NKOTB Cruise 2011

I wrote this blog with a fever of 101. Forgive me if some of it doesn’t flow well.

Truthfully, I don’t know where to begin with this blog. I debated on whether I should write it at all because people who weren’t there might accuse me of showing off when that isn’t my intention at all. My intention is to make people who weren’t there feel like they were part of the action along with the rest of us.

I arrived in Miami with Maryka (MMBoxy on twitter) two days before the cruise so we could have time to see Miami with Abbie (abbielicious613 on twitter). For the first cruise, I arrived the morning the ship was to leave and I didn’t get to see anything. It was too rushed. This time we stayed at the Intercontinental, which was a gorgeous hotel, and we had a room overlooking the Port of Miami (or was it Miami Port?). I’m not used to fancy hotels like that. I’m a Quality Inn, Motel 6 kind of girl when I travel for my Civil War reenacting. For you new readers, yes, I’m that kind of history geek who wears corsets and hoop skirts on weekends in the summertime. So the whole 1950s art deco vibe of Miami and South Beach was completely foreign to me. Abbie has been to Miami many times and she got a kick out of my jaw hitting the ground when I saw things like pink buildings or people shopping in bikini tops. I had my first experience with Cuban food too. It was amazing. Sex in my mouth! If you ever have the opportunity to eat real Cuban food, it is so good that it will change your entire perspective on food.

Here are some pictures of my days in Miami.

The view of the Port of Miami from my hotel room.
Me in my hotel room. Much better than Motel 6!
Me in my first Cuban restaurant. Note the tasty guy in the background.
My first taste of a fried plantain. Yummy!
I ordered shrimp cocktail as an appetizer.
This is grilled shrimp in … Cuban sauce? I can’t remember. Yummy!
The aftermath of Cuban dining for three people.
Hot and tired in front of a pretty pink building.

We got up very early the day of boarding the Destiny because I needed my hair washed. That seems like a trivial matter but I think it’s important to show how creative, inventive, loving and wonderful my friends are about my disability. I have something called Arthrogryposis (click the word to read about it). In basic terms, my body is like that of a quadriplegic. I can move and I can feel everything, so I’m not like Christopher Reeve. His quadriplegia was from an accident. Mine was caused by an unknown problem with my mother’s and father’s genetics. Normally I can’t get into a bath tub without a lot of help. Maryka came up with the idea of putting me in the wheelchair and tilting it back so that my head would be in the bath tub and we washed my hair that way. It was fast, it was easy and I had lilac scented hair in case I ran into Jon that day. He seems sensitive about smells so I usually choose perfumes and shampoos with care and I compulsively brush my teeth and chew minty things when I might see him. Silly, I know. I’m old-fashioned. A lady should smell like a lady, not a hobo or a five dollar hooker.

We got to the port early enough to see NKOTB arrive and board the ship. Jon spotted me and gave me a wave. The big news there was, “Yay, his hair is still long!” While we were waiting for the cabins to be ready, we decided to get some lunch. No sooner than we found a table, I looked at the stairs and the words, “Is that Jon?” fell out of my mouth. There he was, coming down for lunch too! Initially, I said I didn’t want to bother him but then he started hugging people in the food line. So I decided screw it, I’m going to say hi. I whipped my chair around the corner with Maryka trailing behind me and I think I almost hit Harley by accident (sorry Harley! I’m still getting used to this chair!). Jon saw me and pulled me into a good hug and said it was good to see me. We talked a little and I told him that he hasn’t seen my new chair yet, so he leaned over and started studying everything. I turned to the left like a model. I turned to the right like a model. He was fascinated and we talked about how I travel with a power chair. Then he was like, “You’re all ready. You’ve got your water shoes too.” I thought why is he commenting about my shoes until I saw at the beach party that we had the same shoes except mine had pink stripes and his had blue.

I told Jon that I wanted to get in the water on this cruise and he made this face. I know this face well. It’s the face someone makes when they think I can’t do something but they’re too polite to say so. Here’s the thing. I was iffy about getting in the water until Jon made that face. When he did that, something in me kicked into overdrive and I knew I had to prove it that I could do anything that he could do. I hate the face of doubt and I thoroughly enjoy proving people wrong. I especially hate it when Jon doubts me because it means he doesn’t think I can be just like everybody else. I can. I had to prove it to him.

The cabin was fabulous. It was a wheelchair accessible cabin and I could even get into the bathroom, which is a luxury for me when I travel. Carnival really knows what they’re doing when it comes to passengers in wheelchairs. Here are some pictures of the cabin before we went to the Sail Away Party.

Me watching NKTV in my cabin.
Sissy busted me watching NKTV all paparazzi style!

When we got out to the lido deck for the Sail Away Party, we found out that there was a roped off area to the side of the pools but still involved with the crowds for wheelchairs. I don’t know who’s idea it was but THANK YOU if you’re reading my little blog. There were too many instances on the first cruise in which I was pushed, shoved and trampled by overzealous fans but I felt well-protected on this cruise. The spot roped off for us was watched by security, it was safe, yet we could still be part of the festivities. My cruise experience was so much better because of the roped off space where I could go to feel safe. There were only a few girls who tried to invade in order to pounce on one of the guys but we kicked them out whenever they tried to climb over wheelchairs. We were not looking for extra perks. We were simply looking to be protected from the mobs because we can’t defend ourselves. It was accomplished. By and large, the fans were respectful and understood that we needed space. I want everybody to know how grateful I am that the majority of people were understanding and patient with disabled cruisers.

Here are some pictures of my view of the Sail Away Party.

Me in the disabled section.
This is one of my best friends, Sissy, who is SissyHand on twitter.
This is another one of my best friends, Maryka, who is MMBoxy on twitter.
My dark Knights.
My dark Knights with a side of Wood.
Somebody’s been working out. Hashtag, just sayin’.
Knight pecks, McIntyre arms and Wahlberg essence.
Praise the Jord.
Does he know how adorkable he is?
Look over here! Don’t make me flash you!

As soon as the guys came down into the crowd, we had the opportunity to say hello. I remember Jordan came down, went to me for a good Knight hug and we chatted a little. We have had this issue for the last two years, whether it’s bashfulness or something else, of not being able to get past, “Hi, how are you?” So while he was hugging me and talking in my ear, we did the usual, “Hi, how are you?” and then he paused and I felt him smirk against my cheek. He then said, “Are you having a good time?” I said, “Yeah, are you?” and he said, “Yep, I am.” He pulled away smiling. We finally got past our awkward foot shuffling and glancing. I pretty much love Jordan endlessly. He still intimidates me though. He represents that ideal beautiful man that I could never hope to call my own. Pictures of my Jordan encounter.

Omfg, he’s coming down the stairs!
Moobs. I love moobs.
Way to get right in front of me! That’s why I was giggling. He’s adorable.

