Jay Johnson (SonyPictures.com)

After hearing what a great time Days castmates Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Brandon Beemer (ex-Shawn) had last year, Jay Johnson (Philip) reached out to the people organizing the 2009 Soap Cruise and offered up his soap star services. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Jay and got the scoop on the upcoming cruise, as well as Philip’s recent transformation.

As for what Nadia and Brandon said to make Jay want to go on a cruise with hundreds of soap fans, Jay remarked, “Christian [LeBlanc] (Michael, The Young and the Restless) was the main story. They were just laughing about how funny he was on stage.” He went on to say, “I’m really just looking forward to just getting out, getting some sun. It’s going to be a good time.”

With Nadia and Brandon attending next year’s cruise as well, Jay will already have a couple of friends aboard, but he also mentioned that he’s familiar with Winsor Harmon (Thorne, The Bold and the Beautiful) and Christian who he met at previous events, as well as Jacob Young (JR, All My Children) and Greg Vaughn (Lucky, General Hospital), who will be also be setting sail in January.

Since this will be Jay’s first cruise ever, he’s a little concerned about being cooped up on a ship for four days, but mused, “I think we got a pretty good turn out coming, so I’m really excited to see the fans. It’s going to be interesting. It’ll be relaxing and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Hopefully I come back in one piece!”