Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Elvis Cruise: Embarkation Day

Even before the voice of reason in our GPS announced 'turn left,' we knew where to go. Up ahead, parked on the corner in front of The Best Little Shore House in Town, was a 1950-something pink Cadillac.

We'd arrived at JAXPORT in Jacksonville, Florida to a terminal rocking with Elvis music to get us in the mood during check-in. Embarkation for The Elvis Cruise onboard Carnival Cruise Lines' "Funship" Celebration had begun.

Once aboard we continued rocking during an afternoon performance by Joseph Hall, a top-5 International Finalist in the 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

The highlight of the first day of The Elvis Cruise was the evening show hosted by Jerry Schilling--a tribute to Elvis' early years. Fittingly, Ruby Wilson kicked off the show with "Walking in Memphis." Video clips of early television and stage appearances by The King alternated with The Dempseys, Terry Mike Jeffrey, and Ronnie McDowell performing Elvis hits, accompanied by The Jordanaires, long-time Elvis back-up singers. The show climaxed with all the artists on stage, rocking the boat with "Shake Rattle & Roll."

UPDATE: Read more Memories of The Elvis Cruise

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