The first-ever Mayercraft Cruise Carrier sailed from Miami, FL to Freeport, Bahamas this past weekend, bringing with it John Mayer, his handpicked roster of singer-songwriters and a few thousand enthusiastic fans (ranging from the single twenty-somethings to families and aspiring Mayer clones). Despite recently shutting down his official blog due to being “done & dusted & self conscious & back to work,” Mayer took every chance he could to show off for his fellow passengers during the three day cruise.
On Sunday morning, Mayer opted to don a Borat bathing suit and take a short jog around the upper level of the Carnival Victory’s Lido Deck — much to the joint amusement and horror of the crowd of about fifty catching mid-morning rays.
The rest of the weekend’s top five Mayer moments included:
- Sunday afternoon’s acoustic set on the Lido deck: after admitting he had been drinking earlier in the day, Mayer took a bathroom break midway through the forty-five minute set and returned for a medley of “Sucker,” “Love Soon,” and “Man on the Side” — three older tracks that hadn’t been seen on set lists for quite some time.
- Sunday’s fan club Q&A session: between Borat and the acoustic performance, Mayer took time to answer questions from a few hundred fan club members, shedding light on some of his inspirations, his mother’s influence on him and offering an impression of the vocal similarities between Janis Joplin and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson.
- A surprise solo from Mayer during Colbie Caillat’s Saturday night set, for which Mayer came on stage dancing before joining Caillat on “Battle.”
- Mayer’s headlining sets Friday and Sunday: since the largest performance space on the boat could only fit one half of the audience at a time, the headlining gigs were split into two sessions. For each, Mayer and his seven-piece backing band put on a two hour set consisting both of setlist rarities and standards, all of which had a fresh energy thanks to some time off the road over the last few months.