Donnie came down my stairwell too. He moves very fast but he stopped for us and asked us how we were doing and such things like that. Donnie always kisses my forehead. I see him being more sexual with other fans but he’s never been sexual with me. I’m okay with that. I find aggressive men to be a little scary. I’m not used to it. Donnie seems to intuitively know how to approach me. Pictures of us.

Yay! It’s Donnie!
I love this man. My heart bursts.

After the Sail Away Party, we went to dinner and then got ready for 80s night. So here’s the thing. I live with gay men. I had a big obnoxious headband that I was going to wear but a week before the cruise, one of my gays was playing with my hair things and walked off with it. I didn’t really do 80s night other than a side ponytail and a ton of makeup. A selection of pictures.

This is our game show front row posse. Me, Di (di181 on twitter), Sissy and Abbie. Some of my best friends.
80s fabulocity with Sissy, me and Eliza (elizap77 on twitter).

Sissy got video of us at the game show before it started. She was trying to get me to sing. I’m like Jon. I won’t sing unless someone is singing with me. Abbie came to my rescue. Take a look.

The seats I had for the shows were amazing. We even ended up seated with Abbie, Di, Katy and Irma, who were not even on our floor. It was beautiful serendipity! The game show was hilarious. When Jon had to suck M&Ms through a straw or whatever it was, I yelled, “I can do that!” He used his hand to hold onto the straw. Amateur! Although he did manage to suck M&Ms while having a mint or something in his mouth at the same time. He was rather proud of himself but I yelled that I could do that too. Hahaha! I use my mouth every day instead of my hands. I could have won that dare! Here are some pictures. Yes, I requested Jon’s booty. Sorry. It’s just so…. well, you know.

Epic.
More epic.
The hair! The hair! I will weep if he cuts it.
My favorite men on the planet.
*facepalm* Joseph…
*grab grab grab grab*
Even sideways I’m a booty girl. Sorry Jon.
Those glasses are kind of gay. πŸ™‚
I think this was Jon knowing the answer of what a pleasure place or something was. Kinky bastid.
I don’t think this needs a caption. It’s exactly what it looks like. Ha!
His marshmallow has magical balloon popping powers.
He speaks! Speak again, bright angel!
I don’t know who’s purse this was but Donnie and Jon stole her smokes and lipgloss. Ha!

After the game show, I went out to the lido deck for the 80s party. I was pretty much praying to the 80s gods beforehand that Jon would follow my advice about the big hair, the vest, the rolled jeans, the loafers, etc. I was fully prepared to chase him down and knock him over if he didn’t wear a vest. When they came out and he was wearing exactly what I wanted, I screamed so loud that my voice broke and hasn’t fully recovered yet. And then they busted out the old choreography! We need to go to video for this one.

Awesome, right? I also got a little Joe time on 80s night. He was on his way upstairs, locked eyes with me, came back down and said, “Hey baby,” as he pulled me into a hug. Then he went around and hugged everyone else in the wheelchair section.

Joseph.
Hey baby.

The next day was the beach party at Half Moon Cay. This was the day I was most nervous about because my chair does not do sand and I was terrified of being left behind. Much to my surprise, I was given priority on the tenders so I was one of the first people off the ship that morning after the crew and stuff. People from Rose Tours were very helpful and explained everything very well so that there was no confusion and we were safely transported. There was a brick path all the way from the tender to the pirate ship where the beach party was held and wheelchairs were put up on the pirate ship not far from the DJ. We saw the concert and games from the back but I would rather do that than be stuck out in the sand. Several people passed out from the heat. It was no joke out there.

I have heard people complaining that the concert wasn’t really a concert. It is what it is and can’t be changed now but I would never want to see our guys put on a full show in that heat when people were passing out while doing much less activity. I understand the desire to see them perform but I find it a little ridiculous to make them put on a full show and pass out too. They are performers but they are human beings too and they were all exhausted before they even got to the cruise. I do think that a beach concert was not the greatest idea but the theaters on the ship were not big enough for all of us and they were too exhausted to put on multiple shows along with everything else. They’re not robots. Like Abbie said, “I was on a boat with New Kids on the Block. I have no complaints.”

Since I was marooned on the pirate ship, I expected no time with the guys. I was more concerned with not becoming another victim of heat stroke. They were taking breaks inside the pirate ship though and Donnie came over to the wheelchairs to see how we were doing. He kissed me on the forehead and asked how I was and I asked how he was. He talked about how tired he was and I kind of chastised him for not taking better care of himself. As always, he smiled and turned the conversation back to me. I said, “You look good today even though you’re tired,” and he looked me over and said, “YOU look good.” Yeah. I blushed.

My view of the concert. I watched it through the guys’ eyes.
Donnie talking to me.
You can see me to the right of Jordan’s leg!
I can’t believe I showed this much skin to Donnie and Jon. *blushes*
Sissy doing her best Kim Kardashian.
My sweet Sissy and Maryka.

Donnie even made a point of squirting the wheelchair section with the water gun. He knew how hot everybody was. They all knew. Before the concert, Jon apparently spotted Sissy from inside the pirate ship bar and told his bodyguard to hold on a minute. He sneaked up behind me and played with my hair like he was playing a piano. I thought it was Sissy but I turned around to be greeted by Jon’s sweet smile. I asked how he was doing and his response was not about himself but concern for everybody baking on the beach. He was more concerned about the cruisers than himself. As he was leaving, he bent over so I could kiss him and then he went out to do the show. Later there were beads tossed into the crowd and Di told me that Jon was aiming for cleavage and laughing, which I couldn’t see because I was behind the stage. He walked over to the back of the stage to throw me some beads and Sissy in her pretty pink bikini yelled, “Jon!” and jiggled her boobs at him like it was Mardi Gras. It was hilarious! By the way, Jon, your beads melted on me and turned my skin bright orange.

We left Half Moon Cay after the games because we had been there since the morning. We were hot, thoroughly baked, exhausted, etc. Dinner in the dining room never happened that night because we all went to bed until it was time for the toga/pajama party that night. I chose to forego the toga so I could wear the jersey that Jon gave me for my 28th birthday. It was long on him but it was basically a dress on me. It went past my knees. I never felt so small in my life. Sissy was too sick to come out that night so Maryka and I went by ourselves. We basically all know what the toga party was like with the introductions and the Roman names like Anus the Great and Climaximus. I don’t have pictures of that night yet! Oh well!

