The Basics: Cruising With The Backstreet Boys

A lot of you have asked us about the basics of events. What can I expect? What do I need to know? How does this work? So, we’re putting these posts together as a “bare bones” reference to get you started. If you can’t find the answers to what you’re looking for in these posts, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email or social media!

So you’re going on the Backstreet Boys Cruise…

Must-Know Information

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Online Check-in:

Check into Carnival online using the confirmation number that will be provided to you when your itinerary is emailed (about 2 weeks before). We recommend you check in as early as possible to ensure things run smoothly. The absolute latest you can do so is midnight prior to the cruise.

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Arrival:

The boat doesn’t leave until 4:00PM, but we recommend you get onto the boat AT LEAST 2 hours before that, especially if you want to eat lunch on board. All guests must be on board the ship no later than 60 minutes prior to the published sailing time (printed in the cruise documents). There are multiple ways of getting to the terminal (Drive, Uber/Lyft, taxi, shuttle, Carnival airport transportation). More information about transportation here .

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Luggage:

When you arrive at the terminal, you can check your bags with a porter (up until 2:00PM) and carry on what you will need until your stateroom is ready (around 1:00PM or later. PS you may or may not be able to get into your stateroom before the sail away party at 4:00). Guests arriving after 2:00PM will be responsible for taking all of their bags on board.  Each checked suit case and carry-on suit case should not weigh more than 50 pounds, and when lying flat, bags must not exceed 16 inches high by 24 inches wide (the length of the bag is not a factor). For security screening purposes, all luggage should be unlocked. Personalized luggage tags are included in the guest’s Electronic Documents, through Carnival’s web portal, www.carnival.com/mydocuments. It is not necessary to print the tags in color. Carnival luggage tags must be affixed to your baggage prior to arriving at the terminal.  Additional tags can be obtained at curbside from the porter. Porters will re-tag any luggage tag with a TBA cabin assignment. Curbside porters are customarily provided a $1 tip per bag.

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Check-in:

At check-in, you must personally carry on and present your all of your travel documents, including your boarding pass, picture ID, citizenship documents (including any necessary visas) and completed Health Questionnaire. You also must carry-on any valuables or medications and items which require special handling. After you board the ship, you can eat lunch in the buffet or wander around the ship enjoying all it has to offer. There will be a muster drill around 3:45PM which all passengers must attend, and then head straight to the Lido Deck for the Sail Away party at 4:00PM!

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Money / Budget:

Shore Excursions/Tours: $40-$300 per person. You will be able to view these on the Carnival website once you check in. If you want to get an idea of which shore excursions *may* be offered, you can search on the Carnival website under shore excursions for “Grand Turk”. Please keep in mind, these may be different or limited on our cruise since it is a charter cruise.

Spa services: $30+. Sometimes there are spa specials, especially on the day we’re in port.

Merch/Souveniers: There will be a store off the lobby with cruise-specific merch. It has been known in the past to sell out relatively quickly, so if you see something you like, don’t wait!

Soda/Alcoholic Beverages/Specialty coffee/Drink package: https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2633

Gambling: There is a casino onboard, which you pay for using your Sign & Sail Card.

Personal Items: There is a gift shop with Carnival merch, over the counter medicine, snacks, alcohol, etc.

Sail & Sign is Carnival’s cashless on board credit program, which allows guests to charge onboard purchases. The Sail & Sign Card must be utilized for all money transactions on board as cash will not be an accepted form of payment. More information can be found here.

You can also purchase Cruise Cash (similar to a gift card) on Carnival’s website prior to boarding. Guest Services can provide guests with a balance update at any time throughout the cruise. In addition, guests can view their balance update at a Sail & Sign Kiosk .   This can be set up beforehand or upon check-in.

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Days at Sea

Be on the lookout for your cruise itinerary, which will include all of the events on board. All of the events are optional, but of course we think you should go to all of them, since they are guaranteed to be amazing. When there are no events, there will be downtime for you to do things on board (e.g. pool, spa, activities).

At Port

When we dock at the port of Grand Turk, you can get off the boat as early as you want (don’t forget your Sail & Sign card, which is the only thing you will 100% need). You shouldn’t need your passport, but feel free to bring it if you feel more comfortable. You will need cash or credit card if you would like to purchase anything on the island of Grand Turk. If you are not going on an excursion, there is plenty to do in the port of Grand Turk, such as a beach, large pool, Margaritaville, and shopping. Once the itinerary comes out, we will know if BSB have any events planned for us while at port or if we are free to explore.

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Debarkation

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. You can find information here regarding how to go about getting off the ship. How to battle PCD (Post-Cruise Depression not included).

