06 Feb 12. Occupying the first 3 decks in the bow of the ms Oosterdam was located the Vista Lounge. This is a full theater operation with a stage that featured two movable platforms, a audio/video recording booth, full lighting, and PLENTY of props. Along each wall in the forward part of the lounge is a reset box with a grouping of white instruments, all real, just painted white to make for an interesting piece of art. There was a first rate production available for our enjoyment nightly, alternating between the Oosterdam performers, a dance and vocal group who were first class all the way, and Vegas entertainers of which our cruise had two, Kevin Jordan, a black comedian and former L.A cop who played on being both, and a top rate pianist comedian , Joel Mason, whose act was billed as a tribute to Elton John, complete with several Elton John costumes. Joel was an absolute riot and played the audience, as did Kevin, with tremendous skill. If you ever have a chance to see either of their shows, I highly recommend you give them a watch! Joel began his performance by rising up out of the floor to the main level of the stage wearing a costume of feathers, huge high heeled shoes, white glasses, and a big hat. He began the performance with his favorite song of all time which lasted several minutes. His next number number, his favorite song of all time, was another long performance lasting almost 15 minutes all by itself, and had the audience practically falling out of their seats. Following that he performed his favorite song of all time, and again it was a roaring success. Kevin came out with a police flashlight and immediately began looking at the audience with it to see if there were any black folks in the audience. Finding only two, he attributed the lack of black participation to history, saying the last time black folks went on cruises they never came back, so he figured there was some hesitation still on the minds of the black community. Part of his act, after telling the audience how any USO tours he had made, over 100, was a request for all members of the services to identify themselves, group by group. He commented on how amazed he was that anyone in the Navy would take a cruise for a vacation which brought down the house, as did his black history comments. His performance was a real delight and both gentlemen put on performances that folks of any age could attend. All-in-all we had wonderful entertainment every night of the cruise. This is my favorite image of all time. ISO 200; 1/60 sec @ f /13 with fill flash.