The next day was the day that we were docked at Nassau. We were so worn out that we decided not to get off the ship, especially since we had already seen Nassau before. Our only plan was to eat, drink, and be merry by the pool. We set up deck chairs off to the side of the pool and laid out for quite a while. At one point, Sissy got up and waded into the water. I looked at the pool and remembered the look of doubt in Jon’s eyes on the first day and I thought to myself, “If I don’t do this now, I’m never going to do it.” I’m really afraid of water and I chickened out about getting in the ocean but I decided I needed to put my big girl panties on and get in the pool. It Maryka, Sissy, Michelle, Diane, Chris and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few but they picked up my deck chair and took it to the pool and from there, they transferred me into the water.

About two minutes later, Sissy started jumping up and down and waving her arms and yelling. I was like what the hell is she doing? Later she told me that she was yelling, “Donnie! Jessica’s in the pool!” and his face became stunned. All the sudden Donnie’s head pops up over the pool wall and his face spread into a massive smile. He was like, “Look at you swimming around! How does it feel?” He was so excited that I was in the pool that he climbed over the wall and sat on the edge with me for a few minutes. There were four people holding onto me because the ship was rocking and he was just sitting there smiling and watching us. Finally he took a sip of his wine and said, “You guys are so fucking cool.” We chatted a little more and I told him that I told Jon in the food line on the first day that I was going to swim and he made a worried face like he didn’t believe I could do it and Donnie and Earl were both like, “We’re gonna tell him all about this. He’ll know.” Then we took some pictures with me in the pool and Donnie sitting on the edge. He moved on and I got out of the pool. I thought that was my one big Donnie encounter. That was enough really. I expected nothing more. Here are some pictures. I don’t have all of them yet but you get the idea.

Lounge lizard.
In the pool right before Donnie arrived.
He was so happy!
The pool wore me out.

That night at the deck party, Donnie came down the stairs to hug and kiss the people in the disabled section and as he passed me on the way, he caressed my cheek and winked. I watched him walk around talking to everybody else and I stood out of the way because there were people who hadn’t met him yet. On his way back to the stairs, he stopped, touched me very gently, kissed my face and said, “I’m so proud of you.” He walked away and it started to sink in and I started crying. People in my family don’t offer praise of that nature very much. I’m used to being very tough but Donnie taking off his sunglasses, looking at me like I was important to him and saying those words made me totally crumble. It took a good ten minutes to pull myself back together again. Here are some pictures of pink night.

This is my Abbie. She’s a crusader for Komen, the homeless, and anyone in need.
Pink glow.
My beautiful Sissy.
Meet Jon’s herd of hobbits. Katy, Di, Sissy and me. We’re tiny and feisty.

I have to say that pink night really was magical. I don’t think Danny expected such a huge show of support because he got emotional. He said that it was the best birthday of his life. Everybody sang, danced and drank until the wee hours of the morning. I saw Abbie tear up several times because she does a lot of work with Komen and it was all more than anybody ever expected. People docked on the ship next to us were even up on their decks partying and dancing to our music. It was unforgettable.

The next day was the photo op and as soon as I came into the room, Jon didn’t even say hi before he was grinning and trying to say, “I heard you went swimming yesterday.” His voice was completely gone and he was rubbing his throat trying to talk to me. All five of them were clearly …. I don’t know what the right word is …. touched? emotional? moved? that I managed to get in the pool. I was kind of taken aback by it but even big tough Earl was talking to me about it and being protective of me at the deck parties. Every time he walked by, he smiled and stroked my cheek. Even that Johnny guy was doing it too. I didn’t know me getting in the pool would make that kind of impression on them. Maybe it was me looking so relieved that I could get in the pool without freaking out. I don’t know. I truthfully didn’t expect people to react the way they did. I wasn’t looking for attention or anything. I was just trying to overcome my fears and Donnie happened to show up and help me through it. My only regret is that Jon wasn’t there to see it since – to borrow a Southern expression – he was the one who lit a fire under my butt.

The only bad part about the cruise was the mess that was D-Dub’s Back Rub. There were only 250 available seats and hundreds of people showed up hoping to get wristbands. People started to get violent and the mob shoved their way forward. I was almost trampled. I don’t understand why people have to push and shove and get violent when it’s obvious that they’re not going to get inside without a wristband. I started to go into a panic attack and I was pulled out of the line along with my friend Amy (AmesDancesInATL on twitter) who had a very serious panic attack. If people had been patient and orderly, no one would have gotten hurt. I kept saying, “It’s only a show! Relax!” I got inside though and they put me in the front off to the side with Johnny and Kevin. I didn’t get rubbed by the Dub but I truthfully don’t think Donnie feels like he can be “that way” with me. He’s different toward me. It’s a softer kindness, not an aggressive flirtation. I’m okay with that.

Can I just say how beautiful it was to witness Danny’s acoustic performance? I didn’t really have much exposure to his music before but let me tell you – everybody that I could see had tears streaming down their faces. We gave Danny a standing ovation after his first song and even he got emotional. Abbie cried through the whole thing and I was okay until I tried to understand her feelings. I thought to myself, “What if it was Jon?” Yeah. I would have been a front row weepy mess if Jon did any kind of solo performing. I understood Abbie then and I got very choked up too.

This is a lovely man with a deep heart.
Joseph in his bird cage.

Red carpet night was my favorite night. I had a carefully chosen dress that was green and glittery, which reminded me of a mermaid. I have a thing for mermaids. My friends call me Ariel because I have long Disney red hair like her. I kept telling my friends all day that I was dying to get a picture with Jon in his tuxedo. I’m a believer that if you put your wishes out into the universe, they’ll come true, so I articulated that wish several times throughout the day. They came out looking tasty as usual and Jon saw me and waved.

It wasn’t long before he gave a signal that he was going to come downstairs and I plowed over Sissy and Maryka to get to the bottom of the stairs before that space got swamped. I was determined to see that man up close in his tux! He came right to me and pulled me into a hug and a kiss. The first thing he wanted to know was if I went swimming that day and I said no because my body was just so worn out and I had a pressure sore on the back of my leg. We talked a little more and I was afraid he was going to leave so I said, “Can I please, please, please get a picture with you?” He smiled big and said, “Yes, yes, yes!” and we squished up together for our picture. Problem! Sissy’s camera was stuck on zoom! Jon took the camera from Sissy and started pushing all the buttons. Finally, he was like, “Your camera’s broken!” Maryka came to the rescue and took a picture with her camera, which I don’t have yet. I kissed him again and he was trying to get around to other people but it was really crowded. He grabbed my chair and climbed over my lap and started laughing. I didn’t hear all of it but he made a joke about falling in my lap, jamming the joystick, spinning around and throwing me into the hot tub. That really tickled him. I kept trying to back out of his way so he could see other people and I squished Sissy in the process. Sorry Sissy. Jon is a lot bigger than me and I didn’t want him to trip on me. He talked to us a little more before he went back upstairs. I was happy as a clam that I got my Jon tuxedo time and I went to bed after that. Here are some pictures.