If you have other questions, feel free to contact us, visit our Cruise page, or visit the official BSB Cruise page!

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Celebrate #BSB25 With Us On The Cruise!

There are a few things we know for sure about 2018:

  • We’re stoked about all the Backstreet adventures ahead.
  • We’re excited to celebrate the Boys’ 25th anniversary together in ANY possible way all year long.
  • We’re still waiting for AJ’s solo album and a BSB single.
  • This cruise is going to be the best one yet!
  • We’re going to do everything we can to give back to Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick this year. Let’s bring it in together, you guys!

Where are we going with this? We’re glad you asked.

Since this cruise is so close to the Backstreet Boys’ anniversary, we were racking our brains thinking WHAT CAN WE DO to mark the special occasion that wouldn’t require an extra suitcase, a load of money and special permission? Thousands of us popping out of a cake didn’t seem feasible.

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THEN… we thought of it!

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It’s simple.

During the Sail Away party (the first time we’re all together on the cruise), we want you to bring the shape of your heart.

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NO. WAIT. Not the shape of your ACTUAL heart.

More like this…

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Here’s what we’re thinking:

  • Make a heart shaped paper (preferably one you can hold with one hand that won’t block anyone’s view too terribly – think legal size paper)
  • Put 25 on the heart is BOLD LETTERS
  • Decorate the heart to represent where you’re from – be creative and snazzy (or don’t)
  • Our thought is to hold them up as soon as they’re on stage for the Sail Away party, but this might change — we’ll keep you posted. That’s the plan for now.
  • SHARE WITH ANYONE YOU KNOW GOING ON THE CRUISE!! It’d be wonderful to have the most participation possible. Imagine Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick coming out to a sea of colored ’25’ themed hearts ❤ ❤ ❤ This is another chance for us to come together to do something great for the Boys who have given us the best parts of their lives and made up some of the best parts of ours.

We can’t wait to see everyone and your hearts!

—UPDATE—

We’re so excited about your overwhelming response about wanting to do this! As someone said, “a sea of hearts” – I love that visual. Again, the more people doing it, the better so keep spreading the word.

We have a few updates since we first posted.

  • There have been some people that have been volunteering to bring extra hearts for fans that don’t know about it to pass out beforehand to increase participants. We LOVE this idea! There is absolutely no obligation, but we wanted to post about it just in case others wanted to as well — whether they been plain hearts or decorated.
  • So many non-cruisers were hoping to get involved as well so… here’s what we’ll do. In addition to tweeting #BSB25 on April 20th and #BSB25Project on April 21st when the Billboard ad is published, fans who are not cruising will be tweeting #BSB25Hearts on sail away day (May 3) with photos of their own decorated hearts with a 25 on it, so whether you’re on the cruise or not – we’re coming together to flood with love. After we return from the cruise, if the movement is successful (we have high hopes), we’ll do a post about it. Sound good?

We’re still taking suggestions, ideas, and anything else you think we’re missing or could add to the fun. Just tweet, message, email or comment!

 

PAST CRUISERS! What Do You Wish You Would Have Known About The Backstreet Boys Cruise?

We’re three months away from setting sail on the 7th Backstreet Boys cruise from Miami to Grand Turk. It’s getting real!

As it gets more real, there are obviously more and more questions, especially from those fans who haven’t cruised before. As always, we want to help everyone out and that’s the reason we’re writing this.

If you have been on a Backstreet Boys cruise and there is something you wish you would have known before you got on the boat or you have some really good advice, find the category it fits in below and let us know for an upcoming post!

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Packing and Traveling To The Cruise Advice

Room Advice (What You Should Bring, What You Should Have, Etc.)

Food and Drink (Suggestions, Drink Packages, etc.)

Event Advice (What To Do, What Not To Do, etc.)

General Advice

 

#BSBKindnessCruise Campaign: Let’s Do This

25 years together as a band is cause for celebration.

On a huge ship [for the 6th time].

Headed to Turks and Caicos from Miami in May.

The Backstreet Boys are in and if you are too, continue reading… because 2018 is going to be the BEST. CRUISE. EVER.

Why, you ask? Because this time, we have a dream… and it seems to be shared by most other fans that are cruise regulars (and even those who aren’t). Are we naive to think that our words can change the entire mood of a cruise? Maybe, but as far as we know, no one has ever tried in a well organized way.

No one has said “hey, we’re all on the same page here”. Instead, many of us have spent excessive time recalling stories from past cruises that involve all the things that went wrong, all the fans that acted insane, and everything the Backstreet Boys didn’t do.

Let’s change this.

The name calling, the blaming, the literal pushing and the shoving on the cruise itself – it has to stop.

