Last year, I became a clown, Sir Toony Van Dukes. I booked a room on the Clown Cruise so I could have a fun vacation and continue to grow as a clown. I have put together pictures from the cruise. They are organized on three pages. One page with the clown activities, one with all of the clowns in costume, and one of the shore excursions and ship activities.
I just got back from the Clown Cruise 2009 on the brand new Ruby Princess. Earl Chaney, "Mr. Clown", was the guest host for the clown cruise. Other instructors on the cruise included Linda "Flo" Hulet, Jim "Jimbo" Hunsinger and Bethany "Beppie" Lopez, and Nicole "Maggie the Clown" Portwood. The group had about 35 clowns and 15 non-clown family members.
Mike's Embarcation picture
Mike ready to go on the first day of the Clown Cruise 2009
The cruise had clown activities planned for our two full days at sea and in the afternoons of the other days. The group ate dinner together each night at 6:00pm and many of the clowns gathered in the evenings for balloon and magic jam sessions.
Choo Choo twisting balloons at a balloon jam on the first night
Sunday was our first day at sea. We had a full day of clown workshops planned. The first was on Makeup Applications and three clowns put on their clown makeup.
Linda "Flo" Hulet getting ready to demo putting on her clown makeup.
Jim "Jimbo" Hunsinger getting ready to demo putting on his clown makeup.
Linda "Flo" Hulet putting on her clown makeup.
Jim "Jimbo" Hunsinger putting on his clown makeup.
Clowns watching Jimbo and Flo put on their clown makeup.
Linda "Flo" Hulet
Flo, Jimbo, and Nobody
The morning continued with a class on face and body painting. They had a list of "cheek art" designs that each person was to paint. The group picked the "best" design for each grouping. I won the "Best Snake."
Two colorful outfits during the face and body painting session.
In the afternoon, we had a session on beginner balloons.
Johnny Lee modeling the scuba gear
Jimbo showing some of the balloon animals
Then we had a session on juggling. Nicole had scarves for everyone to try. I actually found juggling scarves harder than juggling balls. She also had some other props including spinning plates, clubs, and diablo for people to try.
Nicole Portwood teaching how to juggle scarves
Linda Hulet and Earl Chaney giving a lecture on clown Do's and Don'ts
Mike showing off the jester hat he made
Thursday was our second full day at sea. In the morning we had two sessions. One on making sock puppets and one on props and giveaway items.
Mike showing off his sock puppet
Students ready for one of the clown workshops on props
Mike's Dragonfly Balloon
Darlene's Birthday Cake