My best friends, Sissy and Maryka.
Someone got us all paparazzi style!
*whispers* He’s touching me. *dead*
The “your camera’s broken!” zoomed in picture. Maryka has the other picture. Don’t look at me. I’m awful.
Jon talking to me. I’m a hobbit. You can’t see me.
I think he was talking to another fan and glanced at me so a picture was snapped.
More paparazzi action.
He’s messing with Sissy’s camera.
Jon talking to a lovely fan in the disabled section.

I’m home now. What can I say about this cruise? It was a four-day party, but really, it was so much more than that to me. I bonded with Donnie and Jon in wonderful ways and I became so much closer to my friends. Nobody made me feel like “that girl in a wheelchair” and that was the best gift. True, I probably overdid it because I developed a pressure sore on the back of my thigh, I’m so sunburned that I can’t wear shorts right now, and somebody gave me some kind of virus because I have a fever and terrible congestion, but would I do it all again? Absolutely. The entire cruise was worth it just to bond with my friends and have Donnie and Jon be so thrilled that I overcame my fear of water to swim. This cruise was so much more emotional than my first cruise. We have a bond as fans with NKOTB that cannot be broken. I’m convinced that no other band on the planet cares about their fans as much as Donnie, Jon, Jordan, Danny and Joe do. There were several times when I just wanted to hug each of them and say, “You have such a bright, beautiful soul.” I will never forget my time with these guys. They have made me experience life in ways that I never could have imagined. I don’t know if I will ever be able to return the favor but I hope they know how much I love them.

My mother took this picture the day I got home. My dog came running outside to greet me like I had been gone for a year and I crawled straight into bed. Daisy always tilts her head when I watch videos of Jon on YouTube. She’s a little Jon girl, so I put the beads he gave me on her.

I love you, Jon. I love you, Donnie. I’ll see you at Fenway and we’ll hug it out. It’s my one and only meet and greet for this tour, so y’all better love up on me while you can. I already miss Maryka, Sissy, Abbie, Di, Katy, Chris, Michelle, and so forth like I miss family. When I think of everything they did to make me feel included in everything for the cruise, it makes my heart explode with love. I know Donnie and Jon aren’t my friends but I love them like they are, whether that’s right or wrong. They encourage me to stretch myself and try new things even though they might not be aware of it. My hope is that I can show up at concerts and events and be a calming, positive influence on them. There is so much drama and they work so hard. I just want to help them like they help me.

112 responses to “NKOTB Cruise 2011”

  1. rbowers says:

    >Like your blog.

  2. kerryterrell says:

    >Thanks so much for sharing this with us! So glad you had a great time with the guys and true friends. You make me feel like I was there with you.

  3. Athenaspal says:

    >Thank you so much for the great blog! I always enjoy hearing about the NKOTB Cruise shenanigans, and you have a fantastic style of writing.

    Also, great job on getting into the water! Isn't it such a wonderful feeling when you overcome one of your fears?

    I'm so glad to hear you had a good time. πŸ™‚

  4. cams2b1 says:

    >I Love reading this. I am glad you had a great time.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >Ahhhh…I don't "do" twitter, but MY how I have missed reading your write ups from back in the nkotb.com "free" site! Thanks Jessica! I got to live vicaryously thru your experience! And I am fulfilled! (((HUGS))) from another NK fan!

  6. Anonymous says:

    >I love you Jessica… such a beautiful story. I'm in tears and I'm honored to know you.
    Love you loads,

    Chris

  7. WendyFromGeneva says:

    >thank you for sharing Jessica, you have some wonderful friends. i'm so happy your cruise time turned out so wonderful,they are the most amazing men i've ever met,they have such big hearts. i hope to be on that cruise next year to experience that amazing feeling. feel better hun

  8. Priscilla says:

    >I absolutely loved your blog. You had me teary eyed through a few parts, and I can't blame it on this evil cold/cough/flu/Victorian Era consumption I've got this time. So proud of you for going into the water!

  9. Sissy Hand says:

    >I am honored to have been able to spend the weekend with you and Marijka! It was unforgettable, and I would do it again in a heartbeat! You are a strong woman, and don't give yourself enough credit. You are such an inspiration and an amazing friend! I love you and miss you (you will always be my lil wifey) <3.

  10. Rachel McCauley Photography says:

    >Thank you for sharing for people who couldn't be there! Loved your blog. Sounds like you had the best time. I don't think I could ever talk to them without fainting. πŸ™‚

  11. Teresa Thomas says:

    >Thanks for sharing your experience. Glad to hear you had a great time. πŸ™‚

  12. Kristen says:

    >Thank You for sharing!!! Maybe I'll see you at Fenway!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    >That is a great blog, thanks for sharing.

  14. Anonymous says:

    >What a fantastic blog of your trip, it made me smile and I loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experiences, I'm so glad you had such an amazing time! : )

  15. cro81owens says:

    >aww this is a very sweet blog

  16. Andrea says:

    >What an amazing blog!!! Thank.you for sharing your cruise adventure with us!! It warmed my heart! I saw you several times on the boat having so much fun!! This world is a better place with you in it. A beautiful heart and positive outlook on life! Thank you for being awesome!!!

  17. Kristin says:

    >It looks like you had a blast! I've met Donnie before. He is such a sweet, kind-hearted gentleman. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome pictures and story! You are an inspiration!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    >What a fantastic blog. Thank you for sharing this!

  19. Anonymous says:

    >Thanks for sharing your story with us. Iam glad u had an fun time with the men from Boston.

  20. Sarah? says:

    >Unbelievably jealous!

    I went to see NKOTB twice back in the early 90's in London, UK when i was just a teenager… Jordan, wow…he hasn't changed one bit.

    Thank you for sharing this…

    Sarah x

  21. Sarah? says:

    >Unbelievably jealous!

    I went to see NKOTB twice back in the early 90's in London, UK when i was just a teenager… Jordan, wow…he hasn't changed one bit.

    Thank you for sharing this…

    Sarah x

  22. Anonymous says:

    >HI THERE
    THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORY,PICS AND TIME ON THE CRUISE IT MADE FOR FAB READING

    MUCH LOVE FROM THE UK

    SARGE_PAULINE XXXX

  23. aminah says:

    >I absolutely loved it!!! I almost thought i was gonna be a tad bit jealous.. but no way! I'm beyond happy for you! Happy that all the boys gave you some sweet, sweet love! Thats our boys for us huh? πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much for sharing! you honestly didn't have too but you did, and that means alot. πŸ™‚

    Take care!
    – Aminah (JKMYKnightLight on twitter)

  24. Krissi says:

    >Perfect <3 I loved the part at the end where you got home and spent the day with your baby πŸ™‚ Mine were the same way!! I remember walking by the designated section and thought someone threw a drink at me, but it was a bundle of beads. My friend and I came in and handed them out to each of you in that section. You had the best view πŸ™‚ Look up my name on youtube vduubgirl for my cruise videos. πŸ™‚

  25. Annie says:

    >What a beutiful way you write , i had the pleasure of meeting you on the pirate ship and your friends all great people xxx Annie

  26. Anonymous says:

    >Thanks for sharing. I did feel like I was right there with you πŸ™‚
    angiegirlie on Twitter

  27. JKS_POCKETGIRL says:

    >You're such an amazing writer. I had tears in my eyes at a few places. So glad you shared your experience with us. I'm so happy that this NKOTB reunion has brought you such wonderful friends.

