We’re delighted to provide you with a preview of the fabulous entertainment we’ve lined up for this cruise. We’ll be adding new talent to this list through Christmas.
Please note that the schedule is subject to change slightly as we get closer to sailing. Ultimately, the daily program onboard Millennium – Celebrity Today – will contain each day’s complete schedule of activities and entertainment. You’ll receive the following day’s Celebrity Today in your stateroom each night at turndown.
VACAYA’s first Caribbean Cruise is FINALLY here and we’ll kick off the celebration with what has now become a VACAYA tradition… the main restaurant and the theater will be closed on Night 1 and instead, we’ll all head up to the upper decks for a full evening together! At 4pm, make your way up to Decks 10 and 11 for our sail-away from Port Everglades. Come exactly as you are – comfortable and ready for an evening of fun! We’ll celebrate our departure with drinks through the sunset. Then at 6pm, a Gala Buffet Dinner will be served on the Pool Deck and in Oceanview Café.
At 8:30pm, our all-star entertainment kicks off with the incredible MEGHAN MURPHY!
After Meghan’s show, we’ll clear the dance floor and head right into our THIS IS ME party, which will go until the wee hours!
All guests. All evening long. Together, as it should be. We’ll see you there!
MEGHAN MURPHY is an actor/singer/producer/cabaret & recording artist currently based in Chicago. A show-stopping powerhouse, she’s garnered the nickname “Big Red” and has delighted audiences all over the world with her impressive range of musical styles, razor-sharp wit, and old-school Hollywood glamor. Her multifaceted talents have been showcased on many different stages in the worlds of Theater, Music, TV/Film, & Cabaret. As an actor, you may have seen Meghan in musical productions across the US, including inNYC & Chicago, for which she’s a five-time Joseph Jefferson Award nominee for her performances. You may also recognize her from the film CAPTIVE STATE or as the current commercial face of Honey Nut Cheerios. As a singer & cabaret artist, she’s been in countless concerts throughout the world and has been touring her critically-acclaimed one-woman show THE BIG RED SHOW both around the country and internationally.
Recently, Meghan created a new travel/performance web-series called ADVENTURES FROM A BROAD, featuring her travels as a guest entertainer on the high seas, and STOOP SESSIONS, another online series to raise awareness and elevate Chicago-based BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ organizations. Both shows can be found on Instagram (@meghanmurphybigred), YouTube, & Patreon. As a recording artist, Meghan has two self-titled Ep albums of her Chicago-based blues/soul band Everybody Says Yes available on all streaming platforms and her holiday album BIG RED & THE BOYS, LIVE AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, available at bigredandtheboys.bandcamp.com. For more info about Meghan or to get on her mailing list, go to bit.ly/PatreonMeghanMurphy or to her website MEGHANMURPHYBIGRED.COM.
“Statuesque in her stilettos, Big Red is a towering inferno of talent” – Broadway World
“The Powerhouse Diva with a dynamite voice.” – Chicago Sun Times
“She’s a pied piper in red sequins, leading the way for the people, the fans, and the newcomers to the tribe.” – Broadway World
“Sultry, Sexy & Spellbinding.” – Aroundthetown.com
“This woman is doing what she was born to do.” – Broadway World
We’re so excited to welcome ERICH BERGEN to the VACAYA family! As an actor, singer, writer, and producer, Erich is best known as Blake Moran from the hit CBS drama MADAM SECRETARY, and for his critically-acclaimed performance as Bob Gaudio in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS, a role he originated in the National Tour and in Las Vegas. Erich reprised the role in the feature film adaption directed by Clint Eastwood. Recently, Erich starred on Broadway in WAITRESS, opposite Katharine McPhee, Jennifer Nettles, and Shoshana Bean. Other television and theatre credits include GOSSIP GIRL, BULL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, THE TEMPERMENTALS, and many more.
As a producer, Erich has produced over 75 live, virtual, and television events, helping non-profits raise over $30 million, including work with President Obama, Clive Davis, John Legend, Michael Kors, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Producing credits include the WE LOVE NYC concert in Central Park, SATURDAY NIGHT SEDER, THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW VIRTUAL SPECIAL, UNICEF WON’T STOP, and THE CAROUSEL OF HOPE BALL.
Erich will perform 2 shows the evening of Tuesday, January 11 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm in the theater.
Follow Erich on Twitter @erichbergen.