We are 21+ years old (most of us at least) and we have to, as a group, start putting our best foot forward and acting like it. So, before you step foot on the 2018 BSB Cruise, we’re asking you to…

….Please leave your negative outlooks behind. This is a new year, new cruise.

….Focus on the good time to be had by ALL, including the fans you don’t know. How awesome is it that this is a boat FILLED with people that also love the Backstreet Boys? No judgement, no guilt – fun only!

…. Expect the unexpected. Leave the been there, done that attitude at home. Treat this cruise like it’s your first. Remember the excitement. Remember why you’re there. Breathe in the sea air and smell of Backstreet sweat and remind yourself that 14 year old you would have NEVER dreamed this.

….Don’t cheat yourself — YOU owe this to yourself! You worked hard for the money that you used to pay for this cruise. You waited a year (or a lifetime) to be stepping onto this boat. If absolutely nothing else, this is your time — choose wisely how you spend it. By that, we mean do what makes YOU happy. You control your actions and decisions. Come back with some epic stories, friends.

….Don’t let anyone ruin it for you! Not everyone is going to be chill – this is everyday life. People are people. Our mission is to get enough of us on this side of chill that it spreads (and we ARE asking you to spread this). That being said, there are always going to be people who value selfies above all and hurling themselves over people to reach Nick Carter in a crowd. Don’t let it ruin your time! Be grateful that you aren’t the one making a fool of yourself and please, don’t join them. No one wins that way. You get a blurred selfie and a crappy memory. THESE ARE YOUR MEMORIES!! Treat ’em like cash.

….Don’t go in acting like the Boys owe you something. Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick did not force you to come on this cruise nor did they pay for you to come on the cruise. While they are obviously the main perk of being on the cruise, they are also only human and they are working. While they did not make you come on this ship, we are 1000% positive that it is their hope that we have a good time. It is, however, a give and take situation. Only by us having a good time, can they have and show us a good time. Attacking them gets you nowhere. Acting irrational gets you nowhere. History has proven that it gets them somewhere — back to their cabins.

Let’s Do This.

We truly believe in the Backstreet Army, as much as we do the Backstreet Boys themselves. We are celebrating 25 years as much as they are. We have worked hard from the moments we became fans to show up for them, to get radio airplay, to vote for them on TRL, to watch every moment they are on TV.

WE DESERVE THIS FOR OURSELVES. The only answer is to work together. To listen to each other. To calm down (but be SUPER excited, as well). It starts with us being kind to each other. Moving out of the way once you’ve gotten what you wanted, being aware of people around you, and having a BIG ASS PARTY together!

This won’t be our last post on our BSB Kindness Cruise Campaign, but first, as always, we want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below for a future post. We’re going to dig into all the things, fan-mily.

And we’re going to make 2018 one to remember. We have all the faith.

 

 

What Is Your Favorite Video From A Past Backstreet Boys Cruise? Send It To Us!

The 2018 Backstreet Boys cruise is still 10.5ish months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relive cruises past!

For cruisers and non-cruisers alike, YouTube has become a hub to upload, share, and relish in our own memories and allow others to see what really happens on a BSB cruise. We thought it would be a fun idea for everyone to share their favorite cruise videos from YouTube and why they’re your favorite. **It does NOT have to be your own video**

So whether you’re a cruiser or a stay-at-homer, we want to hear from you! Fill out the form below and let’s sail away ….in our minds, anyway.

 

10 (More) Suggestions For Backstreet Boys Cruise Themes

Before the 2016 Backstreet Boys Euro Cruise, we presented new potential cruise themes that we’d love to see in the future. Unfortunately, none of our suggestions were actual chosen themes, but we can always dream!

With the cruise next year already being sold out (WHAT?!) and being the 25th anniversary, there’s no option but for it to be the best yet. We’ve come up with 10 more ideas for themes in hopes that if the Boys are lacking ideas, they’ll stumble upon this little post. Cross your fingers!

1. 90s Night

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This really doesn’t need an explanation as 95% of us were there for the 90s. We know the style, we know the music, we know the 90s was the best decade ever and we want the excuse to relive it any chance we get. Grab your scrunchies. your daisy dresses, your Friends dvds and let’s do this!

2. Make Believe Night 

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A play on the BSB song of the same name, here’s your chance to play make believe like you did as a child. Princes and princesses, aliens and unicorns – let your imagination run!

We really just wanted an excuse to infuse some aliens into the cruise, honestly.

3. FantaSea Night

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Get your minds out of the gutter unless you find pirates sexy – we won’t judge! We propose that FantaSea Night consist of all things sea-related – pirates, wenches, and mermaids, oh my. We’re dying to see the BSB Pirates Of The Carribean style and a mermaids-allowed theme is the perfect excuse to buy the rainbow highlighter we’ve been eyeing!

