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December 30, 1990

The Queen Mary and Spruce Goose Entertainment Center will host what it claims to be the largest New Year's Eve party on the West Coast. "Rock Around the Dock" will ring in 1991 with four separate dance parties.

A rock 'n' roll party under the Spruce Goose dome will feature the Bus Boys, whose credits include "The Boys Are Back in Town" from the movie "48 Hours," and a selection from the soundtrack album of Ghostbusters, "Cleaning Up the Town."

The dome also will feature the Untouchables, whose dance beat combines ska, soul, rap and reggae. Separating the two dome parties will be a Wall of Videos, a high-tech, multi-image video display hosted by disc jockey Jimmy K.

Latin music sensation Poncho Sanchez will perform with his conga drums in the Queen Mary Exhibit Hall, and the H.O.U.S.E. featuring Cliff Curtis will re-create sounds of the 1960s in the Britannia Salon.

Keeping with the Queen Mary's theme "Voyage to 1939," the Billy May Orchestra, directed by Kim Richmond, will relive the Queen Mary heyday with big band sounds in the Queen's Salon.

Guests will receive party favors and will be treated to a fireworks display. They also will have a chance to win a 1939 Nash Lafayette four-door automobile, valued at $12,000.

Tickets for "Rock Around the Dock" are $39 per person for access to all four dance parties. Food and beverage are available at additional cost.

In addition to "Rock Around the Dock," the Queen Mary will offer a New Year's Eve "High Society Cruise." This New Year's event will feature a one-night stay in one of the Hotel Queen Mary's newly restored staterooms, a five-course dinner in the Grand Salon and a variety of casino games.

Entertainment for the cruise will include dancing to the big band sounds of Les Brown and His Band of Renown in the Monte Carlo room. Reservations for the "High Society Cruise" are $590 per couple based on double occupancy, and include admission to all four "Rock Around the Dock" New Year's Eve parties.

Tickets for "Rock Around the Dock" can be purchased at the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose main gate or through Ticketmaster at 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000. For more information, call 499-1791. Reservations and information for the "High Society Cruise" can be made by calling 432-6964.

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