Beres hypnotized love and harmony on the last night


The crowd on the final night of entertainment aboard the Love and Harmony 2022 cruise was nothing like that of Reggae Sumfest or similar reggae shows in Jamaica. But it really was like that when iconic reggae singer Beres Hammond took the stage at 10:20 p.m. For the next 85 minutes, a hungry crowd that waited around two hours was mesmerized by Beres’ impassioned, melodic voice echoing through the loudspeakers.

crowd of love and harmony

The all-white Love and Harmony Cruise party was a fitting end to four nights of reggae music and engaging activities on Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam. Nearly 2,000 fans gathered on the upper deck to see and hear Beres sing, and it would be a huge lie if anyone said he wasn’t worth it.

The undisputed king of reggae-lover rock had the crowd in his hand from the minute he opened with solid love from his 2004 album Beres Hammond. Then two songs later, when he said, “shh, what can you do to stop a man from trying,” the party went ballistic. He made the temperature rise for the next ten minutes, especially in the hearts of favorite ladies; Come back home, Step aside, A danceand She loves me now.

It was classic Beres at his best as he interacted with the crowd and his band. Forty minutes into his set, Buju Banton joined him on stage, and the two kicked up the party energy; the crowd showed their appreciation with more noise and bustling lights. Another of his proteges, Beenie Man, who thrilled the cruise crowd the night before, also joined Beres on stage to add more fire to the performance.

Beres and Buju Banton
Beres Hammond and Buju

Beres gave the crowd 26 of his best hits, including Tent, Double trouble, Resistance, Pull the vibes, No disturbancesand To fall in love.

“It was the perfect ending,” said Carol Noseworthy, who was on board with her three friends. Jasmine Knuckle, 55, and her husband thought the show was trip-worthy. “The last time we saw Beres was 15 years ago. The pandemic put our plans for 2019 on hold, but we’re glad we had another chance. He’s my favorite reggae singer,” she said.

When the show ended at 11:35 p.m., another satisfied crowd went to the bar for refreshments. Dexter and his classmate Rory took their wives on a cruise because it was on their to-do list. “Man, I love the show. Beenie and Buju were amazing, but Beres went even further. Our wives had a great time and I think our kennels are closed for the next three months,” he said to laughter from the rest of his group.

Beres and Bennie Man
Beres and Beenie Man

All in all, the five nights of The Love and Harmony Cruise was a fantastic change for people who hadn’t been out for fun like this since 2019, due to the COVID pandemic.

Next year’s cruise is already set for April 4and at 9e, and depending on the activities at the reservation office on board, it will be fully booked again. There was a long line of people taking advantage of early fares and securing their cabins. Confirmed artists include Pop Caan, Sanchez and Beres.

The Love and Harmony cruise will make a final stop in the Bahamas today before docking in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow morning.


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