by Shayne Benowitz
The Commotion on the Ocean is easily the most popular sunset cruise on the island for both locals and visitors alike. It is truly a one-of-a-kind trip. Aboard the Key West Fury, the newest catamaran in our fleet, you are treated to all you can drink of beer, wine, wine spritzers, champagne, and margaritas along with a smorgasbord of appetizers including chicken wings, meatballs, a cheese tray, a deli tray, and fresh vegetables. Best of all, though, is the live band playing all of your favorite covers as well as original songs led by Hog’s Breath Saloon’s talented Cory Heydon.
Last night, as I was serving drinks behind the bar, it warmed my heart to see people of all ages let loose and dance at the bow with huge smiles on their faces. People’s spirits are always high on the Commotion on the Ocean. How can you blame them? Margaritas, food, live music, and the ocean at sunset. It doesn’t get better than that. I never tire from hearing how a trip with Fury was the best thing someone did on their vacation in Key West. It reminds me of how lucky I am to make a living working on a boat surrounded by all of Key West’s beauty every day.
Captain Chuck sailed out past Adventure Island, where part of the Ultimate Adventure is conducted, to the sight of the Legacy, a 158-foot luxury yacht, which had been marooned offshore for the last three years since Hurricane Wilma. Owner Peter Halmos has spent nearly $1 million per month trying to salvage his beloved $16 million boat, which only within the last month has been floating on top of the water as opposed to mired to the ocean floor.
As day began its fade into night, it looked as though the sunset would be completely obscured by a large, grey cloud formation on the horizon. At the last minute, though, the sun peaked between the cloud and the water and a bright pink orb simmered into the sea. I never get tired of watching a Key West sunset.
Corey along with bandmates Jeff and Tom played a great Fleetwood Mac cover as the Key West Fury slid into her slip at the Ocean Key House Marina, concluding yet another day in paradise.
I want to take a moment and thank everyone who has been tuning in and reading the Fury Blog! It’s been up and running for just over two months and since its induction, we’ve had over a thousand hits. Knowing there is a readership makes my job even more rewarding. I also wanted to announce the launch of my personal website, http://web.me.com/shaynebeth/, which features a travel blog as well as a daily dose of what’s cool around the globe. Check it out and keep reading! Thank you.
Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer who is working on her debut novel. Shayne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at http://web.me.com/shaynebeth/.