Cruising Loves The Beatles


Will the world ever get enough of The Beatles?

We used to think it was just our generation, which grew up on the seven years when the Beatles did "Get Together." It would appear, however, that The Long And Winding Road is multi-generational for its occupants.

If it weren't, there wouldn't be a theatre built for Love in Las Vegas, where the music of The Beatles plays twice daily.

If it weren't, today's teenagers wouldn't know the lyrics of many more Beatles songs than those two.

If it weren't, you wouldn't see things like Beatles Tribute Cruises, on the biggest ship in the world.

The latest incarnation of the cruise leaves Fort Lauderdale on March 3. It's on Allure of the Seas, which shares the "biggest ship" bragging rights with its sister the Oasis, which was the ship of choice for the 2012 Beatles Tribute Cruise. It costs almost $1,500 to ride around the Caribbean for a week, listening to people with Beatles connections talk and sing.

The 2013 Beatles connections are Mark Hudson, once a producer for Ringo Starr; Billy J. Kramer, once a well-known singer who covered Beatles songs; Joey Molland, once a singer for Badfinger, once a group on the Beatles label; and Revolution, still a Beatles tribute band.

If that sounds like a stretch, maybe it is. But after watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games, billed as a tribute to British music, one thing was obvious from the number of Beatles songs that were performed or played.

This act is a long way from being over.

Carnival Conquest
7 nights
December 16, 2012
New Orleans (return): Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Inside: $439
Cost per day: $62

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