4. Heroes and Villains

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Not all heroes wear capes – but they probably will on the cruise! For those who aren’t into the superhero lifestyle, pick the villain of your choice and play it up. It’ll be even more fun if one of the Boys just happens to be your arch nemesis for the night – we smell an awesome photo op!

This is also a good one for planning with a group of your friends and being creative by making your own superhero!

5. Royal Ball

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If a formal night is what you’re looking for, this theme is for you! “We could be kings and queens” ring a bell? Grab your crowns, tiaras, and glass slippers (except don’t) and get on board for this theme. What’s better than Prince Charming? Five of them in the form of Nick, Brian, AJ, Kevin and Howie. No one can resist a suave looking Backstreet Boy (or finding another use for that formal dress you purchased years ago).

Think you can’t get drunk in a ball gown? Whatever. Cinderella was obvious drunk to leave that shoe behind.

6. Hoedown Showdown

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C’mon y’all! Everyone loves a good Southern night (or at least love Kevin and Brian) and it’s a pretty simple theme. Grab your jeans, your plaid, your boots, cowboy hats and git it!

Are you REALLY going to turn down a cowboy-themed-Backstreet Boy? Really?

Disclaimer: This is NOT because I’m from Nashville (or I’d call it honky tonk night).

7. Backstreet Festival

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Couldn’t make it to a summer music festival and wear all those trendy festival clothes? Into the Woodstock look? Literally just want to wear a bikini top (uhh..with bottoms) and be in theme? This one is for you. Imagine a Coachella vibe where it’s strictly Backstreet. We haven’t decided how the Boys would dress for this one, but we promise it’ll be better than Fyre Fest! (Look it up.)

8. Fiesta En Fuego

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It’s not lost on anyone that we will be on the boat on May 5th AKA Cinco De Mayo. To avoid the risk of potentially being offensive yada, yada, yada…we present Fiesta En Fuego! Literally, a party on fire. We’re thinking fiery colors (red, orange, etc.), a little “Hot, Hot, Hot”, and a whole lot of margaritas. Also, can someone come around passing out tacos or…?

9. Gatsby Night

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A little party never killed nobody, says a song from the Great Gatsby remake. Anyone that has read or watched Gatsby knows that Jay Gatsby was known for his lavish parties and we can perfectly envision such a party on the cruise. Grab your 1920s garb (flapper dresses, beads, feathers, etc.) and look for the green light across the water!

10. Wonderland

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Falling down the rabbit hole will never be as fun as it will be when your friends AND the Backstreet Boys are involved. We love the idea of replicating a wacky Wonderland on the cruise and painting the roses red! There’s plenty of wild characters and costuming to choose from.

Oh, and we’d like to petition to see Kevin as the Queen of Hearts and Nick as Alice, of course.

Or maybe Kevin should be the caterpillar? OK. We really need this theme.

Which theme suggestion is your favorite? Have one of your own? We want to hear it all!

3 Reasons Why The #BSBCruise2016 Acoustic Set Hit Us In The Feels

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Many Backstreet Boys fans have always wanted the Boys to do an acoustic album, an acoustic tour, or perhaps a few acoustic shows between albums. No one really expected it on a cruise. Weren’t things supposed to be hype all the time? Wouldn’t an acoustic set mellow everyone out? These things were on the minds of a few fans as they set sail on the first European cruise this past week.

Then it happened.

Fans at home were a little shocked and lot thrilled when, within hours of the Boys boarding the cruise, they periscoped the group rehearsing “Darlin'” acapella. When was the last time we had even heard that song?! Bonus: they sounded even more flawless than usual.

Then came the actual acoustic concert.

And we remembered why we’re Backstreet Boys fans.

It wasn’t just because they were singing live in front of us (or online) for the first time in months. It was so many reasons and so many feelings beyond that.

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1. They Brought Back The Classics.

Did we ever think in a million years that we’d be SO ecstatic to hear “Just To Be Close” after hearing it acapella every time the Backstreet Boys turned around in the beginning? Hearing it now took us back. It took us back to basics, stripped our Boys down of everything that happened in 23 years, and reminded us what made us fans in the first place.

Then there’s “Let’s Have A Party” and “Lay Down Beside Me”, a song that instantly reminds us of the Orlando Coming Home concert and A Night Out With The Backstreet Boys, both of which most of us were only lucky to watch repeatedly when we were tweens.

There’s also the fact that Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ and Nick also got emotional – like they were going back with us. We were all in the same head space, all back in the beginning, to 98, 99, and 2000s. It was like hearing our journey as fans and their journey as a group come to life. We weren’t ready for those emotions.

And we want to do it again!

