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This year's TCM Classic Cruise will be the last

This is the final year for the TCM Classic Cruise

It's the final boarding call for classic films at sea.

The sixth TCM Classic Cruise this fall on the Disney Fantasy will be the final classic film cruise, even though all previous cruises have sold out.

"As TCM continues to grow and evolve, we will look to explore new business opportunities in markets across the country that will allow us to connect and engage with our fans in new and different ways," said a spokesperson at Turner Classic Movies.

That includes the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California next April 6-9, but also potentially other local events.

In the meantime, the cruise, set to sail out of Port Canaveral for seven nights from Nov. 12-19 with celebrity guests Leslie Caron, Mitzi Gaynor, Jerry Lewis and Kim Novak still has limited space available.

Fans of TCM took to Facebook to bemoan the announcement.

Bonnie Conway writes, "Oh nooooo! That was on my bucket list for the future. Oh well, out of my control. Scratch that."

At 4,000-passenger capacity, this is the biggest ship TCM has ever used for the cruise and for the longest itinerary. The previous three TCM Classic Cruises have been on the 2,700-passsenger Disney Magic while the first two cruises were with Celebrity Cruises.

Disney Fantasy has both the main Walt Disney Theatre with 1,340 capacity and the 399-person capacity Buena Vista Theatre as well as the giant LED Funnel Vision screen on the pool deck. The two theaters are bigger than their counterparts on Disney Magic as well. Fantasy is Disney's newest ship, having begun service in 2012.

This year's cruise will visit two new ports of call for the classic movie cruise: San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten as well as Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

While the sailing is on a Disney ship, the cruise is booked through tcmcruise.com or by calling 877-223-7030. And while there are some Disney touches, it's mostly adults, and really geared toward fans of classic films with screenings, Q&A sessions, trivia, karaoke and other activities.

Rates range from $1,910 per person based on double occupancy for an inside stateroom to $3,660 per person for a deluxe family oceanview cabin with veranda. Lower prices for three-, four- and five-person suites are available in many categories. That price does not include $360 per person for taxes, fees and gratuities.

Besides the marquee talent, on board have been TCM cohosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz as well, although Osborne has been absent from TCM of late. This year wil plan to have celebrities Dick Cavett, Diane Baker and Alex Trebek. As always, the talent is subject to change. Last year's cruise featured Eva Marie Saint, Louis Gossett Jr. and Roger Corman among others.

Dancing legend and actress Leslie Caron is best known for her roles in 1951's "An American in Paris," 1958's "Gigi" and 1953's "Lili," for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She also received a nomination for the Best Actress Oscar for 1962's "The L-Shaped Room."

Comedic actor Jerry Lewis is best known for his roles in 1963's "The Nutty Professor" and 1960's "The Bellboy," but originally gained fame as half of the comedy team Martin and Lewis in the 1940s and 50s with Dean Martin before going off on successful solo careers. He was also the longtime host the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

Mitzi Gaynor is best known for her roles in 1958's "South Pacific" and 1954's "There's No Business Like Show Business." Kim Novak is best known for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" but also films such as 1955's "The Man With the Golden Arm" and 1955's "Picnic."

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