‘Soul Train’ cruise to set sail in 2013

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Courtesy of USA Today:

Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was memorialized in Los Angeles this month, but the cruise commemorating his landmark show will sail on.

The first-ever Soul Train Cruise embarks Feb. 17, 2013, from Fort Lauderdale on Holland America Line’s 1,848-passenger Westerdam.

The sailing will feature live performances by legendary R&B artists such as Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays, Kool and the Gang, Jeffrey Osborne, The Spinners, War, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics, Cuba Gooding, Sr. and the Main Ingredient, Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, George Duke and many more.

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Besides concerts, the cruise will include Soul By The Sea beach parties, a Solid Gold Theme Ball with the Soul Train Line and DJs spinning R&B hits. Passengers will be encouraged to dress in the style that was popular when the original TV series launched in 1970.

The seven-night Caribbean sailing will visit Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay before returning to Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 24.

“We are extending the Soul Train brand from the television tracks to the high seas,” said cruise organizer Kenard Gibbs, CEO of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, in a statement. “The Soul Train brand is about the best in music, dance and fashion – a cruise on the high seas combined with an incredible music lineup, fun people and top-notch accommodations will make for another fun filled entertainment experience for folks who can’t get enough of our beloved brand.”

Soul Train was one of television’s longest running shows when it was finally retired in 2006 after 26 years. Cornelius hosted the show until 1993. He died on Feb. 1 at age 75 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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