2. They Listened To Us!

Months before the cruise set sail, an email was sent out to cruisers to ask for their opinions on what they wanted to hear during the acoustic set on board. We’ve been through this before – we get emails, we respond, and nothing ever happens with them or we’re left wondering if this is what people ACTUALLY replied with, because it didn’t seem like it.

But this setlist… well… it was straight from the fans. These are the songs we’ve wanted to hear again since they’ve disappeared from tour and live performances. These are the songs that are fan-loved, not world-loved. In short, the best.

An “I Want It That Way”-free set list with “Don’t Wanna Lose You Now”? Yep. That’s ours.

3. That Sound.

Of course, every good BSB fan always argues that they sound amazing all the time, best vocals, blah blah blah.

But there isn’t one fan that wasn’t taken aback by how incredible they sounded during the acoustic set. Honestly, most of us, there or simply watching online, shed a few tears, as did the Boys themselves. As if bringing back the songs we originally fell in love with wasn’t enough, they stripped it down to the vocals we’d forgotten we needed.

No flash. No choreography. Just five guys with talent and big dreams who seemed to be really taking in how far they’ve come.

We can’t write this point without talking about the vocals of Brian Littrell. Wow. We couldn’t be more proud of the progression he’s made and the strength he has shown. Hearing him sing “Darlin'” with such a purity, a vocal clarity, a confidence… well, moved doesn’t even seem to cover it. It’s pretty safe to say, by the looks of the faces of the other four guys, that we aren’t the only ones. As the crowd chanted Brian’s name, our hearts were never more full.

Michael Jordan is back.

 If you haven’t seen the acoustic performance, the French Backstreet Team was kind enough to put one of the performances (Group B) into one video. Check it out (and have your tissues ready)!

5 Positives (And Suggestions) About BSB Cruise 2016

So, Kristie’s Korner has been on a slight hiatus, due to me, Kristie, cruising with BSB. I can’t believe it’s been a week since we boarded the boat with BSB, but I’m back, and ready to share with everyone about the cruise! I’m sure you’ve heard the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, I am here to focus on the positives, and to bring you the main pros and suggestions that I’ve come to realize. I mean, we were on VACATION with the Backstreet Boys; how bad could it be?!

 

1. The concert.

Holy smokes. For those of you who have seen the concert either live or in videos, I bet you cried at least seven times. AT LEAST. For those of you who have not seen it, do yourselves a favor, and search it on YouTube immediately. I really don’t think there was a dry eye in the room; and Brian, just wow. So. Many. Emotions. This concert was probably one of my favorites, ever; and definitely, surprisingly upbeat for an acoustic concert.

Hey BSB: Keep bringing back the “oldies” and classics that do not usually get performed. There is a reason why so many of us voted for them! They definitely brought us back in time, and we thank you for that. It was a special moment felt by all as to why we became fans many moons ago.

 

2. Free time.

Points for free time to get to explore in the ports (and/or sleep, eat, spa, etc). However, call me old fashioned, but I still missed the beach party. So if that could be brought back next year, I know I would be extremely happy (as I’m sure others will, as well). The 4 nights worked out really well, too. I feel like it was plenty of time to fit everything in, while also getting our Backstreet fill. Whether it is a cruise, or a land event, I am sure we will be there, and ready to party!

 

3. The preferred event.

This year, the boys wanted to do a little something extra special for those fans who got the higher end cabins. The event was complete with free champagne, and was supposed to be a chill event for these fans to get to hang out with the boys, and for some of the time, it was. Note to boys: this was an amazing idea, and we appreciate the thought SO much. However, this event would be GREAT to do in the future if it was handled slightly differently (e.g. maybe everyone would have to be sitting down at a table in order to get a picture with the boys).

 

4. Solo events.

YES, yes and more yes. The more personal and intimate they can be while incorporating fans; the better. Kevin’s was my personal favorite; how AMAZING were those duets?! BSB has a lot of talented fans, that’s for sure! And Kevin wasn’t so bad, himself. Again, for those of you who have not seen videos, I strongly urge you to do so.

 

5. Deck parties.

Well, let’s start with the positives. The way these boys dressed up for theme nights still makes me laugh. Nick was once again the woman of the group– Anyone else starting to get a little concerned…? LOL. The costumes were so creative, and they really went all out this year. The boys really tried to have fun with their time to make it worthwhile for the fans; and we are SO appreciative of that.

 

To the fans: You have GOT to stop pushing, chasing, “stalking”, etc. In the wise words of BSB, “I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as you…” just stop being aggressive. I know there were a lot of first timers on this cruise, but let me tell you, on past cruises, the guys hung out around the ship ALL the time. This cruise, they were forced to hide and take back hallways to get back to their room just to avoid getting followed by mass amounts of people. If they see that you are calm, they WILL hang out with you, and you WILL get the attention you want from them; because that’s what they are on the boat for. They are on the cruise for YOU. They WANT to hang out with you, as a calm and civil adult fan; not someone they have to risk their personal safety to be around.

