That delightful nautical pose of Carole Lombard ties in with today's entry, dealing with the recent TCM Classic Film Festival. It was a huge success, with attendance of about 25,000; passholders came from every state except West Virginia (what gives, Mountaineers?) as well as Canada, Italy, Romania, Poland, Australia, France and Argentina. Some of those fans can be seen inside Grauman's Chinese Theater, waiting for one of the many classic film showings:
Consequently, the channel has announced that a third annual event will take place in 2012, but that's not all. Before this year is out, TCM will sponsor its first-ever cruise. From the news release:
"The new TCM Classic Cruise is set for Dec. 8-12, 2011. It will be a five-day/four-night event aboard Celebrity Millennium. The multi-faceted, interactive experience is being planned by TCM in partnership with cruise production company Sixthman, the industry leader in theme cruises. The TCM Classic Cruise will sail from Miami to Key West and Cozumel.
"The TCM Classic Cruise will include live appearances by Hollywood legends, as well as exclusive events with [TCM host Robert] Osborne and TCM weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz. In addition to the ocean liner’s amenities, travelers will be treated to a wide variety of movie-themed events, from screenings and panel discussions to trivia contests and parties."
Above is said boat, shown off the coast of Ketchikan, Alaska -- a far cry from the terrain TCM cruisers will view this December.
More information on the event will gradually be announced in ensuing weeks. Again, from the release:
"Celebrity Millennium accommodates more than 2,000 passengers in 1,017 staterooms, 80 percent of which feature an ocean view. Pre-sale begins May 9 and run through May 19. Cabins go on sale publicly May 20. Prices for interior cabins start at $795, which also includes meals, entertainment, and onboard activities. Guests can visit http://www.tcmclassiccruise.com for more information and details on booking a reservation."
All in all, another way for TCM to promote its brand to its zealous fan base and beyond. If you're a landlubber and prefer to wait for the 2012 festival, go to http://www.tcm.com/festival for details, which will gradually be released.
Ready to set sail?