SOURCE: Jazz Cruises, LLC

February 07, 2007 10:00 ET

Jazz Cruises, LLC Announces The Elvis® Tribute Cruise Hosted by Jerry Schilling Labor Day Weekend, August 30 - September 3, 2007

Elvis Cruise Endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises

Officially Joins 30th Anniversary Year of Commemorations

Passengers Can Compete in Special Passenger "Tribute To Elvis" Contest for $10,000 First Prize

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ST. LOUIS, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 7, 2007 -- Be a part of rock 'n' roll history when Jazz Cruises, LLC, the world's only producer and operator of full charter, luxury music cruises, presents, in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), The Elvis Tribute Cruise, departing from Jacksonville, Florida with ports of call in Freeport and Nassau.

Spend Labor Day Weekend, August 30 - September 3, 2007, celebrating the career of the King of "Rock 'n' Roll" aboard the Carnival Celebration to enjoy a musical extravaganza to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his passing. Join host Jerry Schilling, Elvis' lifelong friend and entourage member, for the cruise experience of a lifetime. Enjoy performances by the finest Elvis tribute artists in the world, including the top contestants from the upcoming Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest™, the first official tribute contest ever presented by EPE. Perform in our special passengers' Elvis Tribute Contest and compete for the $10,000 "best in show" first prize. The cruise will also feature Elvis music, Elvis movies, appearances by celebrities who worked with Elvis, and passengers will participate in the grandest Elvis costume party ever held anywhere in the world.

Michael Lazaroff, executive director of Jazz Cruises, LLC, stated: "It is our mission to produce the most exciting and memorable musical events at sea. We are honored to be associated with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. as the producers of the only official 30th anniversary Elvis cruise in the world! Every cruise program that we do is faithful to the genre and first rate. This cruise will be no different. And, we are thrilled to have Jerry Schilling as part of our great team."

"We're excited about this project because it brings us another way to celebrate the legacy of Elvis," said EPE's chief marketing officer, Paul Jankowski, "and Jerry Schilling adds the insight and personal touch that make this event unique."

Jerry Schilling says: "This is a project that I have thought about for years. As a personal friend of Elvis, I am constantly asked to participate in events, but I will only do so if I believe that the event will truly honor his memory, be first class and celebrate his greatness. The Elvis Tribute Cruise does all three. It is an honor and a pleasure to host this event so wonderfully being produced by Jazz Cruises, LLC in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc."

More About Jazz Cruises, LLC

Jazz Cruises, LLC is the producer and promoter of the only full-ship charters in the world dedicated to music. Jazz Cruises, LLC controls and directs The Jazz Cruise, The Smooth Jazz Cruise hosted by Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz & Friends at Sea, North Sea Jazz Cruise hosted by Marcus Miller, The Latin Music Cruise hosted by Arturo Sandoval and the 2007 Elvis Tribute Cruise. Complete information is available at

More About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) is based in Memphis, with additional offices in Los Angeles. In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film video and Internet projects. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit EPE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc., a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ National Market® under the ticker symbol "CKXE." Also visit

More About Jerry Schilling

Jerry Schilling has spent forty years in the entertainment industry as an actor, a film editor, producer, and a manager for such acts as the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Joel. His credits as a film and television producer include "Elvis: Great Performances"; the ten-hour series "The History of Rock N' Roll"; and the A&E biographies of Brian Wilson and Sam Phillips. He also appeared in the 2005 CBS special "Elvis by the Presleys." He lives in Los Angeles in a home purchased for him by Presley.

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