Wednesday 14 October 2015


John, Paul, George and Ringo grew up with the River Mersey and Liverpool's docks as the backdrop to their live and music and now, for the first time, the Beatles will be permanently honoured on a cruise ship.

The Cavern Club served as a venue for The Beatles and number of other rock acts in the 60s
Monday sees the unveiling of the Cavern Club on the newly refurbished Norwegian Epic - a replica of the cellar venue where the Fab Four played a frenetic residency in the days before their hit records.
It was also the venue where the likes of Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers performed back in the early 1960s.
The on-board Cavern is a joint venture with the club in Liverpool, where crowds are daily entertained by tribute bands and original acts.
Launching the Norwegian Cruise Line version are the original's regular act, the Cavern Club Beatles, with a high energy rock 'n' roll set - although whether they play Yellow Submarine isn't known.
Cruise passengers will be able to enjoy the Beatles music daily with live acts along with regularly changing tributes to other artists as well as original bands and singers.

The colour and atmosphere of the original club - the warm, dark setting with trademark brick arches, the brightly-coloured posters, the 1960s style - have all been recreated in the ship's version.

Also on board for the special occasion will be Jon Keats, a director of the Cavern Club, himself a musician and actor who plays in Beatles and John Lennon tributes and has appeared in stages shows about stars such as Billy Fury and Roy Orbison.

The Cavern is just the latest music offering on Norwegian Epic, which is fresh from a major refit.
The Cavern Club re-opened in 1984 after it was demolished
The ship's entertainment includes the West End musical Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, the ballroom dancing extravaganza Burn The Floor, comedy, duelling pianos and circus daredevils in the Cirque Dreams dinner show.

After The Cavern Club unveiling Norwegian Epic, which carries 4,100 people, leaves Southampton for a six-night cruise to Spain.

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