Adventures in Retirement: There is still time to rock

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Senior Living, Short Takes

Published on March 04, 2015 with No Comments

Sometimes in your retirement years you get the opportunity to do things that you never thought possible that you wished you had done when you were young. You don’t have to give up the hope of achieving your fondest hopes from your young years.  Occasionally these hopes can happen.

I recently went on a “Rock ‘N Roll” cruise called “Rockin’ the Caribbean.” It was an opportunity to meet and dance to several of the most popular artists and groups of the 1950s and 1960s. There were dances in the evenings and performances in the afternoons. It was exciting and fun beyond belief.

A high point for me was meeting Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon and dancing the “Twist” to “Palisades Park” from 1962. Other groups and performers on the cruise included Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Peggy March, Sonny Turner (of the Platters), and Jay Siegel’s Tokens. Bowzer of “Sha Na Na” also performed.  A superb band, called “Rocky and the Rollers,” performed and played back-up for many of the performers. One of my friends on the cruise, Dick Cicenas, said that meeting Sonny Turner was one of the greatest events of his life.

It was amazing to dance to live performances of our favorite performers. It was almost surreal to actually meet, shake hands and get pictures with these wonderful performers of the Rock ‘N Roll Era. The performers said they enjoyed our appreciation as much as we enjoyed their songs.

This kind of event is something that will not be available much longer. We and the performers are members of the “Rock ‘N Roll Generation,” a generation that is disappearing because it was so long ago. It was a unique opportunity that I would not give up for all the money on earth.

There were about 700 people who were part of this package on Royal Caribbean’s “Freedom of the Seas.” I understand that there will be several similar cruises next year that will include some of these performers and some new ones.

This might be something to put on your “Bucket List” of things you want to do in your lifetime. Of course, there are many other things you may want to do in your retirement, but this is just an example of something that may not be available much longer.

If you are interested in this going on a similar cruise, you can get more information by contacting any AAA Travel office or calling 800-648-9272 and asking about the “2016 Rockin’ the Caribbean Oldies Music Tour.”


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About Bill Leavitt

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit for more information.

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