Opry Country Classics Music Lovers Cruise

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Love country music and sailing the open seas while gorging on food, and smoking cigars while sipping bourbon at night? If so, the Grand Ol' Opry has a great opportunity for you coming up next January when they set sail with Charley Pride, Chris Young, Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown with special guest Helen Cornelius aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 14, 2010) – Fans of the most treasured songs in country music history are in for a treat when the Opry Country Classics Cruise sails Jan. 30 – Feb. 6, 2011. The music-filled adventure will take guests to the Mexican Riviera aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas.  Grand Ole Opry stars Charley Pride, Jim Ed Brown and Jeannie Seely are set to entertain during the seven-night voyage.  Additionally, newcomer Chris Young, nominated for the Top New Solo Vocalist award by the Academy of Country Music, will be part of the line-up along with special guest Helen Cornelius. This marks the Opry’s 14th annual cruise and its first on Royal Caribbean International.

“We always have the time of our lives meeting the fans and enjoying our fellow artists’ music on board the Opry Cruise,” Pride said. “It looks like the 2011 cruise is going to be better than ever.”

Fans of the classics will experience private shows by the artists performing their own hits in addition to all-time country favorites throughout the week. Additional musical fun onboard will include classic country karaoke with celebrity guests and an exclusive cocktail party with fellow Opry Country Classics Cruise guests. A full casino, deck activities including a nine-hole miniature golf course, dancing, first-run movies, and gourmet dining also are included.  All meals in Mariner of the Seas’ main dining room and Windjammer Café,  including a special “Welcome Aboard” party with the Captain and a gala Bon Voyage Dinner are included.  Departing from Los Angeles, guests will visit three ports of call: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta.

“Royal Caribbean International looks forward to welcoming the stars of the Grand Ole Opry and guests aboard Mariner of the Seas,” said Vicki Freed, senior vice president of Sales, Trade Support and Services, Royal Caribbean International. “In addition to the exciting Opry Country Classics line-up, guests will enjoy a cruise to the Mexican Riviera aboard the largest and most innovative cruise ship home-ported in the Pacific. Mariner of the Seas also features an onboard ice-skating rink and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard of boutiques, cafes and bars and lounges, where street parties and parades are held.”

For more information on each artist on the cruise, details about ports of call, on board activities, and more, visit oprycruise.com. Prices for the Opry Country Classics Cruise start at $1,158 per person, government taxes and fees are additional. To book this cruise and participate in all the private Opry functions, contact Corporate Travel Service Inc. at (866) 653-OPRY (6779).

About the Grand Ole Opry:

The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  A uniquely American experience for more than 80 years, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America’s Grand Ole Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network.  The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels.  For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.


About Royal Caribbean International:

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 21 ships currently in service and one under construction. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand.


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