A three-day cruise to the Bahamas full of New England Patriots fans, with fun-loving tight end Rob Gronkowski as the star attraction. Who thought this was a good idea? Apparently, the ship returned to port Monday none the worse for wear.
A three-day cruise to the Bahamas full of New England Patriots fans, with the fun-loving Rob Gronkowski as the star attraction. Who thought this was a good idea?
Apparently, the ship returned to port Monday none the worse for wear. What happens on a cruise ship doesn’t stay on a cruise ship in the age of social media, and passengers and tight end Gronkowski himself sent out running updates of the high jinks.
The ship was the Norwegian Pearl, a 965-footer with a spa, casino, bowling alley and, perhaps most important, 13 bars/lounges. The Gronk Cruise left Miami on Friday for the Bahamas with 2,300 passengers, 700 as part of the Gronk Cruise and the other 1,600 apparently in for more than they bargained for.
Some reporters with indulgent editors were also on board. A comprehensive report in The Boston Globe noted, “Festivities hit booze-addled, fist-pumping heights and carried on till nearly 4 a.m. each day.”
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“Am I having a good time? Oh my God, yes! Although I kind of don’t remember last night. I might have blacked out,” The Globe quoted a woman, who declined to be identified: “There’s absolutely no way I’m telling you my name.”
Gronkowski posted several photos to Instagram, including one of him busting a move shirtless on stage as an appreciative crowd looked on.
Still photos not enough? Then enjoy a video. The cruise was run by the Atlanta company Sixthman, which will be offering excursions with Kid Rock, KISS and Pitbull in the future.
Some of Gronkowski’s brothers made the Gronk Cruise even Gronkier, and at least one other celeb turned up.
In the end, the ribaldry seemed to stay all in good fun, revelers reported.
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• Team president Bruce Allen voiced what everyone has assumed for quite some time: Quarterback Robert Griffin III is done in Washington, D.C.
In a radio interview, Allen replied “well, no” when asked whether he thinks Griffin will be with the team in the upcoming season.
• The San Francisco 49ers signed tight end Garrett Celek, 27, to a four-year contract extension. The deal reportedly can be worth up to $14 million, with $4.5 million guaranteed.
• The league’s salary cap will get an additional boost of more than $1.5 million per team next season after an arbitration victory by the players union.
An additional $50 million or so will be available for teams to spend.
The official salary cap has not been determined, but before the ruling it was expected to rise by at least $10 million from the $143.5 million ceiling of last season.