Before heading out to the pool on Wednesday morning, throw on your best 80s swimsuit and join us on the upper decks! Cruise Director Christopher and The Vacayans will be on the lewk-out for the best all-around 80s fashions. So show us what you’ve got! The 10 Best Looks will compete at Pool Gaymes for the ultimate prize… an autographed cassette tape of Duran Duran’s Reflex! Psyche! We’ve got something WAY MORE FUN in store!
At 4pm, we’ll kick off our second V-Dance of the week – CARTOON LAGOON – an all-80s dance fest, with costumes inspired by your favorite Saturday morning cartoons!
Then tonight, one of our favorite TV stars of the 80s and a lifetime supporter of the LGBT+ community, MARILU HENNER (TAXI and literally a thousand other credits), struts her stuff on the VACAYA main stage! Under the musical direction of our resident MD MICHAEL ORLAND (AMERICAN IDOL), Marilu will share never-before-heard tales from her days on one of TV’s biggest hit shows. And oh yeah… she’ll also wow you with her killer voice and her superior autobiographical memory skills!
After Marilu soars in the theater, we’ll all hit the upper decks again as we journey from the late 80s into the 90s with our Choose Your Own Adventure Party Winner, IT’S ELECTRIC! We’re turning off all the lights tonight and YOU will provide the radiance! So give us your sexiest, glowiest, shimmeriest, shiniest, gleamiest, sparkliest outfits as we dance under the stars to your favorite late-80s/early-90s icons!
Marilu will perform 2 shows the evening of Wednesday, January 12 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm in the theater.
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheRealMarilu.
We are beyond thrilled to welcome the amazing AMBER RILEY to the VACAYA family! Amber is best known for her role in GLEE, for which she won the coveted Screen Actors Guild Award. She was also nominated for 3 Teen Choice Awards, 3 NAACP Image Awards, and a Grammy Award. Now known simply as RILEY, she’s also guest-starred on THE SIMPSONS and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, co-starred in NBC’s THE WIZ LIVE! and ABC’s THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE!, and she even WON Season 17 of the hit ABC show DANCING WITH THE STARS!
RILEY has also starred on-stage in COTTON CLUB PARADE in New York, HAIR at the Hollywood Bowl, and recently played the iconic role of Effie White in the West End’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning production of DREAMGIRLS. She WON the Olivier Award for “Best Actress in a Musical” for the role. Her self-titled 2020 EP “RILEY” garnered over 5 million streams and is available on all streaming platforms.
RILEY brought the holidays in with a new 2021 Christmas movie: CHRISTMAS DEJAVU, which you can stream on BET+. She’s also starring in a new movie being released on Lifetime in 2022, so stay tuned for more details!
RILEY will perform 2 shows the evening of Thursday, January 13 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm in the theater. She’ll be accompanied by the fabulous MICHAEL ORLAND.
We’re beside ourselves with excitement to welcome the one and only SHANGELA to the VACAYA stage! Shangela is recognized as one of the most memorable and “professional” contestants to compete on three separate seasons of the Emmy Award-winning RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE (Seasons 2, 3, and All Stars 3) and for co-hosting and co-producing HBO’s Emmy-nominated series WE’RE HERE. Shangela also recently appeared as a guest on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON.
As an actor, Shangela (aka D.J. Pierce) showed her skills alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A STAR IS BORN. Other films include HURRICANE BIANCA, KISS ME KILL ME, HURRICANE BIANCA 2, and a new independent feature that will be released in 2022. Pierce has also guest starred on television shows like STATION 19, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, 2 BROKE GIRLS, GLEE, BONES, THE MENTALIST, X-FILES, and more. You can also catch Shangela on YouTube in the 4-part scripted series, JENIFER LEWIS AND SHANGELA.
Shangela has twice been named one of OUT Magazine’s “100 Most Compelling People” and in 2015 was featured on Forbes.com for his drag management company Say What Entertainment. Among other accolades, Shangela was named to TIME magazine’s “100 Next List” in 2019 and was awarded the Vanguard Award by the DFW Black Tie Dinner for commitment to the LGBTQ community in 2021.
He’s written and released music (including the anthem hit “Werqin Girl”), performed alongside Miley Cyrus on the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, hosted the televised NYC GLAAD AWARDS, performed as Beyoncè for Beyoncè, co-produced the successful WERQ THE WORLD tour as creative director, and toured his self-written stand-up comedy show SHOOK.
Shangela will perform 2 shows the evening of Saturday, January 15 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm in the theater. Halleloo!
THE SKIVVIES are LAUREN MOLINA and NICK CEARLEY, singers/actors/musicians performing stripped down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals. Not only is the music stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform.