  28. Kristi Shepherd says:

    >What a Great blog..im glad youhad fun..Ill see you at Fenway.

  29. Kristi Shepherd says:

    >What a Great blog..im glad youhad fun..Ill see you at Fenway.

  30. mini_manfa says:

    >I absolutely adore you. You have such a beautiful soul and never let anything get you down. Im soooo happy you had a wonderful cruise (apart from the mob on Back Rub day – that made me glad to be at Stretchify instead….) and as for your friends, they are true angels that walk this earth. Thankyou for sharing your experiences and if we do this all again next year – I would love to meet you in person as didnt get chance this time round…..

    In the interim, enjoy Fenway Park and keep us posted x

  31. Anonymous says:

    >I am @DDubsDiva on twitter. I found this by Donnie adding this. Not sure if you know but he did. I read and looked at everything. Thankyou for writing such a heart felt blog. Enjoyed the pics and videos. Took me back to my teenage years. Especially watching "My Favorite Girl" video you posted. I am glad you got to experience this and have great memories you can take with you FOREVER. I wasn't there and no I wouldn't think you would be showing off. IF anyone does. Its on them. You were celebrating with others your experience. For someone who didn't go I THANK YOU for sharing. I was always and will ALWAYS be a Donnie girl. If you are on twitter please add me. My name is Terri. On youtube I am donnie4eva! Thanks again for posting.

  32. Denise Woodby says:

    >Thank you for sharing your experience on the cruise. I saw you a few times while there and next time I will be sure to introduce myself.
    Donnie and Jon are totally amazing and this year was my first cruise and I got more Donnie love then I could ever imagine but none caught on camera which is ok. All of them were just wonderful in the photo op!
    I'm glad you had an amazing time.

  33. Christine says:

    >Thank you so much for sharing your story!! Abbie is an angel…and it looks like she was in good company. I am so happy that you have such a great time!! And on a final note…I am proud of you too!

  34. Sheri's Blog says:

    >I think this is an amazing blog and I thank you for posting all of these great pictures.

    You are adorable!

  35. Michelle Moore says:

    >This was great…you made my eyes water abit, but I'm a big mush anyway πŸ™‚ I hope to one day meet the guys…or I should say I dream about it!! Thank you for sharing, especially for those of us that were unable to attend…maybe next year!!

  36. Ellen says:

    >Loved hearing your story. It's obvious this is a memory you will treasure for the rest of your life.

  37. Anonymous says:

    >great story πŸ™‚ love you:)

  38. Anonymous says:

    >You and your blog are very beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing your experience!

  39. Anonymous says:

    >Terrific blog! Thank you for sharing with the rest of us who couldnt be there. You are truely an inspiration and I belive that Donnie and Jon feel that you are a friend to them.
    -Tonya
    Lawrenceburg, IN

  40. Habsgirl22 says:

    >Thanks for sharing with us! Way to go girl (for the pool)!!

  41. Lori or @JksTINKBella says:

    >Jess it was a pleasure to meet you in Miami port before we boarded. I wish I had spent some time talking to you! You are an incredible lovely woman and I loved reading your blog!

  42. Ana says:

    >Hello Jessica. I don't know you, but I think you are great. I discovered you through Donnie, and your experience made me feel a lot of beautiful things. I'll continue reading your blog, so take care. A lot of kisses from Spain. πŸ˜‰

  43. Monica Covington says:

    >Thank you so much for sharing you amazing adventures on the cruise. I had the privilege of meeting NKOTB 20 years ago and still talk about it today. They are an amazing group of guys and I will always love them.

  44. Anonymous says:

    >Your writing is beautiful, it takes us right along with you during your experience. I'm so happy they treated you well on the cruise. I am a mother of a daughter with cerebral palsy who shares love of NKOTB, I know how hard it can be at concerts with her. She is mobile but we sometimes put her in a wheelchair so she doesn't get knocked over and hurt. I hope the very best for you in your life ahead.

  45. Mary says:

    >Found your blog via Donnie on Twitter. Thanks so much for sharing your cruise experience. I live in the UK and can't afford to go on the cruise so reading your blog gave me an insight into what it is like. Didn't think you were showing off at all, don't think that. The way the guys treat you sounds amazing, they really are great guys. And you sound as though you are a strong and fun loving person. Anyway, thanks again for writing this and enjoy the show at Fenway (ask the guys for me if they're coming to UK!).

  46. betina says:

    >Aw thanks sooo much for sharing everything with us. ItΒ΄s almost like being on the cruise myself. I hope to go it there is going to be another one, but Denmark is soo far away.

    I must say I was touched by you way of writing, I could almost feel your emotions…
    Keep on writing girl. I would love to read it all.

    Tons of Love from Denmark.

  47. Anonymous says:

    >Your blog is amazing. Your attitude is amazing. Thank you, thank, you, thank you for sharing your experience. I felt like I made it on the boat for a little while and you touched my heart.

    <3
    @lostinsuburbia

  48. Deanna V says:

    >Thank you soo much for sharing this, it brought a tear to my eye! So glad you had a wonderful time, you're pictures are great!!!

  49. Kat or @Kat2824 says:

    >Thank you sooo much for sharing this with us!!!! I wasn't able to go on the cruise and reading your blog made me feel like I was there!! I loved it , I was smiling from ear to ear the whole time, I got to read your blog cause Donnies Tweet πŸ™‚ so I'm gonna thank him for that later (yup I'm a Donnie girl) .. Thanks again for posting it , and I'm so glad you had an awesome time!!!! πŸ™‚

  50. Melissa Duncan says:

    >WOW, what a story. I can say that I am a Backstreet Boys fan and reading this makes me more excited for my cruise BUT not for my moments but for the moments of other people meeting them for the first time and having the "moments" with them. I am soo proud of you for over coming your fear and going in the water even if it was for a few moments. All that face time really made your trip memorable!

    Congrats to you! Your blog made me cry in a good way

  51. Anonymous says:

    >I hope to experience not being "that girl in a wheelchair" just once and I hope if I ever have that moment…its as good as your series of moments.