I will leave it at that as to not dwell on the past, because we cannot change it. We can only make positive change for the future. So, as a collective fandom– “I don’t care where you’re from”, but let’s vow to make this change for the better… so that next cruise can be better… because WE, as a whole, made it that way. #BackstreetArmy

10 Reasons to Get Excited for BSB Cruise 2016!

Now that we have received our official itineraries, there are SO many things we are excited about for the upcoming cruise. Here are the top few things that we just can’t stop thinking about… so GET EXCITED!

 

1. EUROPE.
Have you ever dreamed of sailing the Mediterranean? How about with BSB? Just in case you forgot, this cruise is FOUR nights instead of three! Plus, this is the first year the BSB cruise is on a Royal Caribbean ship! I do enjoy Carnival for their “party” atmosphere, however their ships are not always the nicest. Royal Caribbean has nicer ships and for the most part better food …and as always, UNLIMITED food! BSB, Europe, AND unlimited food? Looks like dreams do come true.2014-03-27 22.39.48

 

2. Cruise terminal fun.
Who would ever think a cruise port terminal could be so fun? Sure with the long lines, security, and anticipation, one would think that a cruise port terminal is on the list of worst places to ever be. Not on a BSB cruise. Watching the boys enter the terminal and watching the board the ship is when the realization hits that they are walking onto the same ship you are about to walk on—for FIVE days straight!

 

3. The #BackstreetArmy reunites.
As with all BSB events, hanging out with friends and meeting new fans is half the fun (okay, or maybe more than half)! Some groups of friends may or may not be wandering around in custom matching t-shirts or full outfits (and that may or may not include my group of friends). Have fun with it- that’s the beauty of the BSB cruise.

 

4. Door decorating contest.
BSB fans go ALL out. This is one of my favorite parts of the cruise. I HIGHLY suggest you take time to go around looking at other’s creative doors, because they really are amazing to see! And if you haven’t yet planned out a door decoration, it’s not too late! Plus, you never know who will stop by and sign it (yes, I’m referring to a Backstreet Boy). Speaking of decorations, the whole ship is decked out in BSB; from banners, to the elevator doors, to the infamous cardboard cutout of the boys in the lobby, just in case you forget you are on a cruise with the Backstreet Boys. Don’t forget to take a picture with it!2014-10-27 02.36.19

 

5. Cruise-exclusive merch.
…And it’s CUTE! I would especially build one of these bad boys into your BSB cruise budget. It is a very festive addition to your cruise vibe while you’re tanning on the Lido deck or roaming the ship with a drink in hand. Just another reminder that you’re on a BACKSTREET BOYS CRUISE! And there’s more where that came from. A whole merch store! That’s right; a STORE! Make sure you get your merch ASAP, because items WILL sell out!2014-10-24 13.29.05

 

6. Free time at port.
This year, there will not be a beach party [*Cue collective sigh]. Although I am super sad that there is no beach party, I am excited to have free time to explore the ports. I don’t know about you, but I don’t frequent Europe; so the more time I have to sight see, the better. Plus, it seems as though there will be more than enough other events to fill the time on the ship [see itinerary].

 

7. Photo ops.
For those of you who may not know, part of the cruise includes a formal M&G with BSB. Just like with any VIP/M&G, you can make it what you wish. Keep in mind, these tend to be slightly more rushed than concert VIP M&Gs. Just a reminder, you must have 4-5 people in your group in order to be let in to take pictures. Don’t get discouraged about the semi-rushed group photo, however, because let’s face it- you are TRAPPED on a boat with the Backstreet Boys. You WILL run into them at some point around the ship (but probably in the casino), and will potentially get a selfie or two. For those of you going on the cruise, please keep in mind, the more pushy you are, the less willing the boys will be to take pictures. Remember to relaxxxxxx; You are on vacation, after all.

 

8. The acoustic concert.
Well, we know Kevin is really pumped about this one. I personally was OBSESSED with the cruise concert from last year due to its high energy and nostalgia. For those of you who have not seen it, it was very similar to the Homecoming Live in Orlando Tour VHS.. and my little fangirl heart squealed. This year, fans are getting the chance to request songs that will be performed during the Acoustic concert. A lot of fans requested oldies but goodies (that the boys probably don’t even still remember the lyrics to); and I, personally, requested faster songs (such as the crowd favorite “If You Want it to be Good Girl”) so we all can stay awake. Will the boys actually re-learn the less popular songs and perform them? Only time will tell.

