Malt Shop Memories Cruise

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The Malt Shop Memories Cruise sailed Oct. 30 – Nov. 6 from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam.

Produced by StarVista LIVE, the sold out music cruise featured daily concerts and interactive activities with cruisers and the artists including Dion, Frankie Avalon, The Righteous Brothers, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Chubby Checker, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and Chris Montez.

Dion – 2022 cruise photos by Jamie K. Kuser

Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers

Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits

Chubby Checker

Darlene Love

Frankie Avalon and cruise host Jerry Blavat

Additional performers onboard were Brooklyn Bridge, The Duprees, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Miracles, Jan & Dean’s Beach Party starring Dean Torrence, The Capris, The Dixie Cups and cruise host Jerry Blavat (the Geator with the Heater). Tribute artists included George Trullinger, Tim Stamper, Cara Lee, Sheri Winkelman, Sounds of the Street, Brian Duprey, Jimmy Maddox and comedian Robert Klein.

Additionally, Elvis tribute artists onboard were Dwight Icenhower, Matt Cage, Anthony Shore, Jay Zanier and Taylor Rodriguez.

Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean’s Beach Party

Bill Haley Jr.

The 2023 Malt Shop Cruise is now on sale and the lineup includes The Temptations, Little Anthony, Jay & The Americans, The Lettermen, Al Jardine, The Bronx Wanderers, Peter Asher and more.
Save money on your cabin reservation and use the promo code “Happenings.” This cruise sells out each year.
Call 844-855-6258 or visit online at

Chris Montez

December ’63

Bobby Wilson

The Chiclettes

Michael D’Amore of The Capris


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