Kevin Richardson Rejoins Backstreet Boys for Cruise

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Backstreet Boys founding member Kevin Richardson has announced that he's back with the group after a five-year break -- for a little vacation time in the Bahamas.

Yes, Richardson has wisely decided to make his reentry during the second-annual Backstreet Boys Cruise, which embarks from Miami via the Carnival Inspiration on December 2.

Chartered by Rose Tours, the event is among an upcoming slate of music-themed voyages featuring chiseled hunks of the pop airwaves; Rick Springfield's vessel leaves November 5, and the New Kids on the Block set sail June 7, 2012. And judging by the wild abundance of Kiss Kruise coverage we've had lately, this is definitely in County Grind's wheelhouse.

Richardson spoke to Ryan Seacrest yesterday and confirmed that this is a special appearance -- but does not say he'll return to the group full-time.

"I would never say that it would never happen," he says. "I would love to perform with them again on a more regular basis. Our chemistry when we come together just feels like old times."

And perhaps he's a sucker for towels shaped like animals left on his pillow. Regardless, it looks like there's a rabid bunch of BSB supporters who will be delighted to hear the news. Footage from last year's cruise:

Backstreet Boys Cruise 2011. Friday, December 2, to Monday, December 5, on the Carnival Imagination, boarding at the Port of Miami. Tickets start at $899. Click here.

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