Fans get chance to cruise with crooner Ronnie Dove
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:29

Cruise featuring singer set for next March

by Nicole Rodman

    Living music legend Ronnie Dove considers Dundalk his “second home.”
    Originally from Herndon, Va., Dove got his start as a singer crooning in the clubs of Baltimore.
    Now, he is offering fans a special chance to hear his music, and meet the man, up close as he performs on the Carnival Pride cruise ship out of Baltimore next March.
    The one-time cruise will depart from the Port of Baltimore on Sunday, March 17, and sail to the Bahamas, returning on Sunday, March 24.
    In addition to seven days of accommodations and meals, Ronnie Dove cruisers will get the chance to see a private musical show, attend a cocktail party and meet Ronnie Dove in an autograph session.
   

These cruisers will also receive a $25 room credit and a commemorative gift.
    Dove has not performed on a cruise since his friend and fellow performer Winston “Buddy” Deane passed away in 2003.
    Host of the local teen dance show “The Buddy Deane Show” on WJZ-TV, Deane became good friends with Dove after the singer’s appearance on his show.
    Though Deane later moved to Arkansas, he returned to Baltimore each year to do a cruise with old friend Dove.
    As the years passed after Deane’s death, Dove’s friends and fans kept asking him to do another cruise.
    Finally, after some convincing from CruiseOne travel agent Sara Perkins, who has organized past Dove cruises, he agreed.
    The Carnival Pride, complete with performances by Ronnie Dove, will leave port on March 17.
    Dove paid his dues singing in the clubs of Baltimore before breaking out with such hits as “Say You,” “Right or Wrong,” “My Babe” and “Cry”.
    Today, Dove continues to perform around the Baltimore area and is an annual crowd favorite at the Dundalk Heritage Fair.
    As Dove notes, he has performed at the fair for 17 years straight. He still looks forward to it each year.
    The site of many of Dove’s most ardent fans, Dundalk always turns out when Dove is in town.
    “Dundalk is my favorite place in the world to work,” Dove noted last week, adding, “I have so many friends in Dundalk. It is my second home.”
    Accompanying Dove on the cruise will be Baltimore-born singer Charley L and Pennsylvania-based musician Michael Coulter.
    Rates for the cruise vary, depending on type of accommodation, between $727.63 to $927.63 per person for the weeklong cruise.
    For more information, or to register for the cruise, call Sara Perkins at CruiseOne at 410-569-7522 or visit the web at www.cruisedownmemorylane.info/default.html.