Music-themed cruises, whether dedicated to jazz, blues or rock, have been growing in popularity in recent years, so it comes as no surprise that...

Music-themed cruises, whether dedicated to jazz, blues or rock, have been growing in popularity in recent years, so it comes as no surprise that the organizers of the Elvis Cruise, dedicated to the life, times and music of Elvis Presley, have announced the second annual excursion for Aug. 28. The Elvis Cruise of the Gulf of Mexico is the only Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) approved and licensed cruise in the world.

Setting sail from New Orleans, LA, The Elvis Cruise, a full ship charter in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line, includes four nightly main shows and daily live onboard entertainment, with each night dedicated to one phase of Elvis’ life and career. The cruise includes one afternoon in the Cozumel port of call and many opportunities to interact closely with Elvis’ original cast musical artists.

Performers include: DJ Fontana, The TCB Band, The Imperials, Lead Singers (Ronnie McDowell, Terry Mike Jeffery, Andy Childs), Ruby Wilson, The Dempseys, Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Winners — Shawn Klush and Joseph Hall. These artists will perform in four nightly “Vegas” style shows, which will include a “King Creole” style performance in honor of the New Orleans launch city.

“I am very pleased and proud that we have this caliber of talent on our cruise, many of who sailed with us last year,” said Jerry Schilling, host/producer of The Elvis Cruise, in a statement. “I have known all of these artists for many years and they represent the best of the artist in the Elvis world. The fans always love them.”

Double occupancy pricing per person ranges from $699 to $2,750.

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By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner