As The First-Ever Soul Train Cruise Sets Sail in 2013
The 7-Day Luxury Cruise Travels From Ft. Lauderdale
to Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay February 17-24, 2013
Featuring Performances By Legendary R&B Acts, Non-Stop Parties, Events and More
The love, peace and Soul Train continues from the tracks of your mind to the sea of your soul reaching new fans as the first-ever Soul Train Cruise launches on February 17th, 2013 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, sailing to beautiful Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay before returning on February 24th. An incredible array of the biggest and most iconic acts in R&B history will kick off the Soul Train Cruise’s maiden voyage, including Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays, Kool and the Gang, Jeffrey Osborne, War, the Spinners, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics, Cuba Gooding, Sr. and the Main Ingredient, Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, George Duke and many more aboard Holland America’s MS Westerdam, an internationally recognized luxury cruise ship with more than two-thirds of the cabins featuring verandas.
Back-to-back concerts by legendary artists are just part of the non-stop events scheduled aboard the Soul Train Cruise. Guests will also be invited to wildly fun Soul By The Sea beach parties, a Solid Gold Theme Ball with the iconic Soul Train Line, and DJ’s spinning classic R&B hits on deck all transporting them back in time to the early days (and outrageous fashions) of the original TV series. Cruisers will also participate in onboard games such as the beloved Scramble Board and other retro-fueled contests, vie for Soul Train DVD, t-shirt and CD giveaways all while enjoying world class meals, sun and fun, and much, much more.
“We are extending the Soul Train brand from the television tracks to the high seas!” said Kenard Gibbs, CEO and Partner of Soul Train Holdings, LLC. He added, “The Soul Train brand is about the best in music, dance and fashion – a cruise on the high seas combined with an incredible music lineup, fun people, and top notch accommodations will make for another fun filled entertainment experience for folks who can’t get enough of our beloved brand.”
Developed under license from Soul Train Holdings, LLC in association with Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC, the Soul Train Cruise was inspired by Direct Holdings Americas, Inc.’s hugely successful direct response TV and retail line of DVDs and CDs from the iconic show, as marketed under the Time Life brand.
“The Soul Train franchise was one of the most beloved and culturally barometric programs for African Americans during the last 40 years with its hip dances, trend-setting fashions and exciting performances from the biggest names in R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Gospel and Jazz. With The Soul Train Cruise, we and Soul Train Holdings, LLC are proud to bring the experience of one of the most enduring, entertaining and downright fun shows in television history to the high seas!” concurred Michael Mitchell, Direct Holdings Americas, Inc. VP, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, New Product Development. “Soul Train was `must see’ television and The Soul Train Cruise is a must as well!”
Soul Train has been an integral part of popular culture since its debut in 1970 and continues be a vital force in entertainment with its all-star Soul Train Awards shows, including November 27, 2011’s simulcast on BET and Centric. Best remembered for its indelible cultural impact, Soul Train is also one of the most successful shows ever created, holding the record for the longest, first-run, nationally syndicated television show ever.
”We have produced over 30 full ship charter cruises and if there was ever a concept that was ready made for a great cruise, it has to be ‘Soul Train’,” offered Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions. “The programming opportunities for this cruise are endless.”
Reservations for cabins on this cruise may be made now by visiting www.SoulTrainCruise.com or calling (toll free) (855) SOUL TRAIN (855-768-5872). Early Reservation cabin rates start at $1,800 per person and include all meals, concerts, entertainment and onboard activities.
About Direct Holdings Americas, Inc.:
Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, Direct Holdings Americas, Inc. currently develops and sells audio and video products via retail, on line and direct response TV. Time Life is a registered trademark of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies, used under license by Direct Holdings Americas, Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc. In 2010, Direct Holdings Americas, Inc. launched its Live Entertainment division with the inaugural sailing of the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, now an annual event, and is expanding to include the Soul Train Cruise in 2013.
About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC
The largest private music charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party At Sea (www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com) and The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com), and is proud to work with Direct Holdings Americas, Inc. for The Malt Shop Memories Cruise (www.maltshopcruise.com) and The Soul Train Cruise (www.soultraincruise.com). Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC prides itself on providing first-class musical vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective genres for loyal passengers, many of whom make the cruises an annual affair. With its current slate of excursions, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) will have produced 35 full-ship charter cruises. Additional information is available at www.ecpcruises.com.
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