As Sunday morning emerged under glorious blue skies, day four of Kid Rock's cruise promised a final stretch of drinks and tunes as reality set in for cruisers: This was almost it.
Saturday had been a busy day for Rock. With most cruisers dispersing into Cozumel to check out local attractions, Rock took the opportunity to grab some friends and staff members for a trip to Passion Isla, a gorgeous little island hangout several miles out in the Caribbean Sea.
As the speedboat eased up to the island dock, Rock reached for his cigar and panicked to discover it was missing.
A Mexican crew member headed Kid Rock's way, spotted the wrapped cigar under a seat. Rock exhaled in relief, reached into his pocket, and handed the startled staffer a $100 bill.
Rock spent much of his island afternoon nitting the surf, lime-topped beer in hand, and hanging with the amiable Rev. Run -- "my Chuck Berry," as he called the pioneering rapper.
Out in the water, a trio of teen girls in a kayak had paddled over from a nearby resort, oblivious that they were 10 yards from one of the era's best-known music celebrities. A pair from Kid Rock's entourage crept up underwater and tipped the kayak to the squealing girls' surprise -- prompting the star to swim over and assist them back on their boat.
Situated back in their kayak, one of the soaked girls at last gave him a long look. "Did you know you look like Kid Rock?"
Rock began to swim away.
Back on shore, Rock discussed last week's sale of the Detroit Pistons, saying he'd just learned that seller Karen Davidson included Rock's courtside pair of seats in the sale contract with buyer Tom Gores.
Heading back to his Carnival Triumph ship late in the afternoon, Rock met up with ex-Red Wing Chris Chelios, who'd flown into Cozumel to join the cruise for its final days. They headed to the upper deck to catch the evening set from country rocker Gretchen Wilson, who closed her set with a satisfying scorching cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll."
Saturday evening brought Rock's second theater concert of the weekend. His voice almost shot, he made it through the show by the skin of his teeth, delivering a ragged-voiced "Born Free" to close the set.
SOURCE: Brian McCollum / Detroit Free Press