Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The True Tales of a Cruise Ship Entertainer

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The True Tales of a Cruise Ship Entertainer

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Confessor: Matt Yee

Location: Based in Honolulu

Favorite industry film: Titanic

Pet Peeve: "I hate leaving my boyfriend of 10 years onshore. It sucks."

Do you ever get seasick? I got seasick on my first night of my very first cruise. I thought, Oh, great, them goes my career on ships. The purser, this big friendly black gal, said, "Honey, just let it go!" go I didn't fight it, and I just let it all come up. That worked for me. Now I wear the wristbands, and I don't have a problem.

What's the most stable part of a ship? The middle of the ship on the lower floors. That's where Royal Caribbean places the ice skating rink. And that's where we "carnies" (that's what I like to call us entertainers) usually live. I here's the comedian the contortionist, the guy who flies around the stage, a couple singers--a real circus.

What's the difference between working on straight cruises and gay cruises? I love doing the gay Atlantis cruises the most. …

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