Fresh from the recent resounding success of the inaugural ‘Tribute to the King’ cruise, P&O Cruises plans to rock and roll again in 2019 and is giving hundreds more devoted fans an opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest ever popular music artists.
And this time the cruise, featuring the rock and roll classics, Hollywood movies and concerts that made The King of a Rock and Roll a still much-loved icon of Twentieth Century popular culture, will be on a larger ship, the 2000-guest Pacific Explorer, with room for 500 more fans than on the inaugural cruise.
The three-night tribute cruise will sail from Sydney on May 17 and is already on sale with a number of guests who enjoyed the recent Tribute cruise ready to sail again to be immersed in all aspects of their idol’s life story, music and influence on popular music.
Along with guests experiencing the ‘Tribute to the King’ cruise for the first time, they will enjoy spectacular concerts by tribute artists in the Marquee show lounge and in other venues around the ship, karaoke with their favourite songs by the King, watch a marathon of his Hollywood movies and enjoy culinary delights that he would have loved including meatballs wrapped in bacon, southern fried chicken and a peanut butter and banana sundae.
There will also be King-related memorabilia and sessions tracing his poverty-stricken childhood following his birth in a ‘shotgun shack’ clapboard house in Tupelo, Mississippi, where his family bought him his first guitar at the local hardware, being discovered by legendary Sun Records owner-producer Sam Phillips, his rock and roll phase, controversial television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and his love of ballads and gospel music.
“For the hundreds of fans who sailed on the first Tribute cruise, it is clear that in their hearts the King has never really left the building and they enjoyed the unique opportunity of taking their devotion to sea along with so many like minded fans who have kept the dream alive,” said P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell.
“It was one of the most popular themed cruises we’ve ever conducted and we think the 2019 ‘Tribute to the King’ will be sought after just as strongly, giving even more fans an opportunity to indulge their passion for the greatest exponent of rock and roll during his stellar career.”
In addition to the many Tribute activities, guests on Pacific Explorer can enjoy the ship’s numerous attractions including the longest and wildest waterslides on an Australian cruise ship, an interactive waterpark and a barefoot lawn bowling green.