'Little House' Reunion On The Seas, Exclusive
Posted by Tommy Garrett on May 10, 2011 - 9:09:20 PM
HOLLYWOOD—It is highly unlikely that while Laura Ingalls Wilder was writing about the “Little House In The Big Woods” (Pepin, Wisconsin) or “Little House on The Prairie” (Walnut Grove, Minnesota), that she ever thought the characters of her stories would make it as far as California, let alone gather together south of the border on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean. Now, fans from all over the world can fulfill their fantasies of meeting their favorite cast members in, of all places, the Mexican Riviera.
This November, dedicated fans can pack their swimsuits as well as their bonnets, as the Carnival Splendor sets sail on the first ever “Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion Cruise.” If the name of the ship sounds familiar, you’ve heard it before. For many Americans, the two-year-old Carnival Splendor forever will be known as the “Spam Cruise” ship — the vessel stranded at sea last November for days without power. But Carnival fans also know it as one of the line’s biggest, newest and most appealing vessels — and one that’s looking better than ever these days, thanks to the unprecedented, three-month-long overhaul in dry dock that followed last year’s incident.
The fare includes a private cocktail party with 11 original “Little House” cast members who will be on board for exclusive autograph/photo opportunities, the “Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder” presented by Dean Butler, an evening of comedy with author and stand-up comedian Alison Arngrim, a special discussion panels and a fan Q&A session with cast members. Here’s your opportunity to find out: What was Michael Landon really like and why didn't he wear underwear? Did Baby Carrie get hurt falling down the hill and did she actually ever speak ”¦ English? How many and which cast members were related in real life? (Hint - 8 brothers and sisters) Were there any behind the scenes rivalries? What were the cast members' favorite episodes? And, most importantly, why was Nellie Oleson such a Bitch!?
NBC’s 1970s classic “Little House on the Prairie” has attained worldwide cult status. Still airing in 140 countries today, the stories from American pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life have been dubbed into every known language, with DVDs available in English, French, German, Dutch and other languages.
The fanaticism for all things “Prairie” shows no signs of dying down. Just in the last 2 years, both Melissa Gilbert, (Laura Ingalls Wilder) and Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) saw their autobiographies hit the New York Times Best Seller List and the musical adaptation of “Little House on the Prairie” toured across the U.S. to sold out houses.
Facebook is filled with tribute pages to the show, from every country and in every language. Fan websites dedicated to the series and it's stars are all over the Internet. Even Twitter is not safe - there is now a Twitter “avatar” chatting away for every character from the series: from Laura, Mary and Nellie, all the way down to “Jack the Dog.”
Whether you travel by car, train, buggy, schooner or horseback, don’t miss the chance to leave the banks of Plum Creek behind for more exciting frontiers that include breathtaking views of Mazatlan, the sites of Puerto Vallarta and exploring Cabo San Lucas, to name a few.
WHAT: “Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion Cruise”
WHERE: Aboard the Carnival Splendor on the Mexican Riviera
WHEN: November 13-20
WHO: Alison Arngrim, (“Nellie Oleson” of “Little House on the Prairie” New York Times Best Selling author of “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch” also: “Make the Yuletide Gay”), Dean Butler, (Almanzo Wilder” of “Little House on the Prairie” also: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “The New Gidget”), Lucy Lee Flippin, (“Eliza Jane Wilder” of “Little House on the Prairie” also: “Fran Castleberry” of “Flo”), Lindsey and Sidney Greenbush, (“Baby Carrie” of “Little House on the Prairie”}, Stan Ivar, (“John Carter” of “Little House on the Prairie”, “Days of Our Lives”), Hersha Parady, (“Alice Garvey” of “Little House on the Prairie”), Pamela Roylance, (“Sara Carter” of “Little House on the Prairie”, currently seen in “The Social Network”, “Jack & Bobby”), Charlotte Stewart, (“Miss Beadle” of “Little House on the Prairie” also: “Tremors”, “Twin Peaks”, and “Mary X” of David Lynch’s “Eraser Head”), Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh, (“Baby Grace” of “Little House on the Prairie”)
The cruise will depart from Long Beach and touch port in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Prices per person and double occupancy will begin at $879 plus $215.54 in taxes and ocean liner fees. For further information contact Corporate Travel Service, 800-727-1999, ext. 158, CTScentral.net.
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