple of the other people I don’t know, but it will be fun to meet them.”

So far fans can expect to participate in “Meet and Greets” with the actors, receive autographs, take photos, act out scenes with the celebrities, play soap star trivia and attend cocktails parties. Aside from all the planned events, passengers on the cruise will also have access to nightclubs, casinos, movie theatres and live entertainment on the ship. And since the stars are on board the entire time, you just might find yourself sitting at the same blackjack table or drinking margaritas at the bar with one of them!

With the cruise still months away, that gives Nadia plenty of time to explore new territory with her character Chloe. Territory she’s not even clear on, as she doesn’t know what’s happening with her character until she reads it in her script. For now, she’s enjoying how Chloe is being written, explaining, “She’s more of an adult. She’s more worldly and sophisticated, but there’s also sort of a sarcastic and cynical thing about her now that’s different and fun to play.”

Nadia is also pleased that things are starting to get a little juicier for her since she first came back to Salem. “It’s certainly picking up for me now and I’m getting more of a storyline and things are starting to get resolved with the whole Brady situation, so I’m happy about that,” she laughed. As for the recent reveal that Victor was behind Brady’s disappearance, Nadia was happy with how it was handled saying, “I think they did the most clever thing they could without having the character come back into town and without recasting the role. I thought it was pretty clever the way they handled it, and it is a soap opera after all and it certainly did create an element of drama.”

Sadly for Brady fans, it doesn’t look like the character’s coming back anytime soon, but for fans of a different paring, Nadia teased, “I think that Philip and Chloe fans will certainly be pleased in the next few weeks.”