April 15, 2008By Devin Owens Posted: Apr 15, 2008
With the next Soap Cruise scheduled to set sail on January 26, 2009, that reminded me of the fun I had as Digest's shipboard correspondent with last year's star-studded trip. As everyone who's taken a cruise knows, you don't board the ship with your luggage. It's taken from you then mysteriously appears hours later at your cabin. Oh and you don't see your room right away either. Once you come aboard you must entertain yourself for hours before you're allowed to see your accommodations. Fortunately for me, I was escorted along with the soap stars (which means VIP treatment) and we were not only allowed to bring along our bags but we also got to report directly to our cabins. But first, our handler (and event coordinator) Michael Gold informed the group that in order to preserve their privacy, no phone calls would be placed to their cabins unless the caller could give a special password. The actors were then told to all agree upon a code word and Don Diamont (Brad, Y&R) suggested Bruins because that was the name of his son's school basketball team. While Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) was busy yakking to his fellow cruisers (read: not listening), everyone unanimously voted with Don and upon finding out a moment later, Christian immediately objected. "I don't like sports," he pointed out as everyone was already disbursing. Julie Pinson (ex-Billie, DAYS) took no mercy and laughed, "That's what you get for not paying attention!" If this had been a soap, there would have been a close-up on Christian's disappointed face, with lower lip curled down for added effect.