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There’s something about Caribbean people’s strong desire to share the culture of these parts with the world. For Juliana Fermin and her team of just a few, the passion to showcase the beauty of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension, the Caribbean’s culture, is unparalleled.
On the heels of their mid-year sail to Europe with the likes of Shurwayne Winchester, Turner, Preedy, Nailah Blackman and even Jamaica’s Charly Black, Fermin’s Soca on the Seas brand immediately shot into action, delivering an AfroSoca themed cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. This time, she sought out some of the Caribbean’s like minded culture promoters, acts like Barbados’ Edwin Yearwood, Eddie Charles of the A Team Band, Doggy Slaughter who would double up as Dj and artist, St. Lucia’s multi faceted, Ricky T, young artistes, Turner and Erphaan Alves, and even Chutney Soca Monarch Kings Neval Chatelal and Nishard B. That wasn’t all though. The team would not have been satisfied if they hadn’t gotten the latest hit maker to surface and shock the soca circuit- none other than Problem Child.
From October 8th – one day after Miami Carnival, to Friday October 12th, the Soca on the Seas family brought complete strangers together and it was aboard this amazing 4 night cruise that many who had never heard of Soca or Trinidad and Tobago, or even carnival, would get a first hand introduction to the vibe of what is now a globally expressed feeling of euphoria that can only be experienced.
A number of planned events offered those who’d signed up for the cruise, as well as those who’d simply booked for a trip to the Bahamas, the chance to experience the amazing talent of the soca outfit. Added to the musical entertainment, there was an All Fours competition with the grand prize being a trip to Dubai- Soca on the Seas’ next destination carded for 2019. A planned beach J’ouvert was unceremoniously cancelled, but not to disappoint their guests, the SOS team organized a poolside J’ouvert event that gave tourists the opportunity to see the revelry of a Caribbean carnival atmosphere, first hand. Many joined in the poolside fun, with flag wavers showing off their skills, host Jason Williams delivering as usual, and DJ Ron and Slaughter pushing the soca to the limit as the ship sailed the high seas.
One person who’d simply signed up for the cruise confessed she had no idea Soca music was as infectious as it was and vowed to visit Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival. Another young, beautiful German woman simply could not get enough of the rhythmic beats. “She having ah time,” many Trini’s uttered, as they looked on in awe of the pretty young woman’s free spirited nature.
The highlight of the SOS experience, for many though, may have been the Nassau, Bahamas Afro Soca Party, ashore. It was an all white event that saw each of the artistes perform to an excited crowd of people who’d either stepped off the cruise-line for the event or simply joined in the action from right there in Nassau. It was a great event with Dj Linx and JW delivering the soca energy, followed by Slaughter and all the artistes. Turner, during his performance, jumped into the crowd and fell into the enthusiastic embrace of a female fan. He did not back down.
The atmosphere aboard the Soca on the Seas Cruise was relaxed and truly enjoyable throughout. It certainly was not a high tempo, all soca, 24/7 carnivalesque sailing, but what it did provide were the key elements of a Caribbean person’s desire while on any vacation. Food flowed abundantly and of course the Royal Caribbean – Mariner of the Seas being an exquisite ship, those aboard wanted for nothing when it came to varied entertainment. From pools and jacuzzis, super slides, fine dining, bars serving up some mean cocktails, and even theatre shows and late night clubbing, there was something for everyone.
Next up, Dubai! There’s much to be said about Soca on the Seas’ desire to take Soca music global, to take the Caribbean culture global. We’ve seen what they’re doing. Question is, what are you doing to push the caribbean vibe, global!? Better get to it! We’ve all got a part to play.