The Rob Gronkowski-hosted cruise from Miami to the Bahamas that was referenced during the ESPYs has a Cubs connection.
Dante the Don — a Massachusetts native who is halfway through his first year as the DJ for Cubs games at Wrigley Field — is part of the music lineup for Gronk’s Party Ship. The three-day, MTV Spring Break-style celebration scheduled for Feb. 19-22 also includes Gronkowski’s family, rappers Waka Flocka Flame and Sammy Adams, DJs 3LAU and Brooke Evers and comedians who have yet to be announced.
Dante DJs at some of Chicago’s trendier bars and clubs and has resided in the area ever since he moved to the city to attend Loyola in 2005. He met the Patriots star through a mutual friend and has DJed at his house parties. Taking part in the cruise was an easy decision, Dante said.
“I couldn’t say yes quick enough,” Dante (real name: Dante Deiana) wrote in an email. “My immediate reaction was, ‘This is the best idea ever. How did nobody think of this sooner?’ … Any time you get the family together and throw in their friends, it’s wild. It’s going to be a packed cruise ship of people that love to have fun and love to party. What you see is what you get with Rob and his brothers and even their dad. They all just love to have fun all the time.”
The 2,500-person cruise features activities such as a Q&A session with the Gronkowski family, theme nights and bowling. Rooms aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship cost $500-$3,500 and include a photo with Gronkowski and an autographed item.
Will any of Gronkowski’s Patriots teammates be there?
“We’ll see,” he said. “It’s in a while. It would be great if they are.”
Gronkowski’s propensity for dancing and partying make him the ideal host for a party cruise (this is the same guy who hilariously once said “Yo soy fiesta” during an interview with ESPN Deportes). That and his size have earned him a reputation as a meathead, which comedian and ESPYs host Joel McHale touched on during last week’s telecast.
Gronkowski took McHale’s jokes in stride, even the ones about his cruise.
“It’s all in good fun,” said Gronkowski, who won the ESPY for Comeback Player of the Year. “Everyone is there to have fun and laugh. I appreciated everything the ESPYs did. They put out the (Gronk’s Party Ship) promo on national TV. Huge shout-out to the ESPYs. That’s definitely great exposure.”
July 20, 2015