The Wall Street Journal calls them “smart, sophisticated…ingenious,” and Out Magazine says, “The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al-parody and part sexy burlesque…an unusual explosion of satire and sultry.” People Magazine named The Skivvies “The Most Playful Performers” in The Most Talked about Bodies issue and Sports Illustrated named them “Favorite New Band.” The New York Times calls them “a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups, and of course, highly toned displays of skin.” They were also nominated for a MAC award for show of the year.
Lauren (Broadway’s ROCK OF AGES, SWEENEY TODD, Mary Zimmerman’s CANDIDE – Helen Hayes Award, MARRY ME A LITTLE) and Nick (Broadway/First National ALL SHOOK UP, PAGEANT, BUYER & CELLAR) met in 2003 performing in Theatreworks USA’s national tour of the JUST SO STORIES. Quickly becoming best friends and musical collaborators, they began performing together in the city, with clothes on. The Skivvies were born in 2012, when they became YouTube sensations with their unique covers of artists like Robyn, Carole King, and Rihanna. The videos led to live shows, and now this “musically thrilling,” undie-rock, comedy-pop duo continues to perform to sold-out audiences in New York and beyond. And now they’re making their VACAYA big-ship debut, and we couldn’t be happier to have them with us!
Get to know The Skivvies @ theskivviesnyc.com and enjoy them in Sky Lounge on Tuesday and Saturday night.
She’s baaaaaaaa-aaaack! SUSIE MOSHER made her VACAYA debut on our 2019 Ptown Cruise and our guests have been talking about her ever since! She is a one-of-a-kind musician whose genius has to be seen to be believed. Susie brings her smash Birdland show, THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER, back to VACAYA. A wild, anything-goes variety show, each LINEUP is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential entertainment featuring Susie and the fantastic entertainers of VACAYA and YOU!
Susie’s been performing professionally since she was sixteen – first in the West Coast premiere of GODSPELL at The Old Globe Theatre, then in various night clubs, theaters, television shows, and movies through the years. On the big screen, you’ve seen Susie in LOST SOULS, VIEW FROM THE TOP, IT’S PAT, THE WEDDING PLANNER, and BEAR CITY 2. On television, she’s been featured in BEVERLY HILLS 90210, SNOOPS, VERONICA’S CLOSET, THE L WORD, and NURSE JACKIE. Susie finally obtained her childhood dream of being on Broadway when she was cast as “Prudy Pingleton” in HAIRSPRAY and played the role for the last two years of the show’s amazing six-year run. Susie is finally living her best life with her wife of twenty-five years and their beautiful son, Hudson.
Susie is joined by MICHAEL ORLAND on the keys and you’ll find them in Rendezvous Lounge on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights.
Explore the wonderful world of Susie @ susiemosher.com.
After memorable performances at our Oasis events and on our 2021 Iceland Cruise, Victor makes the leap to our big-ship Bliss cruises! Originally from Venezuela, Victor has made a splash in the South Florida cabaret scene since his arrival in 2014. He’s been a resident artist at several renowned piano bars, including The Cabaret South Beach, Magnum Lounge, and the prestigious National Hotel.
Known for his theatricality and his ample repertoire, Victor has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra at the Arscht Center for Performing Arts, done sold-out shows in Vienna and the Greek Isles, and has also appeared in a lead role in the world premiere of the new musical MAD HATTER, which premiered in London in July 2019.
He’ll be joined by legend RICK LEONARD on the keys. Rick is a popular seasoned performer and musical director who’s been familiar to South Florida audiences for over a decade. Hailing from New York City, Rick enjoyed renowned residencies at such famed venues as Tavern on the Green, The Russian Tea Room, The Firebird, One If By Land, Two If By Sea, and many more.
As a musical director, he founded The Cabaret by the Bay in Cherry Grove, NY, and presented top-tier cabaret artists there for over 7 years. In addition, he has served as musical director for such artists as Belinda Carlysle (The Go-Gos), Kimberley Locke, (AMERICAN IDOL and hit recording artist), Broadway’s Shoshana Bean (WICKED), famed actress Sally Struthers, and many more.
In South Florida, Rick was the resident artist for 10 years at the now legendary Magnum Lounge Supper Club, as well as performing in venues such as The Manor in Fort Lauderdale.
Rick is currently a resident artist at “Live at the National” at the National Hotel in Miami Beach and he’s thrilled to be among the amazing roster of talent on VACAYA’s big-ship cruises, small-ship adventures, and all-inclusive resorts.
Victor and Rick will perform in Rendezvous Lounge on Monday and Saturday nights.
Get to know Victor @ victorvaldezmusic.com.