    To know the cruise ship has such spacious rooms is encouraging to me if there's a '12 cruise & I can go.

  52. Laura (grinchygirl74 on twitter) says:

    >Thank you for sharing! I went on the cruise in 2009. Since then I have had a baby and have not been able to go on another cruise. I just loved your blog and pictures…it made me feel like I did not miss a thing! You and your blog have touched my heart!

  53. Leilani Phinney says:

    >Thank you so much for posting this! I feel like I went on the cruise! Jon is my favorite NKOTB also. Always has been, always will!!

  54. Anonymous says:

    >Your Blog rocks girl!!!! You are very inspirational…. I enjoyed seeing all your pics and reading about your experience. I really wanted to be there but by you sharing this made me feel a little bit there and bring a huge smile to my face! I would love to follow you on Twitter and hope you will add me also πŸ™‚ I am @amieelynne God Bless Ya!!! Hugs!!!

  55. Anonymous says:

    >Thank you so very much for sharing with us. You gave us all a glimpse into what the trip was like and for that we are all so thankful. Your experience made me love the guys even more. Congratulations on swimming. I've swam since I was 6 months old and feel like I'm half fish. I know after some time you too will feel at home in the water. It's a very peaceful place to be. There are so many different floating devices that once you find one you like I bet you'd be comfortable testing the ocean waters as well. You did it! You overcame your fear. Now the possibilities are endless. I love how you take all of the things people tell you that you can't do and prove them wrong by doing them. You are a true inspiration!

  56. Jodie says:

    >Dear Jessica,
    I absolutely loved reading your blog. You are so genuine, down to earth, sincere and freakin' funny! I love your photo captions! I'm so glad you had a great time on the cruise. It was my first cruise and it really was more than just a trip. It put me in a different frame of mind and I am grateful. I agree that those 5 boys from Boston are more giving and caring than I can imagine any other band out there. They almost care too much as I also worry about them getting enough rest, etc. We want to keep them healthy for a long time! πŸ˜‰ Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed your blog and would love to read more from you some time. If I am lucky enough to cruise again and I see you there, I would love to meet another fan. Take care,
    Jodie Stauffer (on Facebook)
    Toronto, ON

  57. Anonymous says:

    >I loved your story! I was standing near you a few nights and saw How much fun you were having. I was so happy to see the guys take the time to go in to the roped off area to see you guys. They really have good hearts and I am proud to be a fan. Have fun at Fenway, I will be there too! πŸ™‚ @lonibash on twitter.

  58. Anonymous says:

    >Delores said….
    u are an inspriation on life…u let nothing get in your way…i had tears flowing a few times while reading your blog..there is no better group than NKOTB..been a fan since i was 12(gonna be 34 in july)..i am hoping that i get to go next years cruise.. from @dlgilley66 on twitter..donnie posted this on twitter…u really inspired him with your blog..Donnie is just that way..(understanding)

  59. Anonymous says:

    >Thanks for sharing your experience with us! I don't know that I'll ever cruise with them (not just a money issue… a SEASICK issue) πŸ˜‰ but you gave us a piece of what it was like to be there. Hugs!!
    (@HugChick)

  60. Anonymous says:

    >Love the blog about your cruise with NKOTB!! I am glad that you got to meet them and got over your fear of the water! I am happy that you got great friends for you having so much fun on the cruise and not to be left out. Jon's my fav NK and love all your pics. Glad that someone took papparrazi pics of Jon and you on Red Carpet Night. Mary (aka: Jons_Hostess on Twitter).

  61. Sara Mahoney says:

    >Saw Donnie's tweet with your blog link. Awesome photos and stories. I loved all of it. Looks like you guys had a great time!! I love those guys too!

  62. TwugginDDub says:

    >Hey Jessica. My name is Sarah (@TwugginDDub on Twitter) and I just wanted to say that I love your blog, sweetheart!! I had a blast just reading your experiences with the guys! I'm very glad you posted this – I felt like I was right there next to you! I'm so glad you overcame your fear of water! I wish to meet you someday soon — maybe #NKOTBCRUISE2012!?!? If you see this comment, I want you to know that you inspire me. Thank you.
    -Sarah
    AKA
    TWUGGY

  63. Anonymous says:

    >What a great recap! I was on the cruise too, but could not have said it all better than that! You are inspiring and I can tell through your words, you have a beautiful soul!
    Thank you for sharing it!!!!

  64. Anonymous says:

    >Hi Jessica,

    Love, love your blog about the cruise! I loved all of the pictures. You and your friends looked so beautiful and I am so glad the cruise line and the tour company were accomodating to make your trip the best it can be. I saw this because Donnie tweeted it and I'm really glad I read it. After having a stressful day at work, it was the perfect thing to cheer me up! Thank you so much! I'll be at Fenway as well. If by chance I see you among the crowd of people, I hope you don't mind if I say hello. πŸ™‚ I'm @tracemick on Twitter.

    Thanks again and happy NKOTB dreams!

    Tracey

  65. PinkCoveredDEW (on twitter) says:

    >AWESOME blog!,TOTALLY made me feel like i was there with everyone sharing in that EPIC AND AMAZING experience:),im SO glad you had a blast,being in a wheelchair myself i know how hard it can be sometimes,and feeling left out of everything(which unfortunately is common) doesn't make it any easier but I'm glad that you had such amazing people around you that did everything they could to make u feel included! BH sisterhood is a sisterhood like no other!we all have a bond that's INDESTRUCTIBLE! <3

  66. Give Peas A Chance says:

    >oh I looove your post! I'm just starting to work on mine. <3

  67. Amy says:

    >I found your blog from Donnie's twitter. Thank you so much for sharing!! I am so glad you had such a great time! You're a trooper! <3

  68. Rachael says:

    >I was on the crusie and everytime I saw u and ur friends togther I got tears in my eyes not of saddness but PRIDE. I watched them lift u from ur chair to the lounge chair ready to jump in if needed. We are truly blessed to have u as a BH next year I am going to introduce myself and wow ur FRIENDS are amazing Love u Jess

  69. Anonymous says:

    >Thank you so much for sharing. I have never been on a nkotb cruise, but you made it seem like I was there…I am so inspired, proud and happy about your experience…truly amazing, to say the least. I hope I get to meet you sometime… I am glad Donnie tweeted this for us to read. Stacey Zylinski (on facebook) #LOVE

  70. Veronica says:

    >Looks like u had an amazing time!!! I had a blast this year… I love love love ur pics! South beach was so much fun. I did see u around the boat but never said hello…its just u always had ppl around u having full on conversations and to be honest I only know of u. But maybe someday we will meet! Have fun at ur meet and greet!!! And see ya next year on the boat πŸ˜‰

    Veronica aka @jordansgirl81

  71. Anonymous says:

    >I'm so glad you shared your blog! I love NKOTB as well, but wasn't able to go on the criuse. So that was like I was there! Hopefully next yr. Your story really hit home, I work with people with disabilities. There are 8 men in a group home that I help and their like my brothers or my sons. Your a very srong willed person! Thanks for sharing!

