FIRST-EVER ‘ELVIS CRUISE’ SCHEDULED TO SET SAIL AUGUST 30, 2007 ON CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES’ CELEBRATION
Four-Day, Full Ship Charter to Feature Variety of Elvis-Inspired Activities and Events, Including an Elvis Tribute Contest with $10,000 in Prize Money
MIAMI (May 24, 2007) – Carnival Cruise Lines and St. Louis, Mo.-based Jazz Cruises, LLC, a provider of full-ship charter music cruises, have partnered to offer “The Elvis Cruise,” the first authentic, fully licensed specialty cruise that celebrates the music and life of the legendary Elvis Presley. The four-day cruise is scheduled to depart from Jacksonville, Fla., on August 30, 2007, and will feature visits to Freeport and Nassau, The Bahamas.
The one-of-a-kind voyage will be hosted by Jerry Schilling, longtime friend and confidant of the late Elvis Presley, and author of the book, Me and a Guy Named Elvis. Entertainment during the cruise will include live shows from artists who performed with Elvis and have been recognized for continuing his musical legacy, including the TCB Band, the Jordanaires, the Imperials, the Dempseys, Ronnie McDowell, Terry Mike Jeffrey & Band, Ruby Wilson and others.
“The Elvis Cruise” will celebrate the various phases of Elvis’ musical life and career and include tributes to Elvis’ performances in Memphis, Hawaii and Vegas, his dedication to Gospel and his gold hits. A number of themed events also will be featured, including an Elvis tribute contest, open to all guests, which will award $10,000 in prize money. Other activities will range from autograph and Q&A sessions with the musicians and hosts, to the Elvis Cruise T-Shirt Party, Elvis-themed bingo and more.
“This cruise provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Elvis fans to come together and enjoy the exceptional music and memories of one of the most celebrated performing artists of all time, combined with a truly outstanding vacation experience,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.
“Jazz Cruises is thrilled to partner with Carnival Cruise Lines for this exciting celebration of Elvis’ life,” said Michael Lazaroff, executive director of Jazz Cruises, LLC. “We are excited to provide individuals who are passionate about Elvis with the exclusive opportunity to interact with fellow enthusiasts and revered performers in a spectacular and festive cruise setting.”
Carnival’s “Fun Ship” Celebration features a diverse selection of lounges, bars and nightspots, along with a health and fitness center, Wi-Fi Internet access, cellular phone service, and three pools, one of which features the line’s signature “Twister Waterslide.”
The 1,486-passenger vessel also houses three restaurants, including two elegant main dining rooms with extensive menus and wine lists, and a poolside eatery offering a wide variety of cuisine, in addition to 24-hour pizza and self-serve ice cream/frozen yogurt. A sushi bar and complimentary 24-hour stateroom service are also available.
Jazz Cruises is currently accepting reservations for the upcoming “Elvis Cruise” aboard Carnival’s Celebration. Prices begin at $750 per person based on double occupancy and include all “Elvis Cruise” activities.
For additional information or to book, call Jazz Cruises, LLC at 1-800-704-3034 or visit www.theelviscruise.com.
About Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, New England, Canada, Bermuda, Europe and the Greek Isles. The line currently has three new ships on order – the 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor, set to debut in Europe July 13, 2008; and the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic, scheduled for delivery in October 2009 and June 2011, respectively. For additional information on Carnival’s “Fun Ship” vacations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
About Jazz Cruises, LLC
Jazz Cruises connects individuals who are passionate about music and provides them with exclusive opportunities to interact with fellow enthusiasts and revered performers in a magnificent cruise setting. Jazz Cruises retains only the finest artists and musicians in the industry for its six, full-charter offerings and allows exclusive access to and interaction with these performers. Jazz Cruises’ current specialty cruises include The Jazz Cruise, The Smooth Jazz Cruise hosted by Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz & Friends at Sea, The North Sea Jazz Cruise hosted by Marcus Miller, The Latin Music Cruise hosted by Arturo Sandoval and The Elvis Cruise hosted by Jerry Schilling. For additional information about Jazz Cruises and any of its offerings, please visit www.jazzcruisesllc.com or call 1.800.762.6737.