The KISS Kruise II kicked off to an amazing start yesterday! As the day began, the Port of Miami was invaded by thousands of fans in KISS shirts and costumes. Our ship, the Norwegian Pearl, remained in port for an extra hour to allow fans affected by Hurricane Sandy more time to board.
KISS played a sailaway concert as the Pearl left the Port of Miami. More than 2200 members of the KISS Navy sang along as the band played classics, lesser-heard tracks and many instant requests from fans. Some highlights: "Comin' Home," "A Million to One," "All Hell's Breakin' Loose," "Nothin' to Lose," and "Only You." Paul also announced during the show that there will be a KISS Kruise III!
As yesterday was Halloween, many Kruisers embraced the holiday, showing off their best scary, creative or sexy Halloween costumes! (The guy dressed as the "Elder Door" got lots of cheers!) Young KISS Kruisers enjoyed a Trick-or-Treat treasure hunt around the ship, and hundreds of people competed in a poolside costume party. Tommy judged the costume contest, which got lots of laughs from fans when Eric Singer took the stage during the "child" costume division... on his knees. In addition to "child-sized Eric Singer," there were many great KISS-themed costumes! Other Kruisers got into the Halloween spirit decorating their cabin doors for the event.
The guys have been out and about quite a bit already on the Kruise - Paul was strolling the pool deck during the costume contest, making one young boy's day when he noted that the little, makeup-clad Starchild was portraying "Small Stanley." He later joined the stage on the costume contest judging platform. Eric dined in one of the ship's restaurants, delighting fans at adjacent tables.
Just as with the first KISS Kruise, there's an amazing sense of community when you're surrounded by thousands of like-minded KISS fans! Fans from more than 30 countries are represented on board, and it's a lot of fun to see custom t-shirts, flags, and signs carried by KISS fans from so many different nations. Fans from KISS Army Norway surprised diners in the buffet by placing Viking-horn helmets on their heads, then waving the Norwegian flag behind them for a photo!
Tomorrow's schedule of events features a KISS-themed wedding vow renewal, a KISS t-shirt swap, and the first of two indoor KISS shows at sea!Photos by Jill Cataldo and Steve Sils for KISSonline