VACAYA’s Piano Bar will feature Nate Buccieri and Magnolia Applebottom!
When NATE BUCCIERI (@NateontheKeys) isn’t singing behind the piano in oodles of NYC piano bars and clubs, he’s traveling with his music around the world! Singer/songwriter, improv artist, music director, and piano man, Nate boasts an enormous repertoire of pop, Broadway, and standards. He’s always happy to field a request or just make a tune up on the fly!
Nate will be joined by MAGNOLIA APPLEBOTTOM (Jeremy Bernstein), who’s become a fixture at the Blue Moon, Purple Parrot, and Milton Theatre drag shows in and around Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Magnolia has appeared on Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC and was featured in photographer Leland Bobbe’s portraits of drag performers both in and out of makeup for “Vogue Italia.” Magnolia has also opened for Internet sensation Randy Rainbow and Broadway legend Jennifer Holiday.
Combined, these two are certain to keep you entertained for hours on Wednesday and Friday night!
We’re so happy to welcome comedian GENE MOORE to VACAYA. Gene’s fast-paced, high spirited, high energy style will keep you laughing through the night. Gene considers himself a “front row friendly comedian,” so don’t be afraid to sit close. His humor is observational, hopeful, and based on his own life experiences as a gay, Hispanic, US Army veteran.
Gene’s comedy sets will take place in Sky Lounge on Wednesday and Friday night.
VACAYA is overjoyed to introduce our guests to the ray of sunshine that is GENEVA JOY! Originally from Philly, but now the jewel of the New Orleans comedy scene, Geneva is bold, smart, and a little naughty. She’s the weekly featured comedian on the JEFF D COMEDY CABARET AND DRAG SHOW on Bourbon St. and also hosts Sexy Bing-Oh. She’s not shy about ANYTHING and will certainly take you to a few unexpected places. Geneva is the founder of the Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival, and has opened for Tiffany Haddish, Marsha Warfield, and Sheree Sheppard. Like every good New Orleanian, Geneva looooooves to costume. So get ready for a show both on and off the stage!
Catch Geneva in Sky Lounge on Wednesday and Friday night!
JAMIE MORRIS and ROBERT RYAN join forces and their pliable phalli in the hilarious romp PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS! Born in Australia as a tribute to the ancient art of genital origami, POTP has been performed in front of millions in over 35 countries. Jamie and Robert are currently Las Vegas’ top puppet masters and we’re excited to bring their show to the VACAYA stage – the first time it’s been performed at sea!
Catch Puppetry of the Penis in Sky Lounge on Thursday and Sunday night!
PAUL J. WILLIAMS is back as the one and only SISTER HELEN HOLY! No one – and we mean NO ONE – can handle balls quite like the Good Sister. She’ll be leading 3 rip-roaring sessions of Church Bingo on the VACAYA main stage Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. Be ready for a few unexpected surprises along the way! For guests who are new to VACAYA, there’s one tradition you should definitely be aware of in regard to Bingo… the truly faithful wear church hats. And the taller – and closer to God – the better!
For the uninitiated, get to know Paul J. and Sister Helen @ pauljwilliams.com.
DJ CHORD BEZERRA is an award-winning DJ and producer based in the US Capital. Metroweekly calls him “one of D.C.’s most popular, and increasingly prominent DJs.” His high energy fusion of house, electro, dance, and funk has won him accolades wherever he travels. Chord can be found in regular rotation at some of the hottest clubs, parties, and events in DC, New York, and beyond. He commands the dance floor with an effortless blend of uplifting vocals, exotic beats, and non-stop energy. After 2 incredible seasons with VACAYA at our Oasis resorts, Chord brings his infectious talent to our big-ship cruises for the very first time!
Listen to Chord spin @ mixcloud.com/chordb/.
DJ, Remixer, & Producer WHITNEY DAY has built a signature sound from her influences of house, disco, and electronic music. The trifecta of early training in classical music, coming-of-age in New York City nightclubs, and working in recording studios while in high school and college, naturally evolved into a career in DJing and music production for her. With an instinct for reading-the-crowd, and an ability to artfully mix genre-blending sets, Whitney has spent over a decade lighting up dance floors around the globe. Her talents have taken her across the United States and to cities as far as Tokyo, Ibiza, Montreal, Stockholm, Sydney, Vienna, and beyond, fulfilling her other passion: travel.