  72. Marina Ayelen says:

    >Thnx for sharing, I have never seen NKOTB live, when I used to live in the States I was too young and now that I'm all grown up I live in the economically challenged-Argentina, so financially it's really hard. A couple of years back I got the chance to meet Jordan and Joe because they came to promote their solo albums.
    Your pictures and comments have made me feel part of it all. Thank you very much for making all of the fans that couldn't make it part of it all. Love Ash

  73. Anonymous says:

    >Thank you for sharing… I enjoyed reading your blog. You are an inspiration to all!

  74. Sylvia (Silvergold7 on Twitter) says:

    >Absolutely exciting blog. Thanks for sharing! I loved it! OMG! Jordan is gorgeous & Donnie is my fav & so very handsome by far. Wowwy! Wowwy! Wowwy! And woo!!! I was at the 1st cruise in May 2009. If I had it my way, I would have gone to all of the cruises. Hope to be at the next. Congrats to you!

  75. Gloria says:

    >Thank you for sharing your experience Jessica! So happy that you enjoyed yourself and super proud of you for getting into the water. You have amazing friends! I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you in the future…you are an inspiration! (I absolutely love ur witty sense of humor)

    @Donnies_Hashtag

  76. Selena (@appljce7) says:

    >What a beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing. I absolutely love your pic with Jon!!

  77. @blockstrong says:

    >Great blog! Glad you had such a blast! You know what is funny…I saw you on Red Carpet night and I told my friends, "how cute, look she looks like a mermaid"! IT WAS YOU!! hee hee

  78. Priya288 (twitter) says:

    >Hello Jessica, here's a huuuuuge hug all the way from India!!! Bless your beautiful soul! Hugs!

  79. Kathy West says:

    >Jessica, thank you so much for sharing your story. I have a 11 year old son who has cerebral palsy, so I know it must be like to be in a wheelchair. You are beautiful and amazing. I have to say I am also a little inveous that you got to go on the cruise. I have wanted to go for the past two years, but with a special needs child it is really hard to leave them behind. Maybe next year! God bless you!

  80. Anonymous says:

    >You look like you had an amazing time!!! Thanks for sharing! NKOTBSB!!!

  81. nomaddog says:

    >I knew there was a reason I needed to wait to see your blog- after some disruptive news this evening I was fortunate to switch gears by smiling over your pics and comments- Dark Knights, Marshmallows, Moobs and all!! I love the picture of the stage overlooking the ocean- breath of Heaven- but, my fav is the pic of you and your Daisy. Love, love, love the doggie luv πŸ™‚ Thanks for the post!

  82. miss joey says:

    >Thank you so much for sharing! I am so glad you had such a great time and that you got your jon tuxedo time! bonus!Your blog did make help easy my envy of not going,thanks for the details! love it love it love! @donniesfavorite

  83. Anonymous says:

    >Thanks for sharing and using one of my pics! What a beautifully written lovely story!

  84. Anonymous says:

    >Hi Jessica!Thank you for sharing your Cruise experience! It looks like you had a blast!! Im sooo happy you had a wonderful time. I enjoyed the pictures too. Hopefully,I get to go on the next cruise. Take care!!! Suzette : @Suzette201

  85. Chari says:

    >Thanks for sharing that amazing story, It felt like I was there. I found out but the cruise the cruise to late to go, but if there is one next year I'm there. Also glad u overcame your fear of the water. You looked like u were having a amazing time. Have fun at fenway I'll be seeing NKOTBSB in Orlando.

  86. Anonymous says:

    >thank you, Jessica for this blog! For those of us who couldn't be there, you made it feel like we were. im so glad you had such a good experience and a fun time! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! love the guys and am so happy to read this and see your pics! xoxo
    @Sugarlips1313

  87. Anonymous says:

    >Thank you so much for your blog. I am from Spain! Since Donnie has retweet your blog, people from all over the world will see it, how does it feel?

  88. Lainey says:

    >OMG!! Think I just cried buckets and I wasn't even there!

    Thank you so much for this blog… I did feel as tho I had been there and the pics… wow! I love Jon and Donnie too and the way they came across in your write-up just made me love them more!

    So glad you were able to overcome your fear of the water… fears aren't easy to beat and even though I don't know you personally… I for one am also proud of you for doing that in such a 'public' arena.

    Again… thank you for your write-up… I am so gonna try and cruise at least once… it just costs so much money! πŸ™‚

    Have a good day…

    Love…

    @LaineyGillon

  89. Anonymous says:

    >Jessica,
    Thank you for writing such a beautiful blog on the cruise. You tell the guys they have beautiful souls, but my feelings are: your soul is so beautiful and bright, just gorgeous! You live with such passion and determination, that is a gift not many people understand or value.
    Cherish all the memories.
    Lots of love and hugs,

    Nanda Bennink (@taartmetpassie on Twitter) from The Netherlands

  90. Alison says:

    >Wow!! You sound amazing!!! You had me in tears while I was reading this. I really appreciate you blogging your time on the cruise. Sadly I couldn't go as I live in the UK plus I have a 2 year old to look after but reading your blog and looking at the photos it made me feel as if I was actually there!

    You are such an inspiration and it makes you think that no matter what hand you are dealt with in life, you just have to get over it and get on with it. You sound like such a lovely person and also a proud New Kids fan! I have loved them since I was 12 and am now 33 and you sound how I would be if I ever met them.

    God bless you xxxxx

  91. Anonymous says:

    >first of all, i am proud to be a part of the blockhead sisterhood with you!! you are an amazing person. thank you so much for sharing your private moments of the cruise with us. i have never made it on the boat, but plan to go next year (PRAYING!)…your encounters with the guys were what we all dream about. congrats to you on having such a wonderful time, and bonding with the guys. i'm glad donnie tweeted this so i could read it!
    sassy@knight

  92. Anonymous says:

    >sorry that's "sassy2knight"

  93. Melissa says:

    >Thank you so much for sharing! I was also on the cruise and it was so nice to relive the whole trip through your blog! You are awesome and I thank you so much for taking the time to detail all you experienced! Hope to meet you on the cruise next year!

