So many individuals have favorite recording artists that they love.  Quite often, they collectively groove at concerts in arenas with thousands of people. But the magnificent Soul Train Cruise, presented annually by StarVista LIVE, offers an unbelievably elevated experience with individuals’ beloved artists.  What makes the fantastic voyage extra special is that it presents an unparalleled, up-close and personal encounter.

On this year’s 2019 cruise, by day, many of the celebrities were seen leisurely strolling throughout the ship personally greeting fans and signing autographs. By night, as the ship meandered gently through the seas to the exotic islands of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Half Moon Cay, guests jammed to the soulful melodies of the world-famous artists.

an Elegant Night Out onboard the Soul Train Cruise
an Elegant Night Out

There are several planned events that allow for celebrity interaction with guests on this annual cruise. With per person prices starting at $1,900 for interior staterooms to $9,575 for Pinnacle Suites, you will have the time of your life on this nightly themed, sensational cruise.

Smokey Robinson at White Night aboard the Soul Train Cruise
Smokey Robinson at White Night.

Go to Lido Deck Performances

Guests can get a great look at the performers and can literally step away from them. In some instances, once the singers come off stage, they are kind enough to greet the fans and take photos with them. Performers included The Dazz Band of “Let it Whip” fame and George Clinton with smash hits like Flashlight, Knee Deep, Aqua Boogie, Atomic Dog, and One Nation Under a Groove.

Pastor Clifton Davis at the Soul Train Cruise
Pastor Clifton Davis

Attend Daily Devotionals and Renew Your Wedding Vows

Each morning, pastor and superstar actor Clifton Davis, starring in shows like Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods, New Amsterdam, and Chinese Cop, hosted Daily Devotional in an intimate environment. Guests spoke with him at each service. It is a really great honor to have a celebrity to officiate the renewal of your wedding vows. Pastor Davis did so for guests and took photos with the couples afterward.

Wine Tasting with Marshall of The ChiLites, Soul Train Cruise
Wine Tasting with Marshall of The ChiLites

Get Tickets to the Elite Wine Tasting Event

Wine enthusiasts can spend one on one time with the host of this exclusive event.  Legendary recording artist, Marshall Thompson of The Chi-Lites, with songs like Oh Girl, Have You Seen Her, and Stoned Out of My Mind, was the host of this event which benefited the Don Cornelius Foundation.

The Legendary ChiLites. Soul Train Cruise
The Legendary ChiLites

Attend All Access Pass Interviews

This event allows guest to sit and listen to the best performers in the world, such as Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight, reminisce about their stellar careers and share details on upcoming tours. Moderated by Tony Cornelius, cruise host and son of legendary Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, the attendees get an opportunity to learn all about the record labels and how and why songs were written.

Smokey Robinson Q and A Session with Tony Cornelius. Soul Cruise
Smokey Robinson Q and A Session with Tony Cornelius. Photo Patricia Koo Photography. Courtesy of Soul Train Cruise

Go to the Soul of the 70’s Q & A Events

In these intimate events, the audience gets an opportunity to ask the questions of their choice and get them answered right then and there. This was a special time for fans to learn all they want to know about their idols including The Chi-Lites, Ray, Goodman, and Brown, The Ohio Players, and Dazz Band.

Tony Cornelius cruise host and son of legendary Don Cornelius. Soul Train Cruise
Tony Cornelius cruise host and son of legendary Don Cornelius

Attend the Women’s Seminar and Dance Classes

Everything women would want to know can be asked of a celebrity in the Girl Talk event.  It’s especially nice when the advice comes from Superstar Evelyn Champagne King with credits such as Shame, Love Come Down, and Betcha She Doesn’t Love You. After eating the great cuisine, cruisers took part in dance classes with famed and iconic Soul Train dancer Cheryl Song.

Disembark at Half Moon Cay

Cruisers should definitely get off the ship at Half Moon Cay. That’s because the celebrities get off too! They take photos and chat with the guests about most anything you like. Fans were behind one of The Ohio Players at the ice cream tent, standing shoulder to shoulder with Clifton Davis at the fabulous outdoor buffet, and lounging on the beach near other VIP.

Please click on this link to discover more information about this upcoming luxury cruise which sails from January 18 – 25, 2020.  Commencing in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, it will go to St. Maarten, St. Croix, and Half Moon Cay.  The star-studded lineup includes cruise Host Tony Cornelius, The Jacksons, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Gill, Cameo, Peabo Bryson, War, Atlantic Starr, Karyn White, Regina Belle, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, The Urban Guerilla Orchestra, and the Original Soul Train Dancers. There will be more than 50 live performances and 25 special celebrity events.

Smokey Robinson. Soul Train Cruise
Smokey Robinson

 Join StarVista LIVE on 7 Global Star-Studded Cruises and Events

  1. 10th Anniversary Malt Shop Memories Cruise – November 2 – 9, 2019 –
  2. Soul Train Cruise – January 18 – 25, 2020 –
  3. The Country Music Cruise – January 25 – February 1, 2019 –
  4. Ultimate Disco Cruise – February 10 – 15, 2019 –
  5. 70s Rock and Romance Cruise – February 15 – 22, 2020 –
  6. 5th Anniversary Flower Power Cruise – March 28 – April 4, 2020 –
  7. Abbey Road on the River Festival – May 21 – 25, 2020 –

To learn more about StarVista LIVE’s events, visit the website at  and follow the company on Facebook:

Keeping Up with the 7 of 2019 All-Star Performers

  1. Gladys Knight
  2. Smokey Robinson
  3. The Dazz Band
  4. The Chi-Lites
  5. New Birth
  6. Jacob Lusk

Global Travel Journalist Leslie E. Royal’s Mosaic of Interaction with the Superstars
Upscale Living magazine contributor Leslie E. Royal was aboard the 2019 Soul Train Cruise. She had an opportunity to meet, greet, and interview several celebrities on board. They included Tony Cornelius (son of Don Cornelius), Clifton Davis, one of The Ohio Players, The Dazz Band, The Chi-Lites, Soul Train Dancer Cheryl Song, and Ray, Goodman, and Brown.

The Dazz Band
The Dazz Band

Leslie E. Royal is an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, social media influencer, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including ESSENCE, Black Enterprise,, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books:  Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One-Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) – How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps (Leslie’s Lane Inc.) ($9.95) Follow Leslie! Instagram and Amazon Author page

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Leslie E. Royal is an international travel writer, author, micro-influencer, and veteran multi-media journalist. She loves to travel with her wonderful husband Tony, grandbaby Kedei Savanna, children Antasha and Jay, and son-in-love Jules! When she's not traveling, she's writing and working on other exciting projects. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including Chicago Tribune, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, Upscale Living, Medium, The Ashro Blog, AAA Midwest Traveler, Upscale, and AAA Southern Traveler. She is an Ashro Brand Ambassador and the host of their popular video series called Onward and Upward with Leslie E. Royal. The creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog, she has two books: Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One-Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) and How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps ($9.95). Follow Leslie on Instagram @LesliesLane and see her Amazon Author Page.