Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Celebrity Cruises Offers Interactive, Behind-The-Scenes Tours

Celebrity Cruises is the latest line to offer a behind-the-scenes tour of areas not usually visited by cruise ship passengers. Celebrity Inside Access includes two activities, the "See How It’s Done Tour" and the "Bridge Sail Away Experience." The "See How It’s Done Tour" visits the bridge, mooring deck, crew gym, theater, engine control room, prep rooms and the main dining room galley. At each area of the tour, guests can interact with Celebrity crew members. Each tour is followed by a wine-paired lunch hosted by an officer in the main dining room. The "Bridge Sail Away Experience" lets guests join the navigational team on the bridge as the ship sails from port. Beginning 30 minutes before and concluding 30 minutes after departing, guests are given a tour and an overview of the bridge by a senior Celebrity bridge officer. Guests also can meet and take photos with the captain. The Celebrity Inside Access program is offered on all ships and available for purchase onboard

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Several Cruise Lines Suspend Parasailing Excursions in Caribbean

Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line have suspended all parasailing excursions throughout the Caribbean after a Celebrity passenger died in an accident on Nov. 15 in St. Thomas. Carnival Cruise Lines suspended parasailing excursions in St. Thomas until further notice. The 60-year-old woman from the U.S., who was sailing on Celebrity Eclipse, died after participating in a company-sponsored parasailing shore excursion. The guests 34-year-old daughter was also injured in the accident. The excursion crew provided initial care until both guests were transported by ambulance to the Roy L. Schneider Hospital in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, where the woman was pronounced dead. The daughter is still being treated at the hospital, Celebrity said in a statement. A member of the lines Care Team is providing support and assistance to the hospitalized guest and her family. An investigation is under way, and Royal Caribbean and Celebrity said the parasailing excursions will remain cancelled indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation