Charo, known for her trademark  phrase, “Cuchi cuchi,” makes a surprise appearance for guests.

Last night aboard the Disney Magic, passengers were surprised to learn that none other than flamboyant performer and flamenco guitarist, Charo, would be a guest performer on their transatlantic crossing from the Mediterranean back to Port Canaveral, Florida.

A natural talent and a world-renown classical and flamenco guitarist, Charo entertained the guests with her unexpected and over-the-top performance of pop-oriented songs and flamenco guitar.

Charo surprised guests just last May on the Disney Magic’s eastbound transatlantic.   As she did at yesterday’s performance, Charo also performed parts of her Las Vegas show to standing ovations. The first half of the show had more pop oriented pieces while the second half was her playing classical Spanish guitar.  An upclose and personal ‘meet and greet” was held later in the cruise at an informal autograph-signing session.

A Spanish-American actress, comedienne and a student of Andres Segovia, Charo was once known as one of the world’s best flamenco guitarists.  Married at a very young age to Spanish band leader, Xavier Cugat, she was regularly featured in shows with Cugat’s orchestra in New York and Las Vegas.

Charo began a decades-long television career starting on the Today Show in the mid-1960’s.  She appeared on numerous times on The Love Boat, Donnie and Marie and at least a dozen other top television shows over the last forty-plus years.

Currently, she has her own touring show, plus appearances in Branson, Missouri and Las Vegas.

The Disney Magic will return to her e homport in Florida after cruising for several months in the Mediterranean.  En route, the Disney Magic will make port visits to St. Maarten, Tortola and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.

Headline photo credit: Disney

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