VH1’s New Show Girls Cruise Offers Viewers A Glimpse Into The Black Travel Movement
By Danielle Dorsey
VH1 debuted a new series called Girls Cruise that follows rap superstar Lil’ Kim and six of her famous friends on a ten-day cruise through the Caribbean.
The series provides a refreshing take on Black female friendships, the emerging Black travel movement, as well as the drama one might expect when seven friends go on vacation together. Along the way, they’ll stop in the pristine island destinations of Barbados, Trinidad, and Tobago, timing their trip to coincide with Carnaval celebrations.
Lil Kim and crew hopped aboard a 143-foot yacht called Star Ship that includes 13 guest rooms, a lounge area, full, marble-topped bar, salon lounge and salon dining area, plus a formal dining area, a skylounge, and a sun deck complete with an eight-person jacuzzi. According to one outlet, the vessel can be rented for $125,000 per week during the off-season and $135,000 a week during high season.
In the first episode of Girls Cruise, Lil Kim fills viewers in on the pressures of being a woman in today’s music industry and the demands of her chart-topping career. Setting sail alongside the former Dancing With The Stars competitor are Chilli from the 90’s girl group TLC, R&B beauty Mya, Wild ‘N Out comedians Vena E. and B. Simone, Filipino actress Tiffany Panhilason, and Marc Jacobs’ husband Char Defrancesco. All of the castmates have different commitments that range from TV hosting gigs to parenthood to world tours and are eager to take Lil Kim up on her generous offer. The show is an apt reminder that we all deserve to escape every once in a while and that balance is the key to a well-lived life.