Whitney’s infectious passion for mixing music and performing on-the-fly sets has spread from underground Brooklyn warehouses to European music festivals. Her fresh and energetic vibe has led her to share the stage with acclaimed DJs and artists such as Honey Dijon, LCD Soundsystem, Crystal Waters, Peaches, Jennifer Cardini, Bebe Rexha, Moby, JD Samson, Cece Penniston, and Lil Kim, to name a few. Her production skills have landed her remixes for artists such as Daya, MILCK, and Starley. Off-the-decks as an Event Creator, Whitney has produced some of the largest events for queer women and the LGBTQ+ community at world-renowned venues such as Marquee, House of Yes, Cielo, Magic Hour, Good Room, and LeBain.
After an incredible debut on our 2019 Inaugural Cruise, we are absolutely THRILLED to have her back with us at VACAYA! Take a spin with Whitney @ soundcloud.com/whitneyday.
COREY CRAIG (aka “Coreyography”) is a 16-year veteran in the LGBT club scene. He’s curated a signature sound of House, Disco, Tech House, and updated classics. His 2009 closing set for NYC Pride’s “Dance on the Pier” launched him onto the nightclub and party scene and led to residencies in Fire Island and award-winning parties throughout Manhattan. His later work with top American promoters expanded his reach into Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Provincetown, and Palm Springs. Internationally, Corey has been a regular in Sydney and Melbourne during the New Years and Mardi Gras season. His travels have also taken him to Whistler Gay Ski Week, Vancouver Pride, Edmonton, Toronto, and Amsterdam. His current stateside residencies include The Eagle NYC and the infamous D World Underwear Party in Fire Island.
Corey lists his musical influences as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Honey Dijon, Freemasons, Moto Blanco, Gorgon City, Disclosure, Todd Terry, MK, CamelPhat, and tastemaking labels like Defected, Toolroom, Hed Kandi, Ministry of Sound, and Glitterbox. These influences and labels have helped him curate and design a podcast series showcasing upfront House, Techno, Disco and Bass sounds. Currently, Corey is partnering with Bobby Duron as “Haus of Oz” for sexy tech house remixes. Upcoming original production work paired with established remixes and celebrated underground bootlegs for Lady Gaga, Russell Small, Genesis, Donna Summer, and others position “Coreyography” for further dominance in the next age of dance music and beyond.
Check out Corey’s new song, “Something To Behold,” @ ffm.to/behold and enjoy him before our cruise @ mixcloud.com/djcoreycraig/.
MICHAEL ORLAND is the grand poobah of music for VACAYA, serving as Musical Director for Erich Bergen, Marilu Henner, RILEY, and Susie Mosher. He began his impressive musical career in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts at the tender age of three, when he escorted each member of his family, one by one, to see MARY POPPINS and then sat down at the piano and played the songs by ear. Since this auspicious beginning, he’s become one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the concert, theater, television, and nightclub scene.
Michael was part of the mega-hit TV show AMERICAN IDOL for 16 seasons as the Pianist, Arranger, Vocal Coach, and Associate Musical Director both on FOX and ABC. In between those seasons were stints as Music Director/Vocal Coach on LITTLE BIG SHOTS and FOREVER YOUNG, both hosted by Steve Harvey. Through these amazing opportunities, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW. At the end of every IDOL season, Michael has also accompanied the top 3 contestants to New York for appearances on LIVE WITH KELLY & REGIS (and MICHAEL and RYAN), CBS’ EARLY SHOW, and concerts on the plaza for NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW.
The number of credits on Michael’s resume makes even him blush. He’s as good as it gets in the entertainment industry and all of us at VACAYA are so lucky to have the opportunity to bask in the incredible brilliance of his genius. We love you, Michael!
Follow Michael on Insta @ instagram.com/michaelorland/.
Leading the incredible 10-ring circus that is VACAYA is one of the brightest talents and ringmasters in all of Las Vegas, the incredible CHRISTOPHER KENNEY! Christopher, and his alter ego EDIE, will take the reins as VACAYA Cruise Director on Millennium.
Christopher got his start in the ballet and danced with 5 professional ballet companies before moving to New York to pursue his dream of being on Broadway. That dream came true in 2006 when he was cast as Molly in the Tony-nominated revival of THE THREEPENNY OPERA, starring Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper at Studio 54. But it was the creation of his drag persona Edie that really propelled Christopher to fame. With legs that go on for daaaaays, Edie went on to star as Mistress of Sensuality for more than a decade in Cirque’s highly-acclaimed production of ZUMANITY at New York-New York Las Vegas. Now, Christopher/Edie join VACAYA’s all-star entertainment line-up, with Christopher leading the way once again – perfectly rounding out (and corralling) our galaxy of stars.
Welcome to The Vacayans, Christopher!