ABC/Lou RoccoEvery year, it seems, another act announces that it’s starting their own fan cruise, but the Backstreet Boys have been doing it — very successfully — for several years now. This year’s installment gets underway on Friday, and as usual, the guys have a lot of great activities planned for their fans. According to Backstreet’s Nick Carter, that the key to a successful fan cruise.
“You have to engage,” he tells ABC News Radio. “It’s an opportunity to get really close to your fans and give them that opportunity that they don’t really necessarily get. And we put on shows on the cruise, I mean, we’re always trying to top ourselves and do something new.”
And concerts aren’t the only things fans get from the Boys on the cruise. There’ll also be a Q&A session with the group, A.J. McLean is hosting a poker tournament, and Howie Dorough is hosting a blackjack tournament.
“When people comes on the cruise, what goes on the cruise, stays on the cruise,” Nick laughs. “No, it’s a party. The fans come out, they get a room, we throw night parties, three nights in a row — literally, people are crawling and limping off the cruise by the time they’re done!”
The theme parties are always a highlight: this year, one night will see the boys hosting “Backstreet’s Back Halloween Night: The Mummy’s Revenge,” while another night will be an “ABC” party — which means “Anything But Clothes.” That’s right: fans and the Boys will all attend the party wearing….something, just not actual clothing. According to the group, trash bags, saran wrap and cardboard boxes are all possibilities.
The cruise sets sail from Miami on Friday for four days aboard the Carnival Ecstasy, returning on Monday.
“It’s great,” says Nick. “You go to the Caribbean, go swimming…events, it’s a blast, you know?”
Some of the bands that held their first-ever fan cruises over the past year include Train, Paramore and Matchbox Twenty. So far, only Train has announced plans to do it again.
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