After 47 wonderful years in the entertainment industry, the last 20 of which have been so happily spent as a headline entertainer on the finest cruise lines in the world, I have decided it is time to (mostly) retire.
On the advice of my doctor and due to worsening kidneys, I am now unable to tolerate extended flights of many hours duration nor can I be away from home for lengthy periods of time. So other than Panama Canal, Canadian and some South American cruises and doing shows in the United States, the time has come for me to gracefully leave the stage.
In my 47 years in the business I have seen and done things that I only dared dream about. I have been to 165 different countries. I've performed for 2 presidents. I have lived in London and worked on a musical in the West End. I've appeared on 60 Minutes on CBS. I've performed at some of the most iconic nightclubs around the world.
But the great pride of my life has been the many friends I have made on my journey. My fellow entertainers and musicians and the great staff and crew that I have gotten to know on the many ships on which I have been.
But most especially I will always hold dear the truly lovely, warm, friendly and caring passengers with whom I have shared adventures, meals, photographs and stories. You have become fast friends. It is each one of you who made my life special in all the ways that are so meaningful and important.
I may be retiring from cruising but I am still available for concerts and parties here in the USA and especially in Florida.
I do look forward to hearing from you all. I wish you happy times and smooth seas.
I will miss you all!! Marty