Keoni lived in Hawaii all his life and had no plans to leave his beloved birthplace anytime soon. Working as a surf instructor by day and bouncer by night at the Hot Lava Beach & Night Club, he was a familiar face in Honolulu and known as a cool, friendly guy who could also stop a party from getting out of hand.
One incident, however, changed everything: the day Keoni’s love left him, a bachelor party was becoming unmanageable at the club under Keoni's watch, and the otherwise always-professional bouncer went too far and accidentally broke the groom’s nose while “escorting” them outside. No charges were pressed against him, but Keoni eventually lost his job.
Filled with remorse and fearing to face the person he briefly became that night, he decided to leave for Florida, where he soon found a job as gym manager and personal trainer on an ocean cruiser. Before even realizing it, he was celebrating his third year working on the Swimming Atlantic, so when he was offered a position on a brand new, state-of-the-art ship called the Pearl of the Seas and a festival ticket to the most exclusive party of the world, he didn’t think twice about it.
Despite growing up in a poor family, Adelita never felt that she was deprived of good food—in fact, her mother was a creative genius who could turn the simplest ingredients into wonderful meals. Adelita was often helping her in their humble kitchen, learning her culinary tricks while her father was out drinking instead of supporting his family.
During her teenage years, her dad’s behavior became more and more aggressive, so the two women decided to move to Adelita’s maternal uncle. She was even able to earn a little money for themselves by doing the dishes at his diner. Throughout her years of hard work and dedication, she proved her potential and talent and slowly climbed the ladder, finally becoming the star chef of the lively Zona Hotelera area in Cancún.
As successful as she was in her professional life, her poor parental figure haunted her private life, resulting in a marriage with an abusive husband. Their last fight ended with Adelita fending for herself with a knife—after this incident, she swore she’d never return. Wanting nothing more than to disappear, she applied for the head chef position on the Pearl of the Seas, and she was hired without so much as an interview.
The child of a Canadian family with roots in Hong Kong, Jack was a rebellious teen who despised his parents for moving the family away from Asia and its mysterious magician scene. Being obsessed with the profession, he started to create his own tricks and illusions and finally put together a two-hour-long performance that centered around fire.
In 2009, he lost the World Championship in Beijing to Soma Hajnóczy, making a mistake in the final round. This was the pinnacle of his magician career, and the defeat made him stop competing. For a long time, though, he was able to market himself as a silver medalist and built a beautiful magical career. Traveling the world alone, he often felt lonely and wanted to cure his solitude with the company of Lady Luck, but she ruthlessly turned her back on him—he spent his hard-earned money in smoky casinos and accumulated serious debts, while his gigs became fewer and fewer.
Eventually, he went to therapy to treat his gambling addiction. It was around this time that he reluctantly took the cruise ship magician position on the Pearl. At the suggestion of his therapist, his contract specifically included that he could not set foot in the huge casino on the ocean cruiser.
Helping out in her dad’s auto repair shop as a teen, little Phoebe gained a lot of engineering experience tinkering with the computer and electronic system of cars. She was fascinated by all things tech and quickly realized that she can further develop her skills in the virtual world.
Years later, she took part in a dangerous, fully underworld-funded cyberattack, gaining her the now infamous name, Phoenix. Her reputation spread fast and wide, and she was soon contacted by a major record label and was offered a position as a security hacker. Her job was to fix the weaknesses of their network by trying to breach it and “steal” unreleased singles and albums.
Because of her work, she started to experiment with making music and participated in the night life more and more, becoming a familiar face in the Berlin underground scene. She even took occasional gigs, helping out as a technician and a sound engineer. Though she really loved what she did, she couldn't resist her daring, adventurous side, and one night, when the club’s manager introduced her to the cruise director of the Pearl of the Seas, she agreed to the director's offer to join the ship's technician crew without hesitation.