FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- After the extraordinary success of the first two Malt Shop Memories Cruises, the next annual Malt Shop Memories Cruise will expand to a seven-day trip with more ports of call and additional performances by an incredible array of stars from the '50s and '60s. Departing on October 27th (through November 3rd) from Fort Lauderdale, FL, the cruise will set sail on Holland America's luxurious m/s Eurodam for Turks & Caicos, San Juan, St. Thomas and the private island of Half Moon Cay. Special reduced fares are currently available now through April 30th.
As a full ship charter, the Eurodam will be transformed into a floating '50s and '60s entertainment complex, treating passengers to concerts and special events such as sock hops, hula hoop contests, prom night, beach parties, and, of course, interaction with their favorite singers and much more.
Inspired by Time Life's popular Malt Shop Memories CD series, the voyage will be highlighted by performances by some of the biggest artists of the era, including Dion (who will be making a special appearance in concert on the cruise), Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, The Original Drifters, The Duprees, Sonny Turner (former lead singer of the Platters), Carl Gardner's Coasters, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, The Chiffons, The Tymes, The Marvelettes, Al "Lil Fats" Jackson, John Kuse and the Excellents, The Dedications, The Encounters, The Acchords, Gino Monopoli/Dwight Icenhower and, returning as the cruise host, the wildly popular oldies DJ Jerry "The Geator with the Heater" Blavat.
"You'll see some of the best entertainment from that wonderful era," says Bobby Rydell. "Mix and mingle with all of us and bring back those great memories while making fabulous new ones." Frankie Avalon marveled at being able to mingle with fans throughout the journey and performing concerts alongside his longtime friends during a series of recent interviews on television shows and radio. And the legendary pop icon Dion will join them on the cruise for the first time, saying, "I'm looking forward to hanging out with my friends!"
In addition to the incredible line-up of concerts, The Malt Shop Memories cruise will offer non-stop events, parties, and '50s and '60s-themed activities throughout the ship and the entire length of the cruise. Grab your blanket for the beach party, kick off your shoes for the sock hop, dress in your finest for Prom Night and get ready to meet the performers in person during specially designed meet and greets. In celebration of the memory of the King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley, the Malt Shop Memories Cruise will host the richest Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in the World. The event will feature some of the most well-known and talented tribute artists in the world competing for a cash prize of $5,000.
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise was developed in association with Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC. Tickets for the cruise are available now. Visit www.MaltShopCruise.com or call (877) 700-6258 (MALT). Cabin prices start at $1550 per person including all meals, entertainment and onboard activities.
The Time Life Malt Shop Memories CD collection, featuring a 10-CD box set, a 4-CD set and a holiday disc, has sold nearly 4 million CDs and remains one of Time Life's most popular sellers.
For further information, go to: www.MaltShopCruise.com or call: (877) 700-6258.
SOURCE Time Life