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Photo by Kevin Wierzbicki

When passengers boarded the Carnival Cruise Line ship Splendor in Long Beach, Calif. on Feb. 17, they had a lot to look forward to. The seven-day cruise was headed for the Mexican Riviera and the ports of Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, and besides all the south of the border adventure that awaited, there was lots of fun to be had aboard the ship where a spa, a casino, live entertainment and a seemingly endless supply of food and drink was on offer. There was something else that cruisers were anticipating too; a free concert by pop star Carly Rae Jepsen.

Jepsen’s appearance aboard the Splendor was the latest in the Carnival LIVE concert series that has been taking place on select sailings of various Carnival ships for a number of years now. Some of the featured Carnival LIVE acts that have appeared in the past include classic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon and Foreigner as well as country stars like Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins and Little Big Town. For all of those previous shows, cruisers had to pay for admission to the concerts but for the first time, Carnival made the Jepsen show free and open to all comers.

Jepsen recently completed a tour run with Katy Perry and with more time to work with on the ship than on the Perry shows, she expanded her set to more than a dozen songs. The show opener was “Run Away with Me” which was quite an appropriate start considering Jepsen and all her shipboard fans were headed for a foreign land together. Carly told the audience that this was her very first cruise before launching into “Gimmie Love” and then “E-MO-TION.” Jepsen put on her typically high-energy show, strutting and dancing across the stage, mugging with her band and bantering with the audience, many of whom shot their hands into the air when she asked “Does anyone here have some boy problems?” before playing “Boy Problems.”

Jepsen also performed “Fever,” “All That,” “I Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance” and “Good Time,” which she urged the crowd to sing along to. Carly also asked the audience to clap along when she sang “Cut to the Feeling,” and at that point, her fervent fans probably would have stood on their heads had she asked them to. The show came to a close with favorites “Let’s Get Lost,” #1 hit “Call Me Maybe” and “I Really Like You,” again quite appropriate considering the adoration the singer was shown throughout the evening.

The Carnival LIVE concert series will continue later this year and future shows will be announced here.