 

9. Living the #suitelife.
This year, for those fans in cabins who have reserved seating, there will be an exclusive “preferred” event. Who knows what that will entail, but it is OFFICIALLY on the itinerary (taking place in the lounge), and I am STOKED!

 

10. One big PARTY.
From the sail away party, to game shows, to deck parties, to the return of SOLO EVENTS! …the BSB cruise is one constant party. Dressing up for theme nights and seeing what crazy outfits the boys come out in is always a hoot. I know there are many fans wondering what getup the boys will come out in, especially for Leather and Lace night. Guess we will have to wait and see! If Nick actually dresses like a man this time, that would be great. LOL. Although Dorothy, from last year, was quite entertaining, it was just as equally traumatizing. Also, note to boys: PLEASE bring the sailor outfits back. Kthanks.2014-10-24 17.14.34_edited

 

As always, make sure to eat, drink, have a blast, and DON’T sleep! Can’t wait to set sail in 17 days! Can it please just be here already?

If you’re not going on the cruise, we’ll miss you! And I bet BSB will too. Just a friendly reminder, there is still time to book here! But if not, remember, you can still participate in What Happens on the Backstreet’s Couch Cruise. It is definitely a good time; not to be missed!

13 Fan-Favorite Nick Carter Memories On The Backstreet Boys Cruise

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Gearing up for the 2016 Backstreet Boys Cruise, there will be a series of posts geared toward the cruise to either let you relive the past or get you pumped and ready for the next cruise! I will be taking to social media (watch for it!) to ask you about some of your favorite moments with each of the Boys. It doesn’t have to be a personal connection, it can be just something you really loved watching!

What Has Been Your Favorite Nick Carter Moment From Past BSB Cruises? You answered.

“I have a video of a great moment of Nick from BSB Cruise 2014! I was in the second row (I splurged on a grand suite with 2 strangers, one of whom is now a close friend!). Nick jumped off the stage and I wondered where he went when suddenly there he was, singing on my seat! I barely had time to start recording when he ran back down the row to the stage.” – @lauramariefu

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“Getting shots from Mr. Carter at the ABC Party!” – @Tahbel

“During the beachparty Nick had a lot of fun with a watergun. Soaked everyone including me at the frontrow. It was fun haha!” – @Miry_iam

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“​We all know how competitive Nick can get, and I was lucky enough to get to see that up close and personal and be part of his winning team. The only description I was given for beach ball caterpillar was “you will thank me later”. When I saw the slip n slide I thought we would be doing something on that, but nope I could not have imagined what happened next…
Being a new game, not even the Boys knew what we were supposed to do. We finally figured it out, but half the fun was getting ready to play. Nick was quick to lie down in my lap and if I had been thinking straight I wouldn’t have told him to get up and shuffle down, but the whole situation was so surreal​!​
I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, but probably “is Nick Carter’s head actually between my legs?!” Adding to that, Kevin was telling me to lie between Howie’s legs. Not many girls can say they have been head to crotch between two Backstreet Boys!
​Halfway through, Nick​ gets up to figure out why we were losing. First he blamed Howie, but then he realised we had one extra person and started yelling for someone to get off the team.​It came across a little mean, but we know he just wanted to win. Good thing someone was quick to grab

another fan to join the other team to make it even. After our victory there were high 10’s and hugs all around. We went to take a group photo, but Nick pushed​ AJ away and said​ “winners only!” Lucky for the girls on our team that meant we got two photos. Gotta love Nick’s competitive side!” – @Tippitty

 

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“The first one was in 2011, my first cruise.. Nick pick me to go on stage with them at the Sphynkter night. It was awesome. I took a picture with all of them and that night for a long time i was close to nick while he was playing beer pong.

My fav and second memorie was in my 2nd cruise in 2013. For the Backstreets Back Halloween Party I dressed like Chun Li (Street Fighter)…I was in my cabin with my friends and the boys passed in front of us and nick saw my costume and said “and you are Chun Li!” i tried to take a picture but i coulndt so i recorded it. He made my night. Here is the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/gD_srXuGBi/”  – @fabysc

“As usual there were girls waiting by the elevators at the end of the night, waiting for the boys to come by. I just happened to be standing right by the elevator when security was telling girls to clear a path because Nick was coming. Just so happened no one moved for me and Nick got off the elevator. Security threw him right into me because once everyone saw him, everyone wanted a piece and security had to hold all the other girls back. So I ended up being face to face, literally stuck between the wall and Nick with nowhere for the two of us to go, lol. Nick also made sure I was so ok before security grabbed him and ran. It was a pretty awesome moment, and ever since this little up close and personal encounter he has kept an eye on me, in a big bro kind of way, which is so cool and very sweet of him.” – @AmyBChirps

