John Honeywell, The Mirror (UK) recommended “The unique talent of Hawaiian Matt Yee who sets up camp (in every sense) at the grand piano in the Schooner Bar.” 12/5/10
Cruise Critic UK (11 p.m.) — Matt Yee, a burly Hawaiian wearing a bright shirt and the beginnings of a frown, was wandering around a nearly empty Schooner Bar when I caught up to him. He’s a favorite on Royal Caribbean ships (and on the mainland as well, for that matter), so I was surprised to find him relatively unoccupied on the Allure’s Premiere Night.
The Schooner Bar's Matt Yee
“It was really great earlier,” he told me, “but the ‘70s party is killing me. I’m not sure I’ll get them back when it’s over, but come back afterward and let’s see.” He told me he might just call it a night, but just in case, I popped back in at 12:15 a.m. to find a smallish crowd and Matt ready to spring into action. Wearing a sparkly hat and carrying a wand adorned with shiny ribbons, Matt starts the late-night version of his Adult Sing-Along, belting out oldies but goodies (“Margaritaville,” Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” — just about anything you know the words to) and dragging unsuspecting barhounds into the act.
There was a quartet of drunks behind me near the bar, one of whom shouted “Freebird!” Right. Now shut up. Matt ignored them, but ultimately won them over – not only did they move closer to Matt’s piano, but they were among the first to jump and kick their heels to “New York, New York.” When I left about an hour later, the place was mobbed, and Matt was frown-free.