Carnival Cruise Lines and Sixthman are proud to announce the launch of the Malt Shop Memories Cruise- a five-day, four-night cruise offering guests a unique travel experience as they journey back to the birth of rock n’ roll via live performances and themed events. The cruise will set sail May 13-17, 2010 aboard the Carnival Inspiration, traveling from Tampa, Florida, and calling at Cozumel, Mexico.
On board, guests will enjoy live performances from the era’s top artists in an intimate and personal setting. Those appearing include Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Lesley Gore, The Original Drifters, The Platters, and Lou Christie. Renowned DJ Jerry Blavat, also known as the “Geator with the Heater,” serves as host of the cruise and emcee of special events.
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise was inspired by Time Life’s Malt Shop Memories collection- a box set containing 150 songs epitomizing the birth of rock n’ roll. “We have sold millions of the Malt Shop Memories CDs, so this cruise is a natural extension of this beloved brand,” says Patricia K. Boos, Senior Vice President for Time Life. Boos attributes the enthusiasm surrounding the cruise to the dedication of those involved in bringing this era back to life. “People love this era, love this music and love these artists. Seeing them perform live on this cruise is a unique and exciting vacation experience.”
In addition to non-stop music and artist interactions, guests will enjoy other activities reminiscent of the era, including sock-hops, beach parties, dance contests, bingo and more. “We are so excited for Malt Shop Memories to come to life,” says Andy Levine, owner of Sixthman. “This music is the soundtrack for generations of peoples’ lives, and we’re excited for the opportunity to bring them together.”
The Malt Shop Memories Cruise sets sail aboard the Carnival Inspiration, a 2,000 passenger floating resort boasting 2 pools, jacuzzis, a miniature golf course, state-of-the-art fitness center, spa, casino and multiple bars and restaurants. Guests will combine fine dining with themed leisure activities, while enjoying first-class service that is synonymous with the Carnival name. “The Carnival vacation experience evokes the very same fun and carefree spirit instilled in the tunes of the ‘50s and ‘60s,” says Cherie Weinstein, vice-president of group business development for Carnival Cruise Lines. “The music of these highly talented artists combined with the huge array of facilities, dining and activities aboard the Carnival Inspiration will make for one extraordinary experience.”