“Let me preface the first memory with that there is no way to make this not sound inappropriate. On the 2013 cruise during the bachelorette party, Nick was going around shooting people with his penis gun. Little did we know there was vodka and not water in it. He squirted me, but I made him come back and get my friend too. She got a nice surprise in her mouth and made a face. Nick just laughed at her for like 5 minutes. On the 2014 cruise when I realized that Nick remembered me during the meet and greet, I nearly lost my damn mind. During the Group B redux concert, he also saw me and sang to me during a section of In A World Like This. Unfortunately, I was not recording it.” – @Sushi_Flower

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“This was on the 2011 cruise.

I had only met this girl a few hours prior. We were hanging out side stage on 80s night when we got pulled onstage by Howie. We hung out right by Nick cheering him on during beer pong and having a few laugh about how badly he was playing. Little did we know that night we would go on to become best friends and have many more Nick adventures together (Emily Hubbard).” – Cynthia Arey

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“Taking a butterfinger straight from nicks mouth on the 20th anniversary cruise!” – Nichole Griffith

“Nick dressed as Dorothy in the past Cruise. Totally priceless!!” – Veronica Martinez

“On the 2014 cruise walking up to do the group photo and seeing Nick and AJ having a heated discussion about the meaning of the word “dork”. Nick got super passionate about it and goes “Define dork AJ. Define dork!” – Tracy Parr

“During the question and answer session on the 2013 cruise getting pelted by licked M&Ms lmao. During the bachelorette party digging in his pants for his banana..” – Ashley Darpino

“The first happened the last cruise.  I was out in the ocean and somehow lost the group of friends I was with, they took my camera and headed off for pics with Kevin.  Nick found his way to the area I was in so I was standing in a circle with the rest of the fans.  All of sudden, Nick turns to this girl and asks her if she has a camera or a phone on her.  I was like “what a weird question”.  She says no and next thing we know, he wraps his arms around her and jumps up, plunging them both in and then under the water.  I think we all just kinda stood there…STUNNED..lol  All of a sudden, he resurfaces from it..RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!  All my brain could think to say is “I don’t have my phone” and he says “OK”…then he grabs me around my waist and does the same thing to me as he did the previous girl.  It all happened so fast but DAMN what a memory that made!  For like 10 seconds I was PLASTERED against a wet Nick Carter.  Yeah, that memory tends to stick with you…

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The second happened on the first cruise.  We were re-boarding the ship in Key West when we saw Nick walk by us and get on at the same time only at a different entrance.  Ours was MUCH slower than his.  Of course, our line took much longer to get us aboard.  But as we got through security, he was standing there with Lauren.  I had gotten Nick a shirt I wanted to give him before the cruise and had a friend carrying it with her in case we ran into him randomly.  Well, here was my chance.  She handed me the shirt and I walked up to him and asked him if I could give him a shirt.  He was like “sure”.  I handed it to him and just expected him to walk away.  He proceeded to unfold it and look at it.  It said “I’m on a boat, I’m on a boat, take a good, hard look at the mother fucking boat” on the front of it.  He was looked at it and said “I love it!”. Lauren said it was cool.  Yep, I walked away happy.  The next day was the beach party in Cozumel.  We were sitting around the stage waiting for the Boys to arrive and I was watching Howie play with James with a beach ball when my friend Luz cried “JEN!!! HE’S WEARING YOUR SHIRT!!!”.  I about shat myself.  He came out wearing the shirt I had given him to the beach party!  It literally made my whole cruise!  I found out later he had worn it the whole day while he was roaming around Cozumel.  It made me so happy!

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A third memory I have is when my friend/cabinmate Kim both dressed up as pregnant nuns with signs around our necks saying “It’s Nick’s Fault” and “Nick’s been naughty” for the cruise.  We actually did it for the last cruise and the cruise before it.  The first cruise we did it, 2013, Kim and I found the hall where Nick was staying so we waited for him to come back..along with several other fans.  We had seen Mike earlier that evening and he got such a kick out of our costumes!  We asked him if there was any way we could get a pic with Nick and he just said he didn’t know.  Well, Nick came back to his room and Mike saw us.  I think he told Nick we were there and wanted a pic so Mike came back, told us to come on and then tried to keep all the fans back screaming “JUST THE NUNS!! JUST THE NUNS!!!”  I was DYING , it was so funny!  But Nick loved our costumes and was gracious enough to snap a couple pics with us even tho he was dead tired.  He’s such a sweet guy.  It is a nice memory cuz we were the only fans to get a pic with him at that moment.” – @jennayheartnick