Chefs, vampires and soul: Themed cruises bring the fun

Amy Williams Bernstein, special for USA TODAY6a.m. EST January 12, 2013

Jennifer Esbensen of Spring City, Pa., has been on three of Rose Tours’ New Kids on the Block theme cruises (the company’s most popular cruise). She says that on those cruises, there was an itinerary chock-full of events to keep passengers busy, but also opportunities for run-ins with the stars. On the day she arrived for her second NKOTB cruise, she and her friends left the cabin door open as they settled in. “Donnie Wahlberg walked right into our room,” she says. “You get to see a different side of them. You get to see them being silly and hear about their families.”


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NewKids On The Block on NBC's 'Today' Show

Be still my teenage heart! It looks like New Kids On The Block are reuniting this year for a new album and tour. 

New Kids On The Block is back and they’re back big time. Donnie Wahlberg will reunite with his fellow boyband members: Jonathan and Jordan KnightJoey McIntyre, and Danny Wood on a totally brand new 2013 tour that will be announced on January 22nd. But that’s not all.

The group will also have a new single released, AND an all-new album this coming March.

Donnie Wahlberg said:

“We’re going to try to play in and around Boston more than once.”

Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of Donnie Wahlberg, watch out for a new reality show about Wahlburgers, the family’s restaurant in Hingham. Donnie will shoot the pilot this month along with his brothers Paul and you guessed it, Mark Wahlberg. Sounds yummier than burgers, we know.

Also it looks like NKOTB has been doing cruises for the past couple years. Who knew? I was supposed to be taking a cruise with my dad to the Bahamas this year, I’m not even sure if it’s on Carnival, but I could only hope & wish.

 NKOTB celebrates 5 years on the high seas on the CARNIVAL VICTORY! We depart May 18, 2013 from the Port of Miami, returning to your favorite beach paradise HALF MOON CAY, then on to the clear blue waters of NASSAU, BAHAMAS, and finally cruising home on May 22, 2013.
And here I thought they were all washed up since I saw Jordan Knight doing those Old Navy commercials…granted I’d still hit it.

New Kids On The Block Prepare New Album, Tour For 2013

Posted by: Peter Stavros on January 6, 2013


New Kids On The Block may no longer be joining forces with Backstreet Boys, but they are following their steps and doing their own work this year too. Plus, some details about it have been revealed by their very own, Donnie Wahlberg.

During an interview, he said that the band will be releasing a new album sometime in March. But even earlier than that, they plan on releasing a single and announcing a tour on Jan. 22nd!

That’s huge news!

We can’t wait to see what Wahlberg and the rest of guys have in store for us. We saw them tear off the house here in Texas with the Backstreet Boys two years ago and wouldn’t doubt seeing them do it again, but this time, just as NKOTB!