By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

k.d. lang is launching her latest tour with a cruise concert before heading to the United Kingdom and then returning to North America. The Ft. Lauderdale performance on Jan. 26 is a Caribbean Dream Cruise for Olivia, a lesbian oriented travel company.

“We are thrilled about entering our 35th year with k.d. lang as the featured entertainer,” says Judy Dlugacz, founder and president of Olivia, in a statement. “We have an amazing line up of entertainers joining us on this trip and will be announcing new acts every few weeks until the ship sails.” Olivia guests will not only get the opportunity to see lang perform; the cruise will include moments of her musical career, from in-cabin videos to free CDs for all guests.

Her new album “Watershed” (Nonesuch) marks the first album of newly written material from the four-time Grammy winner since 2000’s “Invincible Summer,” and her first studio album since 2004’s acclaimed Canadian songbook, “Hymns Of The 49th Parallel.” It is also the first self-produced colletion of her celebrated 25-year career, and will be released in North America on Feb. 5.

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k.d. lang itinerary:
January 2008
26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Caribbean Dreams Cruise
29 Glasgow, SCO – Celtic Connections @ Royal Concert Hall
30 London, ENG – Hammersmith Apollo

February 2008
21 – Toronto, ONT – The Courthouse
23 – Boston, MA – Opera House
24 – Philadelphia, PA – Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
26 – 28 – New York, NY – Lincoln Center

March 2008
1 – West Palm Beach, FL – Kravis Center for the Arts
2 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center for the Performing Arts
3 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
5 – Chapel Hill, NC – Memorial Hall @ University of North Carolina
7 – Morgantown, WV – Creative Arts Center @ West Virginia University
9 – Charleston, WV – Clay Center
11 – Wilmington, DE – Grand Opera House
12 – Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center
13 – Schenectady, NY – Proctors Theatre
15 – Buffalo, NY – Center for the Arts @ University of Buffalo
16 – Waterbury, CT – Palace Theater
19, 20 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
22-23 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
25-26 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts