(FT. LAUDERDALE) The “World’s Greatest Entertainer” and original human beatbox, Doug E. Fresh will join the Soul Train Cruise (www.soultraincruise.com) for its upcoming journey through the Caribbean from February 22 through March 1. The multi-hyphenate superstar will help run “the show,” opening Club Soul Train every night with his DJ spinning the classics and new hits, hosting special events, moderating live panel discussions with the legendary artists onboard, and even performing a concert during the seven day voyage. Other artists performing on the cruise include Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Gladys Knight, James Ingram, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Spinners, Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the new Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Regina Belle, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., original 5th Dimension Stars, Valerie Simpson, Will Hart of the original Delfonics, Hitzville: Vegas Style Motown Revue, DW3, comedian Alonzo Bodden and host Tony Cornelius. Original Soul Train dancers Cheryl Song and Derek Fleming will also be aboard, as well as Chicago’s Music Man George Daniels.
“Soul Train meant so much to me as a young artist,” says Doug E. Fresh. “To be a part of the Soul Train Cruise as it travels through the Caribbean Sea of my childhood brings my worlds together like never before.”
Doug E Fresh rocketed to stardom in the mid-1980’s with performances in the iconic hip hop film “Beat Street” and his international smash hit “The Show/La Di Da Di,” recorded with his Get Fresh Crew that included MC Ricky D (a.k.a. Slick Rick). He has remained one of the most recognizable and popular figures in music and pop culture, inspired The Dougie dance craze, was first rapper to perform at the United Nations for the United Nations Day Concert (in front of representatives from 193 countries), has been invited to perform at the White House and was commissioned by First Lady Michelle Obama to create the forthcoming album for Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.
The Soul Train Cruise not only offers more than 30 concerts throughout the seven-day voyage, but also invites travelers to meet the stars during over 25 special events, ranging from cooking demonstrations to dance lessons, Q&A panel discussions to tribute shows, a gospel hour, musician seminars, wine tasting and personal meet and greet sessions. The cruise will also film interviews with artists in front of a live audience, airing on television on a future date. And Soul Train Cruise partner Sirius / XM will be aboard once again, recording exclusive radio shows with the artists and giving fans a backstage view into the excitement and the music that fill the ship while CENTRIC television also returns as title sponsor, hosting a number of the cruise’s most popular onboard activities. Held aboard the luxurious Holland America Eurodam, the Soul Train Cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for Turks and Caicos, San Juan (Puerto Rico), St. Thomas, the Bahamas and the private island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.
Soul Train has been an integral part of popular culture since its debut in 1970 and continues be a vital force in entertainment with its all-star Soul Train Awards shows. Soul Train is also one of the most successful shows ever created, holding the record for the longest, first-run, nationally syndicated television show ever and remains popular to this day. Vintage episodes have aired on CENTRIC in recent years, nearly 500,000 DVDs have been sold, and the Soul Train Awards draw international superstars to its annual ceremony.
Reservations for cabins on this cruise may be made now by visiting www.SoulTrainCruise.com or by calling (toll free) (855) SOUL TRAIN (855-768-5872).