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Australians ‘all shook up’ over Elvis cruise

How popular is Elvis in Australia? Popular enough that an Australia-based event organizer has been able to fill an entire cruise ship with Elvis fans.

Australia’s Daily Telegraph today reports that what’s billed as Australia’s first Elvis cruise set sail this week on Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas, which is spending the winter in the region.

The three-day King Tribute Cruise, as the Elvis-themed voyage is called, features shows by 14 Elvis tribute artists, the Daily Telegraph says. Organizer Johnny Welsh got the idea after running a succesful ’50s and ’60s music cruise last year, and he was so convinced the cruise would sell out that he mortgaged his house to pay the $340,000-a-day fee to charter the ship from Royal Caribbean, the news outlet says.

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Elvis-themed cruises began popping up several years ago in the North American cruise market. Atlanta-based event organizer Sixthman held its fifth Elvis Cruise in January in the Caribbean aboard a Carnival ship. Read more about Sixthman’s Elvis cruises.

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