Under normal circumstances, when a guy pukes on your arm while you are washing your hands in the men's bathroom sink, it's a pitifully horrible experience. But this reporter just so happens to be on the Carnival Imagination, reveling in the three day rock 'n' roll madness that is the second annual Bruise Cruise, so it was actually a positive.
Anyhow, with fruity drinks in hand, the two of us stumbled our way into the Xanadu Lounge to experience "New Orleans Bounce" style hip-hop, delivered by a glittered-up rapper called Vockah Redu. If David Bowie and Jay-Z ever had a lovechild (granted out of wedlock with Beyoncé, and what a great story that would be!) Mr. Redu might be it.
There is a certain random quirkiness to being on the Bruise Cruise. For instance, you might find yourself doing the muster drill next to Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio, or perhaps standing waiting line waiting to pee next to Fucked Up's Damian Abraham; These are the type of situations you will find yourself in while you are Bruise Cruising.
This has been Alex Rendon reporting live from the Bruise Cruise, not finding any balance whatsoever.
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