Days of brine and rosy romance
WHO could forget the catchy tune to the television series The Love Boat . . . ‘‘love, exciting and new . . . come aboard . . . we’re expecting you’’. I would sing along with Jack Jones and Dionne Warwick and imagine myself as a terrific hit with officers of all stripes, a womanof hitherto unknown fascination, wit and wardrobe.
Rosy notions still rule the waves, apparently. Arecent travel poll by P&OCruises reveals 74 per cent of 500 surveyed passengers chose a holiday afloat ‘‘to put the romance back into a tired relationship’’. Andone-third of those whotook part said ‘‘quality relationship time on the high seas’’ made their ‘‘love life even better’’.
Whenasked to reveal which celebrities they would most like to find aboard, possibly in intimate situations, George Clooney came out tops with the ladies at 29 per cent. Nosurprise there, but what about a lookalike? Ona recent Seabourn Odyssey cruise from Dubai to Singapore, doppelgangers were in abundance (particularly after several martinis in the Observation Bar). Onechap looked so much like Larry King, I had to check with a barman, just in case.
In 1998, I cruised French Polynesia on Vistafjord with the real Gene Hackman and his wife, Betsy. The actor was concerned about his privacy so a group of friends and I started a rumour that it wasn’t really him, but a convincing lookalike. Our trump card was our mate, Kevin, wholooked passably like Steve Martin, especially in a concealing hat. So it was a false Gene and a real Steve as far as most passengers were concerned. Back on Seabourn Odyssey, mychap, GB, a recognisable actor, was happy being himself until somewhere off Mumbai a passenger exclaimed, ‘‘Anyone ever told you you’re the spitting image of Graeme Blundell?’’
George Clooney came out tops with the ladies at 29 per cent