Cruise ships offer so many options for entertainment and relaxation but it’s funny how — just like in our regular lives — we tend to zero in on a just a few. In our case, it was the Schooner Bar, where each night an Australian pianist named Paul O’Shea set up shop.
O’Shea handed out a list of what must have been 200 songs and played requests throughout each night. But to encourage as much audience participation as possible, he would always return to certain favorites.
According to O’Shea, the third most requested piano bar song is Van Morrison’s ‘Brown-Eyed Girl.’ Second is Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man.’ He played both of those at least once each night we saw him.
And the number one most requested piano bar song, by far, is Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline.’ I grabbed a clip of the final chorus of one of his performances of that song, and present it today as a great memory of a wonderful cruise.