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Day 5: Final Full Day on the Cruise

Posted on May 7, 2018 by under Travel, Zumba.    

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Our final full day on the cruise started out really interesting. We met and chatted with the “gringo bass player” for Locos Por Juana, David Pransky, over breakfast. He’s a really interesting fellow. Here it is almost eight in the morning. Brian and I are starting our day and David has yet to go to bed from partying the night before.

We tried not to stay up too late at night. Well, mostly me, because I had early morning Zumba classes almost everyday. Brian could always go back to our cabin after breakfast and take a nap, which he often did.

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Here are some other folks we had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with at breakfast. This is a group of friendly Filipino-Canadians.

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I couldn’t resist taking pics of the Aqua Zumba class down below as I walked by.

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This actually reminds me to start working on my Aqua Zumba routines since my classes will be starting in a few weeks.

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I ran into these guys (Brynden, Laurie, and Todd) while I was observing and taking pictures of the Aqua Zumba. It’s always fun seeing your friends. It’s a great way to start the day. I ended up following them to their Afrobeat Makossa session with Ricardo Marmitte and Alexsa Sissom.

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I only stayed for half of the master class, though, because I didn’t want to be at the end of a very long line to get into Beto’s master class.

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The line wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and actually got a good spot.

Here are a few short clips from Beto’s class.

This next video is the one where I’m calling out the wrong words.

I was really glad that I waited until the last day to take Beto’s class because almost everyone had taken his class at that point so his class wasn’t as crowded. I managed to find a good spot and was actually able to dance and move around. I will have to remember to register for his very last class again next year.

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After Beto’s class, it was time to hit another Benjamin and Rodrigo session — because I just couldn’t get enough of these two.

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The stage seemed like a good spot for the stickers when they start falling off. I had a lot of classes at Deck 13 – Forward. It was actually my favorite spot for classes, despite the potential for the worst sunburn imaginable. Oh, and Brian’s name is on these stickers but he didn’t actually go to the classes. I signed him up for classes so I could use his stickers and attend twice as many sessions. I did that and then some!

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This is Jose from DC. One of the amazing Zumba Jammers I met on this trip.

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This is Rony, another amazing Zumba Jammer who is based in Orlando. We took this photo at the end of Jhon Gonzalez’ Latin Urban master class. Now, he is my all-time favorite! I’m actually still using two routines I learned from him at ZINCON last year: A Mi Me Pone and Mala Mujer.

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My final class of the trip was Tropical Turn Up with Gina Grant, Dahrio Wonder, Armando Salcedo, and Heidy Torres. It’s a mash up of Heidy and Armando’s Tropical Urban and Gina and Dahrio’s Hip Hop Turn Up. It was super fun and a great way to end a very fun, Zumba-filled cruise vacation.

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On our way to dinner, we ran into Walter Diaz (Wally). He holds a very special place in my heart because his was the very first session I ever took at my very first ZINCON. And, he’s one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

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After our final group dinner, we went to the party at the pool deck and ran into some famous people. This man needs no introduction. LOL.

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It also looks like the Brutez brothers are back in the fold.

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I was also super excited to get a photo with my two favorite ladies, Loretta and Marcie. I first met them in Reggaeton Rebellion years ago and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. I can’t wait to take Reggaeton Rebellion again at this year’s ZINCON.

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No cruise is ever complete without a picture with DJ Gringo.

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We were originally hanging out at our favorite spot up top but it was just way too windy. After waiting for several minutes for people to show up, we finally gave up. Brian stayed up there a while to wait for people though, but he also gave up eventually and went to join us at the main pool deck.

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On our way back to our room later that evening, we decided to take a detour and stopped by the Cosmopolitan. I’m glad we did because Kass Martin was there and Brian finally got his long-awaited photo with Kass.

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I also got in on the photo action. You can never have enough photos with famous people. LOL. Now I have two with Kass!

Anyway, that’s all for now. Check back next time for the saddest day of all when we finally have to get off the floating party and get back to the real world.

Until then, GNG.

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