Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Famous Blondes, Shipboard Affairs & Tropical Drama On Board For First TCM Classic Cruise

After his "Poseidon Adventure," who would have thought that Ernest Borgnine would go on a cruise? Look what's in store for him when he sets sail aboard Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Millennium on Dec. 8-12, 2011...

A pair of Hitchcock blondes, a classic shipboard love affair, tropical drama in the Florida Keys, and intimate conversations with legendary Hollywood figures are just some of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences planned for passengers on the first-ever TCM Classic Cruise, a partnership between Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Sixthman, the industry leader in theme cruises. TCM has unveiled the first slate of events for the high-demand voyage, which will feature film legends Ernest Borgnine, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint, and Norman Jewison, along with Turner Classic Movies primetime host Robert Osborne, TCM weekend-daytime host Ben Mankiewicz and the Alloy Orchestra. They will join scores of classic-movie fans for the 4-day voyage sailing from Miami to Key West and Cozumel.

Below is the first roster of events lined up for the TCM Classic Cruise, which unfortunately (or fortunately, if you've already booked a cabin) has already sold out. Additional events and programming will be announced soon.

Hitchcock Blondes: Eva Marie Saint and Tippi Hedren
Oscar® winner Eva Marie Saint and Golden Globe® winner Tippi Hedren will sit down to share their memories of working with the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. Fans will also be treated to two of their greatest films with the director, North by Northwest (1959), starring Saint as a seemingly innocent bystander drawn into a case of mistaken identity with Cary Grant, The Birds (1963), with Hedren as a spoiled heiress who finds herself in an avian nightmare with Rod Taylor.

A Conversation with Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine will sit down with TCM host Robert Osborne for an in-depth conversation about the 94-year-old Oscar winner's storied life and career.

Key Largo in the Keys
There may be no better way to enjoy Bogie and Bacall in John Huston's 1948 classic Key Largo than by watching the movie while sailing to the Florida Keys. TCM will present a special screening of the dramatic thriller starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, Lionel Barrymore and Oscar-winning supporting actress Claire Trevor.

A Poolside Affair
TCM invites passengers to a special poolside screening of one of the most romantic shipboard romances of all time - An Affair to Remember (1957). Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in the tale of a couple who falls in love on a cruise, then makes arrangements to meet later on the roof of the Empire State Building.

A Night at the Opera on the Ocean
TCM will screen the frantic Marx Brothers comedy A Night at the Opera (1935), featuring a memorably hilarious scene in which 15 people are crammed into a stateroom on board a ship.

Speedy and the Alloy Orchestra
The Alloy Orchestra, an innovative three-man musical ensemble that has written and performed live accompaniment to classic silent films for more than two decades, will perform their original score for Harold Lloyd's delightful comedy Speedy (1928) during a special screening.

Guests will also enjoy a variety of movie-themed events, including live music, dancing and classic movie trivia contests for great prizes.
Although the cruise is currently sold out, fans hoping to get on board can add their names to the waiting list by going to TMC Cruise.com or calling (877) 223-7030.

We hope Mr. Borgnine has a less eventful debarkation from Celebrity Millennium than the one he experienced from the ill-fated Poseidon of movie fame.

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