2016 TCM Classic Cruise to be the Last

It’s the final boarding call for classic films at sea.

The sixth TCM Classic Cruise this fall on the Disney Fantasy will be the final classic film cruise, even though all previous cruises have sold out.

“As TCM continues to grow and evolve, we will look to explore new business opportunities in markets across the country that will allow us to connect and engage with our fans in new and different ways,” said a spokesperson at Turner Classic Movies.

That includes the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California next April 6-9, but also potentially other local events.

In the meantime, the cruise, set to sail out of Port Canaveral for seven nights from Nov. 12-19 with celebrity guests Leslie Caron, Mitzi Gaynor, Jerry Lewis and Kim Novak still has limited space available.


At 4,000-passenger capacity, this is the biggest ship TCM has ever used for the cruise and for the longest itinerary. The previous three TCM Classic Cruises have been on the 2,700-passsenger Disney Magic while the first two cruises were with Celebrity Cruises.

Disney Fantasy has both the main Walt Disney Theatre with 1,340 capacity and the 399-person capacity Buena Vista Theatre as well as the giant LED Funnel Vision screen on the pool deck. The two theaters are bigger than their counterparts on Disney Magic as well. Fantasy is Disney’s newest ship, having begun service in 2012.

This year’s cruise will visit two new ports of call for the classic movie cruise: San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten as well as Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

While the sailing is on a Disney ship, the cruise is booked through tcmcruise.com or by calling 877-223-7030. And while there are some Disney touches, it’s mostly adults, and really geared toward fans of classic films with screenings, Q&A sessions, trivia, karaoke and other activities.

Rates range from $1,910 per person based on double occupancy for an inside stateroom to $3,660 per person for a deluxe family oceanview cabin with veranda. Lower prices for three-, four- and five-person suites are available in many categories. That price does not include $360 per person for taxes, fees and gratuities.

Besides the marquee talent, on board have been TCM cohosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz as well, although Osborne has been absent from TCM of late. This year will plan to have celebrities Dick Cavett, Diane Baker and Alex Trebek. As always, the talent is subject to change. Last year’s cruise featured Eva Marie Saint, Louis Gossett Jr. and Roger Corman among others.

Dancing legend and actress Leslie Caron is best known for her roles in 1951’s “An American in Paris,” 1958’s “Gigi” and 1953’s “Lili,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She also received a nomination for the Best Actress Oscar for 1962’s “The L-Shaped Room.”

Comedic actor Jerry Lewis is best known for his roles in 1963’s “The Nutty Professor” and 1960’s “The Bellboy,” but originally gained fame as half of the comedy team Martin and Lewis in the 1940s and 50s with Dean Martin before going off on successful solo careers. He was also the longtime host the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

Mitzi Gaynor is best known for her roles in 1958’s “South Pacific” and 1954’s “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Kim Novak is best known for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” but also films such as 1955’s “The Man With the Golden Arm” and 1955’s “Picnic.”

From the Orlando Sentinel

Disney Pairs Up With Turner to Promote TCM and The Great Movie Ride

Great Movie Ride:TCM

From the New York Times –

There is a saying in Hollywood, attributed to Katharine Hepburn, about why the pairing of Fred Astaire and Gingers Rogers worked so well: “He gave her class, and she gave him sex.” Two familiar names in entertainment that are teaming up for another pas de deux may not be Astaire and Rogers, but they are giving each other something each wants.

The Turner Classic Movies cable channel is joining with two divisions of the Walt Disney Company for an agreement, to be announced on Wednesday, that underlines how media giants are increasingly collaborating on content-marketing efforts.

TCM will help the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division make changes to the Great Movie Ride, a long-running attraction at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios section of Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

In return, TCM will receive “Presented by” credits at the attraction on posters, banners, display windows, marquees and the like, which will also display the TCM logo.

In the other part of the deal, another Disney division, Walt Disney Studios, will provide TCM with vintage movies, cartoons, documentaries and episodes of TV series like “Disneyland” and “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” for a periodic programming block on the channel under the banner of “Treasures From the Disney Vault.”

The block will be offered by TCM “roughly four to five times a year,” said Charlie Tabesh, senior vice president for programming and production of TCM.

“Disney films and other programming have been seen a little bit on TCM, but not much,” he added. “It will be exciting to dig into the vault and see classic Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney,’ ” he said.

The initial block of Disney programming by TCM is to run from 8 p.m., Eastern time, on Dec. 21 through 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 22. “It’s a Sunday night,” Mr. Tabesh said, “a perfect family night and getting close to Christmas.”

Among the nine scheduled items from the Disney archives are “Santa’s Workshop,” a 1932 cartoon; “The Disneyland Story,” in which Walt Disney himself describes in 1954 plans for the park named Disneyland that he opened in Anaheim, Calif., the next year; “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier,” edited from episodes of a “Disneyland” serial about the frontiersman; and “The Vanishing Prairie,” a nature documentary.

The changes for the Disney World ride are scheduled to be introduced in the first quarter of 2015, perhaps in the early spring. What visitors see as they wait for the ride and watch as part of the finale will receive a reboot under the aegis of TCM, playing on its reputation as an expert in classic film.

Among the new elements will be a video featuring Robert Osborne, the host who has been the face of TCM since the channel began operations in 1994; he will identify himself as “from Turner Classic Movies.”

The idea is to “inject TCM brand authority” into the ride, said Pola Changnon, vice president for brand creative and on-air promotions at TCM, and “pique the curiosity” of visitors, encouraging them to explore the world of classic film once they are home.

TCM is part of the Turner Entertainment Networks division of Turner Broadcasting System, which is owned by Time Warner. The agreement between TCM and the Disney divisions, for undisclosed terms, expands upon a relationship between TCM and various parts of Disney.

For instance, the fourth TCM Classic Cruise, held last month, was the second aboard the Disney Cruise Line ship called Disney Magic. And a highlight of the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, held in April, was a 50th anniversary screening of the Disney Studios movie “Mary Poppins” at El Capitan Theater, which is owned by Disney.

“We’re looking at this as a strategic alliance that brings together two very strong brands, both with a core in the business of entertainment,” said Carlos Castro, vice president for corporate alliances of Disney, “and complements Disney’s commitment to great storytelling and delivering quality family entertainment.”

“Part of our process in vetting all our partners is making sure their brands align with the Disney brand,” Mr. Castro added, “and both brands are a natural fit.” The TV initiative “lets us share more classic Disney stories with TCM audiences,” he said, and “the refresh of the Great Movie Ride” will “enhance the guest experience by showcasing TCM content and talent.”

Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM, echoed Mr. Castro in describing the “multifaceted creative collaboration” called for under the new agreement as “truly a natural fit.” That is important in content marketing, she said, lest TCM viewers and Disney World guests deem the partnership inauthentic.

Disney World, Disneyland and El Capitan are examples of what is known as experiential marketing, which gives consumers a chance to experience brands in tangible form. TCM has been delving into experiential marketing with steps that include, in addition to the cruises and film festivals, guided tours with classic-movies themes in Los Angeles and New York; auctions of film memorabilia by Bonhams that are “presented by TCM”; and annual screenings of “Miracle on 34th Street” outside the Macy’s Herald Square store that is key to the movie’s plot.

According to TCM executives, the agreement began with an administrative assistant, Amanda Tymeson, who returned from a visit to Disney World and suggested “that TCM and Disney would be great partners” in revamping the Great Movie Ride, Ms. Dorian said. Ms. Tymeson has since been promoted.

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