  94. Jennifer says:

    >What a wonderful recap of the cruise. I've never been on one. Couldn't this time because I'm pregnant. But your experiences of the cruise was simply amazing. You definately did not shove it in my face. I read with a smile on my face the whole time. Especially the old school video….so many fans would love to see that, however, if they never find you they will never see it. Congratulations on going in the pool. I'm sure that was fun for you but even better for Donnie to acknowledge you and sit and talk. He looked genuine in the photo. Just know that so many people love!!!!! your blog and photos. I would love to see more of them. Love, a block head

  95. Anonymous says:

    >Jessica,
    This was an awesome blog. You really captured your whole experience in pictures & words so well. I'm glad Donnie tweeted it, otherwise I wouldn't have had the pleasure of reading it. Hope to see you on the boat in 2012. πŸ™‚
    -@JustForNewKids
    (Sandra)

  96. Meleah says:

    >Thanks for writing this, great to re-live all these moments. I met so many cool people on the boat, unfortunately you weren't one of them. So glad you had as much fun as we did! And yes, Jon looked amazing in his tux, and I'm not a Jon girl.

  97. Jennbirdy says:

    >Awesome. Loved reading this. πŸ™‚

  98. @inlovewnkotb says:

    >I saw you there, and i was so happy to see you have a great time. I remember you from last years cruise also. Your the best girl, and i am so proud of you for getting into that pool. Your friends are true and loving. those are the people you keep for ever and ever πŸ™‚

  99. Anonymous says:

    >Great read, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to share your story. Looks like you had an amazing time ; 0 )

    @Greeneyes33916

  100. Mary O'Neill says:

    >Hey Jessica,

    Thank you so much for writtting this blog and posting up the photos of the cruise. I've never had the chance to see the New Kids live before but i will for the first time this June when they come to Montreal. Your blog made me smile because for a brief second I felt like i was on the cruise as well. Have a wonderful summer and good luck writting your future novels or short stories. Cheers πŸ™‚

  101. ivdf10 says:

    >I'm so happy for you, Jessica. Your overall strengh and the whole novel about the cruise made me so emotional I had tears down my cheeks. I'm a 38 old man from Madrid, Spain, who loves NKOTB since I was a teenager. Fortunately I had the chance to meet them in London back in '09. And I can fully understand what you mean about how the guys feel so close to their fans and make you go higher. I had a great time with Donnie and Joe at the M&G in particular, cuz they loved the fact that I was a guy loving a boy band since my school days and having a hard time from guys all the time, you know the drill, Jessica… Joe actually ran and grabbed Donnie and told him my whole story. Donnie was so gracious and cool to me he even shared with me a couple of surprises in store for the show and when they got up the balcony for tonight he waved at me. So, you have my full support. And let me tell you I love the fact that you love your dog so much, and she does you too. I have 2 dogs that are so important to me you'd not imagine. Thank you for sharing your experiences at the cruise. L.O.V.E.

  102. Anonymous says:

    >Thank you thank you thank you for sharing all your feelings.So sweet!Take care of you and have fun with the guys!NKOTB are our angels!Hugs from Milan.

  103. JKsgirlBoyz2Men Lolly says:

    >Thank you for blogging I am in a wheelchair too. Looks like you had fun on the cruise! I am going to try to go if I can save enough money!

  104. Anonymous says:

    >Thanks for sharing this blog. Love that you had fun & got a lot of time with Jon/Donnie. Those 2 are the sweetest! Im also in a wheelchair, im glad the staff took special care of the ones disabled. I am so gonna try for Cruise 2012! But I get my Birthday 5 STAR this Thursday! I cant wait! Im gonna give Jon a BIG Bear hug! His hugs are the best! Still not sure if im gonna ask for a kiss on the cheek though. I hate being shy! lol.

    Sarah – @KnightGirlSarah

  105. GorgeousKiwiGal says:

    >You are an amazing young woman, Jessica. I am only sad that I didn't officially get to meet you on the Cruise. What a true heartfelt inspiration your warm spirit, talent for writing and zest for life is to us all. You make me so proud to be a Blockhead and to have people like you in our BH family.

    Hope to see you at a show in the future, doll πŸ™‚ xx

    P.S. I love Ariel too :)!!

  106. Anonymous says:

    >What a great blog! Thanks for taking the time to detail everything! So glad you had a fabulous, treasured time with your dear BHs and the guys. BTW, I have a Daisy-dog too πŸ™‚

  107. Jessica aka JessieluvsNKOTB says:

    >Thank you for sharing your blog. It was great. It made me feel like I was a part of it. I hope to go next year. Sounds like you had a great time and many wonderful memories that you will cherish forever! Thanks again for taking the time to write the blog.

  108. CatBoy says:

    >When I got your e-mail (I reserved a reading) saying you were going to be on vacation, I had no idea just how wild a vacation you had in mind. Just reading of your adventure was a bit of an adventure; glad to see what an excellent time you had of it.

  109. Anonymous says:

    >This blog is beautifull! Thank you for sharing your wonderfull experience. This is exactly what I was hoping for every time I saw you 'rolling' by…

    Have fun at Fenway!

    xoxo Vanessa @_nessepes from Holland

  110. ts.dianamtz.ang1618 says:

    >hola: soy una chica de MΓ©xico y sin recursos econΓ³micos para conocer a los nkotb y gracias a ti sentΓ­ estar en ese crucero muchas gracias por que tu en este dΓ­a 04 de junio del 2011 me as echo sentir lo que tu sentiste con donni y jon eternamente gracias y me gustarΓ­a ser tu amiga conocerte eres una persona hermosa sin mas te dejo mi correo me encantarΓ­a estar en contacto con tigo mi correo es ts.dianamtz.ang1618@hotmail.com por favor ponte en contacto con migo no sabes como me hace falta tener una amiga como tu sin muchas gracias atte. diana martinez anguiano

  111. Anonymous says:

    >Your blog is awesome! I was on the cruise too and it brought back lots of great memories. You and I didn't officially meet on the cruise but you came by me when we were in the crazy Backrub line. I was getting a little scared myself! I'm glad we were both able to make it in. I was a little sad we had to miss Jon's Bingo though.
    I am really glad you were able to overcome your fear of the water. New Kids have helped me face one of my fears of singing in front of people. I auditioned in Atlanta for Jordan Idol. I still had a LOT of anxiety but I had fun doing it and the crowd was singing along with me. Pretty awesome! I was able to "just do it" because it was something they were involved with.
    I am also glad you were able to have the Jon and Donnie time that you did. I am a Donnie girl but I love different things about all the guys. I am happy with the moments I had with them on the cruise as well. I know we talk about it a lot but it really is a unique and wonderful relationship we have with "our guys" πŸ™‚
    Hopefully we will see you at Fenway! Looking forward to hearing about your experience there as well.
    Amanda and Edmund (@Amanleigh)

  112. Gina LaGuardia says:

    >I happened upon your post researching the cruise since I just booked myself on the 2012 one… I SO enjoyed it. What a fantastic recollection of an amazing time. Thanks so much for sharing. Will you be sailing again in June?

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