Celebrity to Offer New Musical, Gaming Experiences Aboard Christmas Cruises
21 and is due to return there on Saturday. In response to the outbreak which the CDC said affected 14.5% of passengers and 1.5% of crew onboard a beefed up cleaning and disinfection plan has been put in place on the ship. The CDC is also working with the cruise line on how to deal with “active cases” and cleansing procedures for when the ship returns to Bayonne. Through its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC said it would send an epidemiologist and an environmental health officer to meet the ship and do a health assessment, as well as to monitor sanitation procedures. The predominant symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness are vomiting and diarrhea. “Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship,” said Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. “At Celebrity Cruises we have high health standards for all our guests and crew. During the sailing, we are taking a number of steps to prevent the transmission of the illness, including implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols, and using special cleaning products and disinfectants that are proven to kill norovirus to clean throughout the ship. These activities will continue as the sailing proceeds,” Martinez explained. Ill passengers on the current sailing were confined to their cabins to prevent further spread and will be compensated for their lost vacation time, she added. Martinez said an “extensive and thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal,” would also take place in Bayonne to prevent the illness from affecting the ship’s next sailing also on a Canada/New England itinerary, embarking Saturday. Passengers booked on that sailing who are uncomfortable taking the cruise for reasons “related to personal health or otherwise,” will be able to reschedule their cruise, Martinez said. Norovirus is a common illness, affecting as many as 300 million people worldwide, Martinez noted. It is not limited to cruise ships.
Two artists will perform on each sailing. The lineup includes: Singer and musician Bo Bice, runner-up in the fourth season of American Idol Singer, actress and TV hostess Kimberly Caldwell, seventh-place finalist in season two, who released her debut album, Without Regret, in 2011 Melinda Doolittle, third-place finalist in season six, and previously backup singerfor a series of top artists Vocalist Matt Giraud, whose performance of My Funny Valentine landed him a fifth-place finish in season eight, followed by appearances on numerous talk shows Singer Mikalah Gordon, a finalist on the shows fourth season, who went on to record and landed appearances on several national TV shows Blake Lewis, singer-songwriter and beatboxer who was first runner-up in season six, and whose debut album, Audio Day Dream/A.D.D., was released through 19 Recordings/Arista Records Elliot Yamin, who placed third in season five and whose self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Billboard 200 In addition to performances, Celebritys Caribbean Christmas cruises will allow kids and adults alike to be among the first to experience the new Xbox One through Celebritys exclusive partnership with Xbox. The new all-in-one gaming and entertainment system will allow guests to play the new game Forza Motorsport 5. And, from now through Oct. 6, 2013, Celebrity is giving a special offer to guests who book these exceptional sailings: For guests booking Celebritys suite accommodations, kids or additional (third or fourth) guests sail free. When booking veranda accommodations, kids or additional guests sail for $49 per day, per person. Additionally, the offer can be combined with Celebritys Pick Your Perk event, allowing guests to choose one of four offers. Celebrity Cruises 2013 Caribbean Christmas sailings include: 14-night Exotic Southern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Eclipse departing December 14, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 10-night Ultimate Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Equinox departing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Dec. 20 Seven-night Caribbean Holiday Getaway cruise on Celebrity Reflection departing roundtrip from Miami, Fla., Dec. 21 Seven-nightSouthern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Summit departing roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec. 21 Seven-nightEastern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Silhouette departing roundtripfrom Fort Lauderdale Dec. 22 Five-night Western Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Constellation departing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Dec. 23 For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com .
But to the eye of charity experts, its ratio of expenses vs. donations is out of whack. In 2009, when White House economist Austan Goolsbee was crowned the Funniest , the show netted more than $14,000, after some $12,000 in event costs, according to the groups tax filings for that year which cite $0 in charitable donations. (Reps for the events beneficiary, Stand Up for Kids, did not respond to a request for comment.) Jon Lovett in 2011. (Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post) In 2010, when President Obamas speechwriter Jon Lovett bested ABC reporter John Hendren, the show also cost about $12,000 but netted nearly $19,000. Tax records indicate that Fisher House, which provides lodging for wounded vets and their families, saw $1,710 of that. (The charitys reps confirmed that they received a donation but would not disclose the amount.) And in 2011, when then-Sen. Scott Brown and then-Rep. Allen West did standup, Funniest Celebrity netted $17,530 (after grossing a remarkable $53,000), and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation got a check for $1,020. However: That check bounced, a Komen rep told us and they have no record of receiving a replacement. Siegel maintains that Komen received $1,400 from Funniest Celebrity. Where did the rest of the money go?