"I was in the middle of making her lunch," said Ms. James, referring to her 15-year-old daughter, Taylor. "I heard the doorbell and wasn't sure if it might be about this, so I thought I better put some clothes on."
Ms. James changed out of her pajamas just in time to be greeted by radio station WAFJ-FM (88.3) personalities Steve and Sue Swanson, who announced that she had won a drawing to take the Christian-theme cruise. More than 1,500 people entered the contest.
Departing from Miami on April 30, the five-day cruise will sail Ms. James and a guest to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Sponsored by WAFJ, The Augusta Chronicle and North Augusta Today, the trip package includes a concert series featuring such popular contemporary Christian acts as Third Day, Nicole C. Mullen, Building 429, Kutless, Barlow Girl, Salvador and others.
"I like all kinds of different music, so I don't have a particular favorite," Ms. James said.
She seemed more excited by the travel opportunity on the family-friendly ocean liner than the chance to hear all the music.
"I just seems like it will be such a great environment," she said. "It seems like a very positive mode of travel."
Almost as soon as Ms. James was announced the winner by WAFJ morning team John Bryant and Cleve Walker, relatives began calling and stopping by her home to congratulate her and to jockey for the privilege of joining her on the trip.
Ms. James said her husband, Rick, will get the first opportunity, but said he doesn't like water.
"I think I'm going to make him watch Titanic tonight," Taylor said.
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