ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER ELVIS CRUISE!
The big wheels keep on turning here at Arena Travel with news of another unbelievable event to look forward during Elvis Week in Memphis. We have joined forces with the folks at Essential Elvis UK to bring you something very exciting this August that we know you are just gonna love. Let us tell you more...Believe it or not, we have gone ahead and chartered our very own riverboat exclusively for a wonderful cruise along the mighty Mississippi river. Join us for this very cool afternoon of fantastic Elvis music, amazing guests, snacks and unlimited soft drinks as we take in the sights and sounds of Memphis from a very different angle.
MEMPHIS QUEEN III
The “Queen III” is decorated inside and out in the classic Victorian Riverboat style. She is heavy on the charm with “gingerbread” on every suitable surface. Twinkling carriage lights, elegant drapes, and classic flowered carpeting in the main salon. The raised and carpeted stage on the “QUEEN III” is located in the stern of the main salon with a river view at the stern and on both sides.
Primary Boarding location is 251 Riverside Drive. **Notice — Cruises may be require to board from the original location: 45 South Riverside Dr. Every step will be taken to provide ample notice of any changes to departure location.
Are we handicap accessible? Yes and No. The Beale Street Landing facility is ADA Compliant from shore to dock. Our vessels and original docking facility are not required to ADA Compliant due to their age or historical standing. However, we routinely assist handicapped guests on to our vessels.
OUR SPECIAL GUESTS!
We are all bursting to tell you that we have not one, but three very special guests on board - and we mean special. Have you ever wondered what it was like to be Elvis' girlfriend? Perhaps you'd like to find out first-hand what it was like to share romantic times at Graceland, on tour or in Las Vegas. We are giving you the opportunity to meet three of Elvis' former girlfriends on our cruise. Incredibly, these young ladies have never attended Elvis Week before, and we are delighted to host them all for the very first time. Please, do not miss the the very rare chance to meet them all together in once place. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all.
Elvis' third tour of 1975 began in July and there to accompany him was the reigning Miss Georgia USA, Diana Goodman. Elvis called Diana personally to ask her to join the tour and he arranged for her to fly out to meet him in style on his private Lear jet. They had met at Graceland a short time earlier when Diana was invited to the Memphian Theater to watch movies with Elvis and the guys. The funny, curvaceous blonde can be seen with Elvis in several photographs taken on July 19th 1975 as they rode in his limousine to and from his concerts in Uniondale, New York. Of their first meeting Diana recalls, "Of course, the entire world was his stage. He literally took my breath away!"
Elvis dated actress / model Mindi Miller in the spring of 1975 and she accompanied him on the first leg of his tour in April, which consisted mainly of cities in Florida and the Southern states. They had a lot in common, including a love of all kinds of religions, the art of karate and numerology, often reading and spending hours talking about the subject. Mindi stayed in touch with Elvis for the rest of his life and he enjoyed her uplifting personality and wit. "Elvis was the most caring, unselfish soul I've ever met in my life. Mindi says. "He was a Southern gent in every way."
During Elvis' January / February 1974 engagement in Las Vegas he became acquainted with 23-year-old Ann Pennington, a model / actress and future Playboy Playmate who lived in LA. They shared the same Beverly Hills dentist, Max Shapiro, who telephoned Ann to set up the initial meeting. The pair had met previously at Elvis' home in California and from the beginning he found the soulful Ann, with her big, expressive eyes, easy to be around. “There was an awful lot of feeling there,” she says of the year-long relationship. “My experience with Elvis was nothing but fun and sweetness.”
Ticket price: £80
Your ticket includes a 3-hour event consiting of a relaxing cruise with Elvis music, snacks and soft drinks. As an extra bonus we will include a complimentary 8x10 photograph of each of our guests as a souvenir of your afternoon. All three ladies are delighted to be able to do this for you, and I know that they are really looking forward to meeting fans from around the world.