Elvis Cruise To Sail Again in 2012

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Apparently cruising continues to be a hit with Elvis fans, a couple of thousand of whom will be packing their blue suede shoes once again next year for a sailing themed around "the King."

The 2012 Elvis Cruise is the fifth annual tribute offered by organizer Sixthman, and embarks on Jan. 12 – just days after fans will no doubt pause to celebrate Elvis's Jan. 8 birthday.

The four-night sailing is on Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination, from Jacksonville, Florida, and visits the Bahamas. Inside cabins start at $599 per person.

The Elvis cruises have proven very popular in the past, the organizers say. Reservations open April 4, but pre-sale registration is currently available online.

The 5th Annual Elvis Cruise will feature a dozen tribute artists as well as "many of his friends and associates," according to Sixthman.

Musicians who played with Elvis, including The Imperials, Holladay Sisters and The Memphis Boys, and musical director Joe Guercio, will be onboard along with movie co-stars including Cynthia Pepper, who played Corporal Midge Riley in the 1964 Elvis Presley film "Kissin' Cousins."

There will also be Elvis-themed parties and other special events. "From panel discussions and concerts, to fashion shows and movies, the entire ship is filled with Elvis!," the company says on its website.

Elvis isn't the only musical act that has proven popular with fans on the high seas. Others include Kid Rock – who just announced Run DMC's Rev Run would join him performing on his second annual Chillin' the Most Cruise this spring – and Bare Naked Ladies.

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