The Soul Train Cruise unveils a star-studded lineup for its 2015 voyage, which travels through the Caribbean from February 22, 2015 through March 1, 2015 with more than 30 R&B superstars performing nightly concerts and interacting with cruise guests during over 25 special events. The fourth sailing of the hippest trip at sea will star Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Gladys Knight, James Ingram, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Spinners, Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Regina Belle, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., original 5th Dimension stars, Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson, Will Hart of the original Delfonics and comedian Alonzo Bodden. Also joining the cruise are Hitzville: Las Vegas Style Motown Revue, Chicago’s legendary R&B record store merchant “Uncle George” Daniels and cruise host Tony Cornelius. Held aboard the luxurious Holland America Eurodam, the Soul Train Cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale, FL for Turks and Caicos, San Juan (Puerto Rico), St. Thomas, the Bahamas and the private island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” says Frankie Beverly, “it’s going to be fun and I am very much looking forward to this.” “I am very excited to be sailing on The Soul Train Cruise in 2015,” adds James Ingram. “It’s going to be a great trip full of unbelievable shows, meeting up with fans and friends, sight-seeing and cruising the beautiful Caribbean.” He continues “I’m looking forward to having a whole lot of fun with everyone.” “We are very good friends with every artist that will be on the ship,” says Henry Fambrough of The Spinners. “It will be great to be on the Soul Train Cruise with them and I’m quite sure that the ship is going to be rocking.” “I will see the other concerts,” he adds, “be down right in the front row. It’s a beautiful thing when you are onstage and look in the audience and see your peers. It’s gonna be off the charts – everybody come on and enjoy yourself!”
“This cruise has become the ultimate luxury vacation for fans of great R&B music,” says Michael Mitchell, StarVista/Time Life Vice President and Executive Producer of the Soul Train Cruise. “If you grew up watching Soul Train, this cruise will bring back all the memories-the great artists, fantastic songs, the dancers, the fashions and most of all the fun!” Chris Hearing, President of StarVista/Time Life, adds, “Our guests return time and time again for the music and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with the biggest names in R&B history.”
The Soul Train Cruise not only offers more than 30 concerts throughout the seven-day voyage, but also invites travelers to meet the stars during over 25 special events, ranging from cooking demonstrations to dance lessons, Q&A panel discussions to tribute shows, a gospel hour, musician seminars, wine tasting and personal meet and greet sessions. The cruise will also film interviews with artists in front of a live audience, airing on television on a future date. And Soul Train Cruise partner XM Sirius will be aboard once again, recording exclusive radio shows with the artists and giving fans a backstage view into the excitement and the music that fill the ship while CENTRIC television also returns as title sponsor, hosting a number of the cruise’s most popular onboard activities.
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. 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 and remains popular to this day. Vintage episodes have aired on CENTRIC in recent years, nearly 500,000 DVDs have been sold, and the Soul Train Awards draw international superstars to its annual ceremony.