The impressive endurance of Kid Rock cruisers has been in full effect again this this afternoon, on the final full day before the boat returns to New Orleans early in the morning.
Just like the past three days, the center of the action is on the 9th floor Lido Deck, where the New Orleans band Big Sam's Funky Nation just laid down one of the cruise's best musical performances — a sweat-soaked, horn-drenched set of rock-inflected funk that had fans dancing for more than an hour.
In his familiar spot on the balcony overhead was Kid Rock, who has spent today looking over the proceedings and occasionally heading down to mingle with fans in the pool. Upcoming performances by John Stone, Detroit's Ty Stone and a previously unscheduled evening set by Kid Rock should keep the energy cranked up.
For the 2,700 who had waited nearly a year for this escape into Kid Rock Disneyland, there was wistfulness mixed with the high spirits, as the trip's looming end came into sight.
Still, for those like Cory Glidden, there was nothing to be sad about yet.
"The party's not over 'til you get home," said the 41-year-old from Battle Creek, who sipped a Bud Lite near the ship casino. "And now we've got something to talk about all year. Our buddies will be looking at our Facebook pictures, saying, 'Man, you lucky ...'"
SOURCE: Brian McCollum / Detroit Free Press